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QUESTION: i asked this question before and i came across this product

>> Horny Goat Weed Extract  -   With Maca Root!  - Help Support Hormonal Vitality!*

>> and also a VITEX product
>>  and a Royal Jelly

what would be you opinion on these 3 products?


ANSWER: Hi Jessica,

1) I would avoid the first one. Horny Goat Weed has only been tested on men with erectile dysfunction and results are mixed. It's also supposed to have some pretty bad side effects. Maca is a different story. While results on its effectiveness as a sexual aid are mixed, it's known for its properties as an adaptogen and can help with stress. So if you are stressed out, you might try Maca Powder on its own, but I wouldn't count on it to increase your libido.

2) There is some evidence that Vitex helps with PMS, but that doesn't help you. No evidence it helps with libido or getting your period back.

3) The same is true for royal jelly. It may help with PMS, but no evidence it helps with libido or getting your period back.

In sum, save your money. There is no evidence that any of these herbs can help you. Sorry!

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------


so what would be the best to get back my libido?  just prenatal vitamins?

Hi Jessica,

No - the prenatals are only part of the equation. To get your libido back, you also need to get your hormones back. To do that, you need to gain enough weight to get your period again. The omega 3 supplements I recommended should also help with your hormone balance. If I hear of anything else that actually works, I'll let you know. :)

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I can answer questions about the psychology of eating, disordered eating attitudes and behaviors such as drive for thinness, drive for muscularity, binge eating, body dysmorphia, dieting, excessive/obsessive exercise, and body dissatisfaction. I can also answer questions about anorexia and bulimia.


I have a PhD in Psychology and teach courses in the Psychology of Health and the Psychology of Eating. I have been conducting research on disordered eating and exercise behaviors for 15 years.

Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association

Over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Eating and Weight Disorders

PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

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30 teaching awards, have received funding to conduct my research from academic institutions and state and local government

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