Gels, Creams, and Lotions

Gels, creams, and lotions have become increasingly popular as sexual enhancers. This is partly because there are so many new and exciting varieties. You can choose from flavored and/or scented substances, varieties that warm up when exposed to body heat or friction, and even ones that claim to have extra arousal-stimulating ingredients. These substances also have a practical benefit: their lubricating properties make some sex acts more comfortable or pleasurable.

Pay attention to the ingredients in your lotions of gels, especially if you are allergy prone and tend to have a negative reaction to certain chemicals, flavors, or scents. You must also remember that petroleum-based substances can be detrimental to condoms and other protective materials.

Massage oils and lotions can be great for a sensual massage, but they aren't designed to go inside the body (unless they are specifically labeled that way).

Check if the lubricant you are selecting has nonoxynol-9 in it. This additive is a spermicide, meaning it kills sperm. If you do not need the protection for pregnancy prevention, it is recommended you don't use these products. It can be irritating or cause an allergic reaction.

Heightening Creams

There are many new creams on the market that are designed with women in mind. Like Viagra does for men, these products are supposed to help with the physical aspects of sexual dysfunction that some women have in achieving orgasmic states.

In the first clinical trials that gave Viagra to women, fewer than 45 percent of the women had any positive response. A separate group determined that if the women were first screened for psychological problems and those subjects were removed, the remaining group of women who exhibited physical symptoms had a success rate of more than 90 percent.

The general function of these creams is to increase blood flow to the genitals. Blood flow causes the engorgement and arousal of the genital region. Many of these creams are based on the absorption of L-arginine into the blood supply in the immediate area of the genitals. L-arginine increases the nitric oxide available to the tissue, which in turn expands the blood vessels and allows more blood to flow to the region.

The creams that are currently on the market have varying degrees of success. This is a new area in the understanding of sexual response, and it is in its infancy. We can expect more of these products to be available in the coming years.

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