Aphrodisiac compounds are those that are commonly used to enhance sexuality via increasing sexual desire. Usually tied into testosterone or dopamine metabolism, scientific studies on these are somewhat lacklustre and mostly rat-based.


The goal of any Aphrodisiac compound is to enhance sexual appetite or activity. Many compounds are 'traditionally used' for aphrodisia, but these claims tend to not be investigated much in double-blind human interventions. Many studies are rat based, where the measured parameters are mounting frequency or mounting latency (amount of time needed to initiate doggy/ratty style) ejaculation frequency or post-ejaculatory latency (time needed for recuperation between rounds; tied in to the refractory period). Studies tend to be in male rats more than female rats, as male sexual dysfunction is more prominent in society during middle-aged or beyond.

Unfortunately, many subjective reports of 'what works' in humans (to complement the relative lack of scientific studies) are confounded with the placebo effect which significantly influence aphrodisia. Relative to other supplement categories, aphrodisiacs are usually less validated.

Things to Know

Also Known As

Sexual Stimulants, Sex Enhancers

Do Not Confuse With

Testosterone Booster (much overlap, but distinct categories)

Caution Notice

Due to some supplements increasing blood pressure (such as yohimbine) or possibly interacting with neurology (Cnidium Monnieri or Mucuna Pruriens) interactions with pharmaceuticals or poor health conditions are plausible. Please refer to a medical practitioner prior to using any product touted to act as a sexual stimulant

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers regarding Aphrodisiac

Q: Do herbal aphrodisiacs work?

A: It depends on the product touted to be an aprhodisiac, but some of them do apparently increase sexual desire; it is a relatively underresearched topic though, and we don't know why they increase sexuality

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(Common misspellings for Aphrodisiac include afrodisiac, afrodisac)