Horny goat weed, scientifically known as epimedium got its name when a goat herder noticed increased promiscuous activities in his goats after eating this leafy herb. True to its name, horny goat weed is long known for being a strong aphrodisiac, a substance that boosts libido in men and women. This herb is widely used in Traditional Chinese medicine (TMC) for erectile dysfunction and impotence in men. Today, horny goat weed is offered in supplemental pills and capsules used by men and women to regain sexual vitality and relieve low libido.
Horny goat weed is a leafy herb producing red and yellow flowers, typically growing in several parts of China, Korea, and other regions of Asia. Horny Goat Weed is famous in different countries all over the world for its other names like barrenwort, epidmedium, bishop's hat, herba epimedii, and inyokaku. In China, Horny Goat Weed is known as Yin Yang Huo. In TMC practice, the leaves of Horny Goat Weed is dried and treated with lamb's fat before it is used for treatment of low sex drive. Horny Goat Weed supplements available in the market are made from standardized horny goat weed leaf extract.
According to studies, the leaf of horny goat weed is rich in natural substances called flavonoids that affect multiple organ systems in the body. These chemicals improve bone density, immune system, energy production, and kidney functions. More importantly, horny goat weed extract demonstrated estrogen inhibiting and testosterone boosting properties which may improve libido. There is another theory that horny goat weed supplements inhibit the PDE-5 enzyme levels in the body. Another PDE-5 inhibitor is pfizer's Viagra, the most famous Male Enhancement Pills for all time. This is why Horny Goat Weed is often referred to as nature's safer but equally effective version for Viagra.
Apart from sexual health, the benefits of Horny Goat Weed extend to total well-being. Horny goat weed for women helps relieve the discomforts associated with pre-menstrual syndrome and menopause. It is also known to support athletic performance with its Testosterone Boosting Powers. The male hormone testosterone is responsible for the development of lean muscles in men and energy production. It appears that Horny goat weed aids in relieving the symptoms of hay fever or allergic rhinitis. When used together with green tea and garlic, it can be used for treatment of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries produces potentially serious complications like high blood pressure, heart attack, coronary artery disease, and stroke.
Every fertile woman has the ability to become pregnant. But when she's not ready, she turns then to contraceptive methods. The latter that are also referred to as hormonal methods are based on hormones that could be estrogen or progesterone, or both. These hormones are placed or injected in the body, or taken orally as it's the case with oral contraceptives that are the most famous methods of contraception. Yet, a number of scientific studies have tried to find an answer to relation between these contraceptive hormones and some issues in sexual function of women.
A new scientific study carried by a group of researchers from Department of Sexological Research, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Denmark, is one of these studies that explored the relationship between women's sexual function and Combined Hormonal Contraception (CHC). The study could be found here http://www.ibimapublishing.com/journals/GYNE/2014/616630/616630.html
According to this study, which is published in an International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, several studies have associated CHC "with an increase in sexual desire measured by the FSFI (Female Sexual Function Index) Desire domain score compared to desire at baseline."
And based on that hypothesis correlating between hormonal contraceptives and sexual issues, the mentioned study has investigated a sample community of active women. But, researchers find that "contrary to (our) hypothesis, CHC use was in general not correlated with a higher level of sexual problems or sexual distress." However, they "found that more women using CHC containing anti-androgenic progestin reported sexual problems and sexual distress than women using CHC containing other progestins."
Researchers stressed out that this study "is the first reported cross-sectional investigation of CHC users that has included the FSDS (Female Sexual Distress Scale) questionnaire to measure sexual distress." The results revealed that "significantly fewer CHC users reported sexual distress compared to non-HC users and that fewer women in the OP-CHC group reported sexual distress compared to both the AAP-CHC and non-HC groups."
To find more detailed answers about what's related to women sexual issues, researchers have investigated several other factors. "The results showed that age, children living at home, alcohol consumption, and smoking were not correlated with women's sexual function" the study mentioned.
But what's related is the couple's relationship status. "In our study, a short-term stable relationship (0-2 years) was significantly correlated with not having sexual problems, and a long-term stable relationship (3 or more years) was significantly correlated with having sexual distress" researchers said.
Nonetheless, the relationship stability is a not always a positive sign, but worries of a relationship partners can transform into a negative effect. The study stated it clearly that "a stable relationship could have a positive effect because of greater sexual activity in the initial stages, but have a negative effect later in the relationship derived from worrying about partner satisfaction and other relationship problems."
To sum up, this study has eliminated correlation between CHC and women sexual issues, and researchers expressed that "CHC use in general is not correlated with a higher degree of sexual problems or sexual distress." Though, they are calling for "further research and longitudinally controlled studies, including blood samples ... to reveal the nature and extent of CHC effects on women's sexual function."
Sexual health is such a wide topic with so many opinions that it is hard to get any straight answers. Even if you are lucky enough to get an answer one might find that there is another answer waiting just to contradict that one. It's a puzzling world for both men and women. This distinction is brought to light simple because of the fact that men and woman see sex differently. They experience puberty differently and male's sexual health is far different to female's sexual health.
It can seriously be argued that Men's sexual health begins at puberty. Women on the other hand, do experience wide and broad ranges of emotions coupled with psychological and physical issues far worse than men. Though men and women experience sexuality differently; it's imperative however, that young men and woman are made aware of the risks they face and what they need to do cope.
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Sexuality and women's health in general go hand in hand. It's just plain biology, the fact is women are the reproductive vessels of our species and their bodies undergo tremendous changes and pressure and the sexual and general health are often one in the same. Women have many different stages of their lives that sexual health takes on different aspects; there are different precautions for pregnancy than there is for menopause. There're different requirements for puberty than there is for a woman in her twenties. The list is endless.
Men's sexual health however is less diverse but by no means less important. The first and most obvious is Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STD's). This is something that all men and women need to be aware of and act accordingly. It is very much man's responsibility to get himself checked-out regularly, and protect himself and his partner always!
When we discuss questions in the male sexual health realm we can have questions from "can you break your penis" to more involved and serious questions such as "how do I deal with prostate cancer." Male sexual health is not something that is very openly spoken about; this may be due to the fact that in most cultures it is unaccepted discourse. However in today's evolving world men are becoming increasing open to discuss and asking question about men's sexual health.
There're serious problems out there, unfortunately most are not given as much social awareness as things that are more economically beneficial to the pharmaceuticals market and are as closely attached to men's ego's, such as erectile dysfunctions. Yes these are important aspects to men's health but to a large extent these issues are being flogged on the TV, internet and anywhere else purely for the economic, wealth creating, factor and less for the concerns and sexual health of men and sexual health of woman. Serious sexual and women's health in general have taken a significant back seat in the public eye simply because it is not as profitable to talk about. That is why it is up to the households to educate the next generation, because the capitalist orientated-world won't. Sexual health questions are part of growing-up, and parents should encourage their children to be open about sexual questions.