SEX supplements are as easy to pick up nowadays as a pint of milk – but do any of the herbal products actually work?
Scientists from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas found that natural ingredients such as horny goat weed and ginseng – mainstays of most herbal aids – will not boost stamina or help lift fellas.
And only 17 per cent of studies into these remedies have reported improvement in erectile function.
We asked full-time mum Eleanor Radley, 24, and partner Daniel Rowe, 28, a mechanic, who live in Blackburn, to each try one supplement a day for a week – and to compare them to clinically proven Viagra, which they tried on the final night.
Here, they share the results of their thrilling, if exhausting, week with Georgette Culley.
- Always consult your GP if you have any health concerns before using any of these products.
- Bliss Balm, 20g (£9.99, LoveHoney)
ELEANOR SAYS: “I didn’t have a great reaction when I tried this on. It is meant to increase your orgasms by making your intimate regions more responsive. I just felt like I was on fire below.
“But it was fun putting it on – it felt very intimate. It did get better after a while and I felt all tingly and my sensations were heightened.”
- Superhero Performance Spray (£22.95, Amazon)
DANIEL SAYS: “I doused the spray on my tackle expecting it to turn me into the Incredible Bulk, but it didn’t work.
"It is also supposed to delay ejaculation and allow for a long sexual experience, but the session was pretty average and lasted ten minutes, unfortunately for Eleanor.”
- Big Bang Female Pills (£12.99, harmonystore.co.uk)
ELEANOR SAYS: “I tried the Big Bang female libido-boosting pills and they certainly didn’t disappoint.
“It didn’t take long for them to kick in – around 30 minutes – and I definitely climaxed quicker than usual, and my orgasm lasted longer. We had sex three times and each time got better.”
- Hard Man Penis Erection Performance Pills, 450mg, (£3.90, Amazon)
DANIEL SAYS: “I tried the Hard Man pills and I was pleasantly surprised.
“The packaging looked a bit like something you would pick up in a joke shop but they made my tackle no laughing matter.
“I was harder than the Sunday Times Crossword.”
- Unisex Intimate CDB Massage Oil, 50ml, (£29.99, LoveHoney)
ELEANOR SAYS: “I was a bit sceptical about CBD oil but I was amazed by this product.
“You don’t put it on your nether regions, you only apply it from the waist up.
“Daniel gave me a really sensual massage and it made me all tingly down below.
“I have had back problems so it made me feel much more comfortable and relaxed in bed.
“We had different sex, more romantic and slow but just as good.”
DANIEL SAYS: “After seeing how amazing Eleanor felt using the oil I couldn’t wait for my turn.
“Like Eleanor, it definitely helped me relax and got me in the mood. The scent made me feel very aroused and we had good sex after and felt very close.”
- Goldmax Pink Libido Enhancement Pills (£6.99, eBay)
ELEANOR SAYS: “These herbal pills made me really horny and I took charge in the bedroom for a steamy session. It was way easier to orgasm with them.”
- Stud Action Cream (£4.99, harmonystore.co.uk)
DANIEL SAYS: “It promises to make you last longer. It stung a bit, but I lasted half an hour the first time and we had great sex twice.”
- Horny Goat Weed (£22.99, Holland & Barrett)
ELEANOR SAYS: “This one is supposed to be taken with food twice a day and needs a fortnight to kick in.
“I did feel I had more sexual appetite than normal, but that might have been in my head more than a physical urge.
“Daniel and his dad didn’t realise that it was just for women and took it, too. They also found their sex drive had increased.”
- DTP VIAPRO (£8.99, Holland & Barrett)
DANIEL SAYS: “Billed as a natural male enhancement supplement, it was quite expensive and didn’t do anything for me.
“Eleanor’s pills worked well so that got me in the mood – horny goat weed turned her into a horny devil.”
- Vishagra Pink Maxxx Pink Pills £29.99, LoveHoney)
ELEANOR SAYS: “By Thursday I was feeling a bit sexed out – I just wanted to snuggle on the sofa and watch Corrie. But like a trouper I ploughed on.
“I took one pill, which contains oyster meat powder, and it helped get me in the mood. My orgasm was more intense and powerful and lasted for longer.”
- Gold Max Blue Pill, (£3.95, harmonystore.co.uk)
DANIEL SAYS: “One pill really kept my stamina up. We had sex twice – for two hours. But it wasn’t all good. After, my heart was beating like mad and I felt a bit shaky.
“I felt like I’d downed about ten Red Bulls in a row. You need to be a bit careful with this one.”
Viagra Connect, 50mg, (£19.99, Boots)
ELEANOR SAYS: “You can’t buy real Viagra for women so I just waited for Daniel’s to kick in.
“It worked, but perhaps a little too well. It was as if he’d morphed into a porn star. He was going like a jackhammer, but I did have three orgasms.
“My pleasure turned to pain though, and after five hours, six sessions and most of the positions of the Kama Sutra ticked off, I had to call it a day.”
DANIEL SAYS: “I had to say I suffer from erectile dysfunction to be allowed to buy it from Boots.
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"It beats the herbal products hands down. But the problem is, once you have had enough, the old chopper has not. Irritating when you want to go to sleep.
“If you don’t need it for medical reasons and just want to boost your performance, it’s not worth the risks. Herbals all the way for me.”
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