fenugreek balances hormones and improves sexual problems in healthy, young, menstruating women

For women struggling with sexual problems, this simple herb may be the answer.

Fenugreek is an important herb for women. It vastly improves the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, insomnia, headaches, psychological symptoms, sexual symptoms and quality of life. It has also been shown to promote hormonal balance by safely increasing estradiol.

For young women, fenugreek has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of painful periods (J Reprod Infertil 2014 Jan-Mar; 15(1):41–48).

Now an intriguing new study has looked at the effect of fenugreek on healthy, young women who are experiencing some degree of sexual issues.

The study included 46 healthy menstruating women. It gave half of them a placebo and half of them 250mg of fenugreek extract twice a day for 42 days.

The fenugreek produced significant benefits to sexual problems. They improved by a significant 41.67% among the women with the higher sexual dysfunction scores. The placebo group improved by only 18.18%. Irritability also improved by 40% compared to only 20.2% in the placebo group.

Fenugreek was able to safely rebalance hormones. Hormones that support sexual function, including estradiol and testosterone, went up significantly and safely in the women. They seemed to only go up in the women who needed them to go up.

The researchers concluded that the improvements in hormone levels were safe, that they improved hormone balance and that they led to significant reduction of sexual problems and irritability.

This is the second study to find such encouraging results for healthy, young, menstruating women. An earlier double-blind study found that 600mg of fenugreek extract significantly increased sexual desire and arousal. In that study too, fenugreek increased estradiol and testosterone (Phytother Res 2015;29(8):1123-30).


Clin Phytosci 2021;7,63


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