Written by Mallory Junggren
Women’s Sexual Health and Function
In recent years, women’s sexual health has gained a much bigger presence among media nationwide. Despite the fact that men’s sexual health and function has had media attention and innovation for years, women’s sexual health has not shared the same stage. Research suggests that issues related to sexual function and satisfaction are common in both men and women. However, it is still a topic that many are not comfortable discussing.
To take a step back, during arousal and sex there are various phases of physical response. Four stages have been identified in men and women: arousal, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. In stage one, when a woman becomes aroused, the blood vessels in her genitals dilate. As a result, there is increased blood flow to the female genital area. This increased blood flow can lead to the female genitalia (including the clitoris, vaginal opening, and labia) to become swollen. A woman may also become flushed, particularly in the chest and neck areas, due to blood vessels dilating. At the sexual plateau, stage two, this increase in blood flow reaches its limit and continuous stimulation is needed to build up enough excitement for orgasm. Stage three may produce an orgasm, the pleasurable release of sexual tension built in the previous stages. At stage four, the body slowly returns to its normal state. Swelling reduces and breathing and heart rate return to the body’s more natural rhythm.
Problems with sexual function and satisfaction can occur in adults of all ages. Sexual response involves a complex interaction of factors, and disruption can affect physical arousal, satisfaction, and more. Both physical and psychological factors contribute to overall sexual wellness and can have an impact on sexual function and satisfaction. Physical symptoms that may impact sexual satisfaction include the side effects of certain medications, medical conditions, and menopause. Psychological factors that may have an impact include stress and anxiety, concern about sexual performance, and marital or relationship problems.
Specifically for women, the most common problems related to sexual function and satisfaction include: inhibited desire, inability to become aroused, difficulty with orgasm, and painful intercourse. Every woman is different. Evaluating your attitude regarding sex and other factors that can contribute to these symptoms will help a doctor understand the underlying causes of the symptoms and make the appropriate treatment recommendations.
How Can Ristela Help?
Unlike sexual health products for men, there have not been many effective products designed to help women increase their overall sexual satisfaction and physical arousal. What’s more, there has not been as big a space for products like Ristela that are hormone-free, safe, and that have demonstrated side effects comparable to placebo in multiple clinical trials.
Ristela is designed to increase sexual enjoyment with daily use, with ingredients designed to improve healthy blood flow.* The ingredients in Ristela are clinically shown to be safe and have been used by women in Europe for over 20 years.
The exclusive plant-based blend in Ristela combines the powerful benefits of French maritime pine bark extract, antioxidants, and naturally occurring amino acids. The ingredients in Ristela are known to promote healthy blood flow and circulation, which are important factors in female sexual response.* Going back to stage one of a woman’s sexual response, when a woman is aroused, her blood vessels dilate. Stimulation is largely connected with arousal, which has a clear connection to blood flow. The ingredients in Ristela are designed to increase blood flow and enhance sexual satisfaction.*
The ingredients in Ristela work together to provide an increase in orgasm and physical arousal with daily use.* They help you have sex, the way you want it to be. The primary ingredients in Ristela, French maritime pine bark extract, l-arginine, l-citrulline, and rose hips extract, are collected and shipped to the United States to be made into Ristela tablets. One of the primary ingredients in Ristela, French maritime pine bark extract, is prepared from the bark of pine trees grown exclusively in southwestern France using a standardized process. The multilayered outer bark is harvested from 30-year-old trees. Cut trees are then replaced by seedlings, so that the process is completely sustainable. What’s more, the process is monitored by the French government and the majority of the forest is a national park. Another primary ingredient in Ristela, rose rips extract, originates from the fruit of the wild rose plant. It is a potent antioxidant that contains vitamin C.
The ingredients in Ristela have been studied across numerous clinical trials, encompassing either premenopausal, perimenopausal, or postmenopausal women. Across three separate clinical studies, Ristela demonstrated statistically significant improvements in women’s FSFI (Female Sexual Function Index) scores in either premenopausal, perimenopausal, or postmenopausal women. The FSFI is a validated questionnaire with multidimensional scales for the assessment of female sexual function. It represents the standard tool for the assessment of women’s sexual function. Going one step further, across all three trials Ristela demonstrated significant improvements in each domain of the FSFI score, including orgasm, physical arousal, and sexual satisfaction.1-3
In clinical trials, women saw significant improvements with Ristela at month 1, with best results by month 2 and beyond. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, Ristela demonstrated significant improvements in orgasm, physical arousal, and overall satisfaction.1-3
Sexual satisfaction is complex. Issues that contribute to sexual function and satisfaction affect both men and women and are far-reaching. Ristela is designed to increase orgasm, physical arousal, and overall satisfaction to help enhance sexual satisfaction for women.* Give Ristela a try and have sex, the way you want it to be.
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¹Bottari A, et al. Minerva Genecol. 2013;65:435-444. 8-week, active-controlled lifestyle study in 100 premenopausal women ages 37-45.
² Stanislavov R and Rohdewald P. J Women's Health Care. 2014;3:1-6. 8-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in 80 women ages 40-50.³ Bottari A, et al. Panminervea Med. 2013;65:435-444. 8-week, randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled study in 83 postmenopausal women ages 45-55.