By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
October 31, 2015
- Women: Don’t fall prey to the new “pleasure pill”
- This is no amorous roll in the sheets
- Here’s how to get your mojo flowing again
This month, the drug that’s supposed to increase women’s satisfaction in the bedroom hit the market. And I’ll be perfectly honest with you.
It’s a joke.
No woman in her right mind would take this drug.
It isn’t even close to being comparable to the “little blue pill.” The drugs men use ramp up blood flow so their performance is enhanced. Basically the blood flow stimulates arousal.
But this new pill for women – which has to be taken every day – doesn’t have the same type of effect. Instead, it’s designed to mess with the chemicals in your brain to boost sexual desire.
Well, here’s the rub.
It really doesn’t work very well.
In the most recent clinical trial, the results were abysmal. The women reported an increase of only .5 satisfying bedroom events a month. This is a very insignificant number.
And only a measly 8-13% had an improvement on one out of three primary outcomes.
That’s another dismal number.
It means that not only does the drug NOT work for about ninety out of 100 women, but when it does “work” on the remaining 10 women the benefits are negligible at best.
But most important is the number and type of adverse events that come with it.
First, it can cause an alarming drop in blood pressure and fainting. Now, here’s a critical point that you need to understand: Almost a third of the women in the trial experienced one of these problems.
In other words, only a handful of women had any type of benefit, while a boatload of them had a horrifying adverse reaction.
Other side effects include dizziness, nausea, dry mouth and sleepiness. And all of these adverse events are raised even further if you consume alcohol.
I don’t care whether you’re a man or a woman.
This doesn’t sound like an amorous roll in the bed sheets for anyone!
All in all, taking a daily pill that fiddles with important brain neurotransmitters is a bad idea. And it’s certainly not the key to bedroom bliss.
The solution is much simpler than that.
You see, there’s one thing that absolutely has to occur for a perfect union and completely satisfying sexual experience. And men know it all too well.
Blood needs to rush into your genital area. This is what gives men a robust erection. The same reaction occurs in women, too. Extra blood flow into the female region creates a slight genital swelling and fires up a woman’s erotic sensitivities.
The real key, then, is to get your blood pumping exactly the way it should.
Now, the most important substance involved in relaxing and expanding your blood vessels is nitric oxide, or NO.
When nitric oxide is plentiful, your arteries, blood vessels and veins are wide open. Blood surges through them exactly the way it should.
And do you know what that means? Action where you want it, when you want it!
Better yet, it isn’t hard to increase your nitric oxide levels.
Certain foods are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. When you eat them, they go through a process in your body that results in the production of nitric oxide.
Red beetroot (or beetroot juice) is a great source of nitrates. Leafy greens, like arugula, spinach and kale are also at the top of the list. Other foods that are very high in nitrate include celery, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, radish and turnips.
Better yet, look for a plant-based NO enhancer that has beetroot juice as its main ingredient. These plant-based formulas vary from one manufacturer to another, so make sure to choose the one that gives you the biggest bang for your buck.
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