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If you’re struggling with sexual dysfunction, know that you’re not alone. Studies suggest that between 40-43% of women experience some kind of sexually-related problem or personal distress, such as low desire or difficulty achieving orgasm.1 2 While adult women of all ages can be affected, sexual concerns appear to be most common in those between 45-64 years old, likely due to the menopausal transition.1 3
As women age, the production of sex hormones starts slowing down, potentially leading to several sexual issues.4 Among the most common are vaginal dryness, loss of sexual appetite, inability to achieve an orgasm, and problems with arousal.5
This is where libido support supplements like HerSolution try to help. Its ingredients are intended to promote the production of certain hormones and improve blood circulation. But is it a safe and effective option? We thoroughly researched the ingredients in HerSolution, so that you can decide if it’s right for you.
The ingredients in HerSolution have a decent amount of research suggesting their potential to relieve certain symptoms of sexual dysfunction, such as vaginal dryness, low libido, and reduced genital sensitivity. However, certain inclusions may interact with prescription medications or worsen some mental health conditions. And the cost of HerSolution can quickly add up over time.
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Our team investigates all of the products and services we review through a scientific lens — examining the most up-to-date research and gaining hands-on experience. For this review, we spent over 75 hours combing through dozens of studies on sexual dysfunction in women, the safety and efficacy of the ingredients in HerSolution, and the modern approaches to treating conditions like hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). As the research surrounding female sexual dysfunction — and its treatments — evolves, so too will the information on this page.
Additionally, like all health-related content on this website, this review of HerSolution was thoroughly vetted by one or more members of our Medical Review Board for accuracy.
With so many dubious products on the market promising to improve female libido, we wanted to grade HerSolution by a few criteria that we felt mattered most — the product’s safety, effectiveness, cost, and convenience.
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When evaluating the safety of a product, it’s important to look at it from a few different angles, mainly:
HerSolution’s mostly botanical ingredients are generally safe; several of them are derived from plants that have been used in Ayurvedic and ancient Chinese medicine for centuries. Unfortunately, one inclusion may not be the safest for several populations to take.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a precursor to sex hormones (androgens and estrogens), and it may improve libido in some older women.6 However, it can also interact with a wide variety of medications — including SSRIs and antipsychotics — and may increase the risk of mania in people with mood disorders, among other potential adverse effects. People who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn’t take DHEA, and, by extension, HerSolution.7
Competing products, like Promescent’s VitaFLUX, don’t use this potentially dangerous ingredient and are likely safer choices.
In terms of manufacturing, HerSolution is made in a cGMP-compliant facility in the U.S. (the same as competitor Promescent’s VitaFLUX). And while we’d prefer to see supplements tested by independent third parties, HerSolution is tested in-house for quality and safety.
As noted in the safety section above, several of the ingredients in HerSolution have been used medicinally for centuries, and others have shown promising results in clinical studies. For example, ginkgo biloba “can have positive effects on the sexual function of postmenopausal women,” and some research suggests that Tribulis terrestris might increase libido and sexual desire.8 9 However, at this time, research on these ingredients is limited and inconclusive.
But, ultimately, does HerSolution work? While the reviews are generally positive, and the research implies that it may be effective, it really comes down to the individual. Some women may notice benefits within a week or so, while others will need to take the supplement consistently for several months before seeing improvement. And some may not see results at all.
We also interviewed multiple women who tried HerSolution. In general, we found that a majority saw noticeable results (increased libido, reduced vaginal dryness, etc.) after an average of three weeks of use.
Compared to the two FDA-approved prescription treatment options for low libido or hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), HerSolution is much less expensive. As of the writing of this review, neither Addyi (flibanserin) nor Vyleesi (bremelanotide) has generic options on the market. Without insurance, four doses of Vyleesi is about $960, and Addyi starts at around $560 for 30 tablets (the manufacturer does have a savings program to keep Addyi costs under $149 per month, however).10 11
A 1-month supply of HerSolution (30 tablets) costs $59.95 (without shipping fees). Compared to some of our other top choices for female libido-boosting products, the cost is pretty much par for the course. Promescent’s VitaFLUX capsules cost $49.95 for a month’s worth, and Wisp’s OMG! Cream (topical sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra) is $39 per bottle.
Purchasing a 1-month supply of HerSolution is more expensive than the competitors we mentioned, but buying in bulk reduces the cost per month to about the same, or less.
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HerSolution also comes with a 67-day money-back guarantee — as long as you purchase at least a 2-month supply. It’s not laid out very clearly, but the guarantee requires you to try the product for 60 days before returning “two opened containers” for your money back.
Compared to some alternatives, HerSolution is fairly convenient to use. Each serving is only one tablet that you need to take with 8oz of water (as per the instructions on the box). VitaFLUX, in contrast, requires that you take six capsules — three in the morning, three at night.
Ordering HerSolution is fairly convenient, too. HerSolution is available to purchase on the website of its parent company, Leading Edge Health, or on its own dedicated one. (Both of these websites are legitimate and using one of them is the only way to guarantee you’re not purchasing a counterfeit or fake product.) The website layouts are easy to navigate and completing the checkout process is straightforward on both.
However, if you aren’t a fan of ordering items online, Leading Edge Health also accepts orders over the phone. The representatives we spoke with were all very personable and knowledgeable about the products being sold — meaning that purchasing over the phone shouldn’t be any less convenient than the online avenue.
One area where the convenience of HerSolution falters, though, is its apparent lack of a subscription service. While some people may not find it necessary to have recurring shipments of HerSolution, others might benefit from not having to remember to reorder.
HerSolution, from Leading Edge Health, is a one-pill-a-day supplement for women and AFAB individuals that’s intended to improve distressing sexual concerns, such as vaginal dryness, low libido, inability to reach orgasm, and reduced genital sensitivity.
The ingredients in HerSolution are mainly from botanical sources, which means it isn’t as fast-acting as a prescription product. However, research suggests that these ingredients can help with the intended concerns, especially in postmenopausal women. For instance, a ginkgo biloba systematic review concluded that postmenopausal women may see some positive sexual effects from the ingredient,8 and various studies on Tribulis terrestris,25 Epimedium sagittatum,30 and melatonin also suggested similar results in that population.34
It’s important to note that anyone under 18 years old and those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take HerSolution. Also, people taking prescription drugs should proceed with caution when trying HerSolution, as it can interact with a multitude of medications. And, even if you don’t fall into any of these categories, we recommend speaking with your doctor to make sure the product is a safe choice for you.
Since sexual health is a private matter, it’s important that HerSolution and its parent company — Leading Edge Health — take your privacy very seriously. Ultimately, the company does, though there are some interesting exceptions.
When you purchase HerSolution, the charge on your credit or debit card will appear as “Leadingedgehealth.com,” with no other information about what you bought from the company.
Shortly after making your purchase, Leading Edge Health will reach out to you via phone or email (or both) to confirm your order before shipping. If you’re like one of our testers who uses an alias in their email address name, then this can lead to some issues. It took quite a bit of back and forth with the company over the course of a couple of days before it was accepted that, yes, our tester did order HerSolution even though the names didn’t match up.
So, be warned that if you try to use an alias to protect your privacy and it doesn’t match up with your email address information, Leading Edge Health doesn’t like that. While we can understand — and appreciate — that the company wants to try to protect customers from fraudulent purchases being made, this was particularly frustrating to deal with.
After your order is confirmed and shipped, it will arrive at your door discreetly in plain packaging. You won’t see a HerSolution logo or any other markings to indicate what’s inside. The sender on the plain, gray mailer simply reads “Customer Service.”
Additionally, you can opt out of receiving the HerSolution newsletter or any potential third-party promotional materials in your inbox by clicking “unsubscribe” in the footer of any email you receive from the company.
Being a product, HerSolution doesn’t have its own Better Business Bureau (BBB) page, but its parent company, Leading Edge Health, does. Leading Edge Health’s BBB page notes that the company has been accredited since 2016. It boasts an A+ rating, but has 0 reviews, and only a single complaint within the past 12 months.
Navigating to try and read the complaint brings up a page that reads, “No complaints to display.” The Better Business Bureau clarifies underneath this text that some consumers may not opt to publish the details of their complaints, or the complaints might not meet the Bureau’s standards for publication.
The Trustpilot page for Leading Edge Health provides more information. The page is claimed, the company is verified, and the average of all 830 reviews has earned Leading Edge Health a 4.5-star rating or “Excellent” status. The company doesn’t appear to reply to all negative comments, however, having only replied to about half of them at the time of this review. But those it has replied to received responses in less than two days after they were posted.
Overall, the Trustpilot reviews are very positive, and a majority of them praise customer service reps, shipping speed, and the quality of the company’s products. The few negative comments (which only make up about 8% of the reviews) are mainly customers expressing frustration about the products not working for them, or taking too long to work.
Interestingly, HerSolution does have its own Trustpilot page (perhaps due to the product also having its own dedicated website). And, while there are only 26 reviews, 80% of them are 5 stars. Reviewers generally note satisfaction with their results, with many also complimenting the company’s customer service reps; the few negative comments are mainly those who had the opposite experience and didn’t see results.
HerSolution is for women or anyone with female anatomy who’s frustrated by sexually-related problems or concerns. Leading Edge Health, HerSolution’s parent company, lists a few scenarios in which HerSolution may be a solution:
From our research into HerSolution’s ingredients — which we discuss in depth later in the dedicated “HerSolution Ingredients” section — the potential certainly exists for this product to help women experiencing these concerns. Especially if you stick to the routine of taking it.
Also, due to certain ingredients having the potential to promote estrogen production,12 it may be particularly helpful for individuals going through the hormonal shifts involved during menopause (peri- and post-menopause).13
Additionally, HerSolution could also be an alternative for women who would rather not take a prescription drug for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) — HerSolution’s proprietary blend is almost entirely botanical.
There are some situations where HerSolution is not safe or ideal. And even if the following circumstances don’t apply to you, we always recommend getting the all-clear from your doctor before trying HerSolution (or any new supplement).
Additionally, if you’re not comfortable swallowing larger tablets, then the HerSolution ones may pose a bit of an issue.
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The tablets aren’t massive, by any means, but they are substantial. For comparison, they’re about the same length as the normal-sized Advil “Liqui-Gels” capsules (not the minis), but thicker and without the easy-to-swallow coating of a gelatin capsule.
The manufacturer of HerSolution, Leading Edge Health, offers bulk purchase discounts — the more you order at one time, the more you save. Whether you purchase from the Leading Edge Health website, or the HerSolution one (both are official), the product prices are the same.
Additionally, both sites will include one tube of HerSolution gel (a “libido enhancing” personal lubricant that retails for $59.95) with bulk orders. HerSolution gel is a water-based lubricant containing L-arginine, “natural botanical essences,” and aloe, shea, and cocoa butters. L-arginine is an amino acid that builds protein in the body and acts as a vasodilator, meaning it may help promote physical arousal when taken orally or applied topically.41
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Interestingly, shipping rates differ depending on whether you purchase HerSolution on its dedicated website or on the Leading Edge Health one.
On the Leading Edge Health website, shipping rates include:
However, if you purchase from the HerSolution website, only the 1-month supply option requires you to pay for shipping — all bulk orders ship for free. And the cost of shipping that 1-month supply comes at different rates than the ones mentioned above.
The only shipping option with the same cost is FedEx overnight — and the HerSolution website even comes with a unique, much less expensive USPS option.
Basically, this all amounts to the HerSolution website being the least expensive option (when you take shipping into consideration), whether you purchase a 1-month supply or more.
And if you’re not happy with HerSolution, the company offers an identical 67-day money-back guarantee on purchases from either website.
Insider Tip: It’s not made obvious in the policy, but you’ll need to purchase at least a 2-month supply of HerSolution to qualify for the money-back guarantee. Part of that guarantee is that you try the product for 60 days; the policy specifically mentions that returns should have “two opened containers.”
After trying the product for 60 days, you’ll have to return the empty containers (and any other unopened ones, if applicable) to Leading Edge Health within 67 days from the time of delivery. Once the containers are received at the warehouse, you’ll get your refund.
HerSolution combines nine active ingredients intended to help improve libido and boost sexual satisfaction. We cover these ingredients in-depth further below, but here’s a quick rundown of how HerSolution works:
Not all of these ingredients or approaches may be necessary for you. Still, since women experience sexual performance issues for different reasons, this multifaceted approach may make HerSolution more likely to benefit a wider group of people.
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While HerSolution is more transparent than some of the more sketchy female libido enhancers on the market, it isn’t quite transparent enough — particularly when it comes to its most risky ingredient, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). DHEA not only interacts with a multitude of prescription drugs, including antipsychotics, estrogen, lithium, and SSRIs, but it can also increase the risk of certain cancers, lower “good” HDL cholesterol, and lead to other adverse physical and mental health outcomes.6 7
To learn more about the potential benefits and drawbacks of all of the active ingredients in HerSolution’s proprietary blend, we break down the details in the chart below.
Niacin (also known as vitamin B3) has been shown to promote the production of endothelial nitric oxide and increase vasodilation — meaning that it can improve blood flow to the genitals.19 20 Niacin’s potential to increase blood flow, along with the important role it plays in the healthy production of various sex hormones,21 may be able to improve concerns surrounding sexual desire, arousal, and orgasm.14 15
Hops might be able to do more for you than give flavor and antimicrobial properties to your favorite beers and ales. While more research is needed on its long-term safety, hops contains the strongest known phytoestrogen (8-prenylnaringenin),12 and it appears to bind strongly to estrogen receptors.22 These attributes have led some researchers to believe that hop extract may be beneficial in the treatment of menopausal vasomotor symptoms (like hot flashes) and lack of sexual desire.23
Known by several names (Bindii, goat’s head, puncture vine, and Gokshur, to name a few), Tribulis terrestris is an herb that's been used medicinally for centuries, especially in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. Ayurveda, in particular, employs Tribulis terrestris in the treatment of impotence, venereal diseases, and sexual dysfunction.24
One clinical study suggested that Tribulis terrestris can increase libido, enhance arousal, and improve sexual satisfaction — all with minimal side effects (only one out of 30 patients reported mild abdominal cramping).9 Another separate study that focused on the effects of Tribulis terrestris on hypoactive sexual desire disorder in postmenopausal women found “significant improvement” in patients’ desire, arousal, pain, and anorgasmia (absent, delayed, or infrequent orgasms).25 This study’s researchers also noted that the probable mechanism of action of Tribulis terrestris involves an increase in serum and free testosterone, which may improve sex drive in some women.26
Mucuna pruriens, also known as velvet bean, is a popular medicinal plant in Ayurveda for treating Parkinson’s disease and acting as an aphrodisiac. Its use is likely due to the velvet bean being a naturally occurring source of L-Dopa, a precursor to dopamine.17
Dopamine plays an important role in sexual desire; it and norepinephrine are responsible for sexual excitement. Neurotransmitters are so vital to the treatment of sexual dysfunction, that one of the only prescription treatments for hypoactive sexual desire disorder, Addyi (flibanserin), works by correcting imbalances in these chemical messengers — dopamine included.18 27
The extract of Ginkgo biloba (a tree native to East Asia) increases blood flow, relaxes smooth muscle tissue, and influences nitric oxide systems.8 28 These effects, as one study found, can promote “significant” effects on physiological arousal in women experiencing sexual dysfunction when the supplement is paired with sex therapy. However, ginkgo biloba extract doesn’t appear to influence subjective arousal. This means that ginkgo biloba can promote the physical changes that occur during arousal, but it doesn’t affect the mental or psychological side.8
Epimedium sagittatum — also known as “Yin Yang Huo” or horny goat weed — may increase sexual desire through the promotion of estrogen biosynthesis.29 This likely explains why the only study on Epimedium sagittatum use in women, so far, focused on its effects in those who are postmenopausal.30
Much more thorough research is necessary to determine just how beneficial (or not) Epimedium sagittatum is on female sexual dysfunction, but low estrogen can be one of the culprits behind a low or nonexistent libido, so the promotion of estrogen biosynthesis may help.31
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that acts as a precursor to both male and female sex hormones. DHEA production peaks around age 25, then steadily declines as you age. More research is necessary, but some studies suggest that DHEA may improve sex drive in older women — but not those who are younger. Similarly, other studies have shown mixed results in perimenopausal women using DHEA for relief from menopause symptoms, such as vaginal dryness.6
Very little research has been done on the long-term safety of supplementing with synthetic DHEA (any DHEA your body didn’t make). Even in the short-term, however, it can interact with medications, raise the risk of hormone-related cancers, increase insulin resistance, reduce levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and potentially cause liver damage in high doses (over 50mg daily).6 7 And although HerSolution’s DHEA dose is only 25mg, which falls into the “possibly safe” category, we still recommend proceeding with caution and consulting your doctor first.33
Although it’s most commonly used as a supplement for promoting sleep, one study on 240 postmenopausal women suggests that melatonin “significantly improves sexual function” in members of that group.34 Related research also suggests that low melatonin levels may play a role in erectile dysfunction.35
Everyone is different and responds to treatments at different rates — and the response times to HerSolution are no different. Leading Edge Health (HerSolution’s parent company) states that results can take anywhere from a week to 90 days, but recommends you try and stick with it for at least 60.
While having recommendations from the company can be beneficial to temper expectations, we’ve also interviewed several women who have been using HerSolution for longer periods to identify any predictive patterns. Below is a summary of the timeline of the effects and their results.
Within the first two weeks, some women reported very slight changes in energy levels and overall arousal. Additionally, these women said they felt more positive, relaxed, and mentally alert starting around week three. They observed slightly quicker arousal than usual in bed and were more receptive to sex. They also experienced increased vaginal lubrication and marginally better orgasms around the start of week three or four.
Minor improvements reported in the first month started becoming more prominent. They described better sleep and less brain fog. Many of them also experienced more sexual fantasies and faster full-body arousal. Emotions were more stable, with fewer mood swings and less irritability. During sex, smaller gestures elicited more intense sensations, leading to more satisfying orgasms. At the end of the second month, most women reported a higher level of sexual satisfaction.
The improvements noticed during the first and second months persisted into the third month. Women who took HerSolution for three months reported feeling more sexual and energetic than they had before. Many women responded better to sexual stimuli and achieved satisfying orgasms.
Some women continued using HerSolution past the third month, while others decided to stop after the end of the third month because they were content with the results. The women who stopped reported no initial withdrawals or adverse reactions.
However, it’s important to note that those who stop taking HerSolution will likely (over time) return to their starting point prior to taking the supplement. This is because the product isn’t a cure for sexual dysfunction (or its root causes), it just may be able to relieve some of the symptoms while present at certain levels in your bloodstream.
HerSolution is far from the only product on the market claiming to enhance female libido. With so many options available, many of them from shady corners of the internet, we wanted to offer some HerSolution alternatives that should be generally safe (and effective) for most people.
Some, like VitaFLUX and Provestra, are also supplements, while others, like OMG! Cream and Vigorelle, are topical options. And Addyi (flibanserin) and Vyleesi (bremelanotide) are the only two FDA-approved prescription products for HSDD.
You can find further information, including additional pricing details, about some of these alternatives in our dedicated guide to female arousal pills (and topicals).
VitaFLUX, from the sexual wellness company Promescent, is a supplement for both men and women. It has potential effects akin to HerSolution but is mainly composed of amino acids instead of botanicals.
Whether you purchase the men’s or women’s variety of VitaFLUX, the ingredients, dosages, and prices are the exact same; the only difference is the color of the label. A one-time purchase of a 30-day supply is $49.95 (about $10 less than a 1-month supply of HerSolution), and you can purchase it in capsule or powder form.
Wisp is a sexual and reproductive telehealth service with a focus on women and those with female anatomy. If you’re not too keen on taking a supplement or pill, then the company’s OMG! Cream topical option may be a good alternative. This cream’s star ingredient is sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra), which has demonstrated “statistically and clinically significant increases” in female arousal when applied topically to the genitals.38
Each bottle of OMG! Cream contains 15 doses (if used as directed) and costs $39 as a single-bottle one-time purchase. Unlike HerSolution, this is a prescription item, so you will need to get your order approved by one of Wisp’s doctors before it’s shipped to you. The process is simple and straightforward, though, and Wisp’s doctors generally fill prescriptions within about a day.
Provestra, also offered by HerSolution’s parent company, Leading Edge Health, is a bit like combining HerSolution with a menopause supplement. Besides an increased libido and reduced vaginal dryness, Provestra is also intended to help menopausal women with:
Provestra includes some of the same ingredients as HerSolution, like ginkgo biloba, along with a host of unique inclusions, including (but not limited to):
The main difference between Provestra and HerSolution, aside from ingredients, is the price — for a 1-month supply, the former costs $69.95, while the latter is $59.95.
Another Leading Edge Health product, Vigorelle is an herbal arousal cream designed to enhance pleasure and moisture during sex for women. Compared to the sildenafil in OMG! Cream, there aren’t as many studies on Vigorelle’s botanical ingredients being used topically for sexual concerns. However, L-arginine does appear to somewhat boost nitric oxide synthesis when applied topically.39
Since it isn’t a supplement like HerSolution, Vigorelle can be safely combined with other treatments. Similar to Provestra, a single purchase of Vigorelle is $69.95. If you’re not opposed to using a prescription topical, then we’d likely recommend Wisp’s OMG! Cream over Vigorelle, especially since it has more scientific backing (and it’s about $30 less expensive).
Also called the “little pink pill,” Addyi is the only FDA-approved prescription pill to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). HSDD is characterized by a low libido in pre-menopausal women that results in frustration or distress. It can be caused by anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma, or low hormone levels, among other reasons.40
Addyi is taken once a day, similar to HerSolution. Common side effects of the “little pink pill” include:
You can secure your prescription on the Addyi website with a $15 online doctor consultation via BeyondMD. The medication ships to you for free, or you can opt to pick it up at a local pharmacy. The cost of the medication varies depending on insurance coverage. If you use Addyi’s partner pharmacy, PhilRx, through the savings program, however, your prescription costs will be kept below $149 per month.
Vyleesi is an FDA-approved injectable medication for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). Besides the topical options, this prescription is the closest thing to “instant” you can find; it starts working about 45 minutes post-injection and can last up to 10 hours.
The most commonly reported side effects of Vyleesi are:
Beyond the whole injection aspect of this treatment, the major caveat to Vyleesi is its price. The prescription is only available through a specialty pharmacy, KnippeRx. And while “most commercially insured” patients may pay as little as $0, those who are uninsured could have to pay nearly $1,000 for four doses.10
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