Maggie Gyllenhaal will be hosting a very special episode of Discovery Channel’s show “Curiosity” that deals with female sexuality. Gyllenhaal was selected specifically because of her sexually charged roles in such films as “Secretary” and the upcoming movie “Hysteria.” According to the show’s Senior Executive Producer, Simon Andreae, this is “a film that explores the nature of female sexuality and whether the female orgasm helps in conception, how it evolved, why it’s there, what it means, and so on.”
Not particularly surprising that female sexuality is such an enigma, after all nearly 40 percent of women will experience some type of sexual dysfunction in their lifetime. As for arousal, what can be done? Here are some natural aphrodisiacs to help things along.
Chocolate: As if we ladies need an excuse to eat chocolate, studies show it may improve female sexual function. One study found that women who ate chocolate daily reported better sexual function than women who did not eat chocolate. However, these results did not hold up when adjusted for age. But if eating chocolate boosts your mood, it might help put you in the mood too.
Yohimbine: Looking for something a bit more exotic? Yohimbine, an extract of West African yohim trees, is prescribed to dilate pupils and is approved by the FDA for this purpose. It was also a precursor to today’s erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs. An analysis of several studies examining the effectiveness of yohimbine for ED found varying levels of success based on the cause of ED. Preliminary studies show promise for yohimbine combined with L-arginine for the treatment of ED. But watch out: side effects of yohimbine include elevated blood pressure, anxiety and heart palpitations.
Muira Puama: Could the legendary sexual prowess of Brazilians be attributed to muira puama? Native to Brazil, this herb, also known as potency wood, shows great promise as an aphrodisiac. Studies, while limited, show the herb increases libido and sexual desire in men and sexual desire, fantasies and orgasm in women. How this herb works is not yet understood and more studies are needed to confirm these results.
Alcohol: Then there’s the old college stand-by: beer goggles. We certainly don’t condone getting your date tipsy in your wooing efforts, but it’s well documented that a little alcohol can reduce inhibitions that may in turn have benefits in the bedroom.