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Hope for women looking for more “oomph” in the bedroom

Your new “little secret”

Q: I’m a woman who is looking for a little help in the bedroom. There are tons of products out there for men, but I’m having trouble finding something especially for me–and I’m a little too embarrassed to ask at the pharmacy!

Dr. Wright: We’ve all heard and read–endlessly, it seems–of remedies for “ED,” the politically correct term for a man’s inability to achieve or maintain erections. Perhaps it’s because I’m a guy, but I haven’t noticed any advertising for similar products for women–to help promote female sexuality. But I accidentally tripped over one recently, in a major patent-medicine store (“drugstore”), no less.

Of course, I inspected the label, and was amazed to read that it is–gasp!–all natural and apparently harmless. And there’s a very good chance that it may work, at least for some women.

When I checked out this product’s background, I was also pleasantly surprised to find actual scientific research…Admittedly not a large amount, but enough to pass this along.

So what exactly is this completely unpublicized but promising remedy? It’s a topically-applied product called Zestra for Women®.

According to a 2003 double-blind placebo-controlled study, “Zestra for Women is a botanical feminine massage oil formulated to enhance female sexual pleasure and arousal when applied to the vulva. We conducted this randomized, double-blinded, crossover study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Zestra for Women compared to placebo oil in 10 women with and 10 women without female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD)…Both normal and FSAD women showed statistically significant improvements, relative to placebo, in level of arousal, level of desire, satisfaction with arousal, genital sensation, ability to have orgasms, and sexual pleasure.”

Sounds great, but you might be wondering what, exactly, is in Zestra for Women®? According to the label, it contains borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, angelica extract, coleus forskohlii extract, theobromine, ascorbyl palmitate (an oil-soluble form of vitamin C), tocopherol, and natural flavor. All quite natural–even the flavor (the purpose of which I’ll leave to your imagination).

Obviously, I have no personal experience with this product, and Holly isn’t telling! But if you’d like to read a much more comprehensive, skeptical, but relatively “fair and balanced” review of Zestra for Women®, please see

Zestra for Women® is available without a prescription online through retailers including Amazon.