Current Sexual Health Reports

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 132–143 | Cite as

Plant-Derived Supplements for Sexual Health and Problems: Part 1—Trends over the Past Decade

  • David L. RowlandEmail author
  • Sean M. McNabney
  • Allyse M. Donarski
Preclinical and Psychophysiology (F Guarraci and L Marson, Section Editors)
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  1. Topical Collection on Preclinical and Psychophysiology


Purpose of Review

In this update on plant-derived supplements, we provide a general introduction regarding the status and interest in phytochemicals for sexual health, indicating both progress and problems with past and current research.

Recent Findings

We summarize the development and current status of two well-known plant-derived supplements, using them as case studies for understanding some of the problems associated with the study of such supplements on sexual health.


We interpret the current situation regarding plant-derived supplements, identify common sources/journals for information about medicinal herbs for sexual health, identify supplements that are garnering increasing attention within the research community, and discuss the larger potential and pitfalls associated with this domain of research.


Phytochemicals Herbs Plant-derived supplements Sexual health Sexual dysfunction Sexual desire Erectile function 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Rowland
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sean M. McNabney
    • 1
  • Allyse M. Donarski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyValparaiso UniversityValparaisoUSA

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