Sexual stimulants include biologically active ingredients that create an actual effect on the body. People can use them for fun, to try something new, or depending on the type of effect the product has, it might be very helpful.
How do I know if something is a sexual stimulant?
One of the first ingredients should be an active ingredient and something from the menthol, cinnamon or pepper family that creates an effect. The first ingredient could also be a blood vessel dilator like L-Arginine that accelerates the effect.
A few of the most popular active ingredients are:
- Menthol – Feels either warm or cool and often tingling. Menthol is a natural ingredient that draws blood to the surface of the skin and awakens the nerve endings. For some people, it can irritate and dry your skin.
- Peppermint Oil – A natural ingredient with a similar effect of awakening nerve endings like menthol, but a little more subtle and does not irritate or dry out your skin.
- L-Arginine – Might feel a slight warming sensation. Increases sensitivity by dilating the blood vessels to increase blood flow. Often paired with other ingredients to accelerate their effect. NOTE: You should consider avoiding it. It’s not safe to use if you’re pregnant, diabetic, or have herpes. Even if you don’t have any of those, it’s safety is still questionable.
- Capsicum (Pepper Family) – Makes tissue temporarily contract. Also, might have a subtle warming sensation.
What are the different types of sexual stimulants?
- Clitoral, G-spot, and Nipple – Clitoral, G-spot and nipple stimulants are generally designed to heighten sensitivity by increasing blood flow, which awakens nerve endings. (Clitoral stimulants can also be used on the nipples or penis for an added sensation!)
- Oral sex enhancers – Oral sex aids and enhancers usually create a tingling, cooling or warming sensation in the mouth of the person giving oral sex to give their partner for more pleasure.
- Tighteners – Vaginal enhancers and tighteners are designed to shrink the space inside the vagina so that people feel more friction during penetration. However, they often dry-out or irritate the vagina. We would recommend using a Kegel and pelvic floor exerciser, which is a great alternative to tightening the vagina.
- Desensitizers - Most often used to reduce the sensitivity of a man’s erection, a penis desensitizer is used so he doesn’t climax sooner than he would like to. Anal densitizers can assist with the comfort of anal sex and penetration. However, this prevents your body from telling your brain, "This hurts."
- Libido enhancers – Both women and men suffer from lack of desire and need libido enhancers. These sexual stimulants bring blood flow to the clitoris or penis, which causes more sensitivity, to increase arousal.
- Pheromones – Pheromones are chemicals that send subconscious scent signals to other individuals and can trigger emotional and sexual responses. They also mimic a person’s natural pheromones, creating a feeling of well-being or arousal to the person wearing them, or smelling them. There is a lot of controversy as to whether these actually work. It is almost like the G-spot --- you have to decide for yourself.
Why do people use a sexual stimulant on the clitoris or penis?
- Just for fun and to try something new that causes different sensations.
- They find the “awareness” that comes when their genitals are warmed/cooled/tingling mentally and physically erotic.
- They want to bring more blood flow to the area and awaken their nerve endings.
- They are going through menopause and notice a lack of genital sensitivity.
- There has been a lack of genital sensitivity as a side effect from medications, health issues, or depression.
- They are using a condom and feel that it decreases sensation. (Only use oil-free stimulants with latex.)
When using a sexual stimulant, remember to keep in mind what works for your friend, may not work for you. If you tried the same product and felt nothing, there is nothing wrong with you. It is normal for people to experience these products in different ways. Everyone is unique. You should try a different brand with different ingredients until you find something that works for your body.
Also, you might feel the product may be stronger or lighter when you use it more than once. Why? People have hormonal changes throughout the month and during different stages of life. Those hormone changes can vary your sensitivity levels. If a product stops working for you, try a different one with different ingredients. Likewise, you could try the product again at a different time.