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3 Sexual Benefits of Ginger For Men

Katelyn Hagerty

Reviewed by Katelyn Hagerty, FNP

Written by Rachel Sacks

Published 04/05/2023

If you like to use ginger in your cooking, you might be in luck. Ginger is a plant with some pretty powerful medicinal qualities, such as its ability to treat several illnesses and common health problems, like nausea, pain or vomiting.

Ginger has also often been used as a natural stimulant in traditional medicine to increase sexual arousal.

So, what are the potential sexual benefits of ginger? Could this powerful plant help improve sexual function and reduce conditions like erectile dysfunction (ED) or premature ejaculation?

This article will look at how ginger can benefit you sexually and if it can be helpful for increasing sexual desire and more.

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The Many Benefits of Ginger

Ginger can be used in many different forms, from ginger powder to ginger root oil, to add zest and flavor to your food. 

The health benefits are just as numerous. For example, gingerol, a natural component of ginger root, helps the digestion process. This can provide relief from nausea, gas and bloating.

What is ginger used for sexually, though? 

4 sexual benefits of ginger for men

Increased Blood Flow

While research on how ginger affects sex drive directly is limited, this medicinal plant has been shown to lower blood pressure, including for people with hypertension, or high blood pressure. 

Ginger has also been found to increase blood flow. An in vitro study (a study not done on humans or animals) showed that ginger can also prevent blood clots and help dilate the blood vessels

Studies have found a connection between higher blood pressure and a higher risk of sexual dysfunction in men. If ginger helps lower blood pressure and dilate blood vessels, it could increase sexual arousal and libido.

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May Improve Fertility

Ginger could also be beneficial for improving fertility in men.

One review of animal studies found that ginger could increase testosterone by enhancing blood flow in the testes, which reduces oxidative stress and increases luteinizing hormone — a hormone responsible for testosterone production. Specifically, ginger raised testosterone levels by increasing hormone reproduction levels.

The medicinal plant may also enhance semen quality by improving the concentration, motility and viability of sperm cells, although this was discovered through animal studies.

Reduces Oxidative Stress

Most people experience oxidative stress, which happens when your body's antioxidants and free radicals become imbalanced, at some point in their lives. This can damage your cells and lead to inflammation.

One study suggests that oxidative stress could be associated with poor erectile function. However, more research is needed.

Ginger has been found to decrease oxidative stress in the body. Similarly, this medicinal plant can also help relieve inflammation, although the precise connection between inflammation and sexual performance is not fully known.

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Does Ginger Reduce Erectile Dysfunction?

If you struggle with getting or maintaining an erection during sex, you could be dealing with erectile dysfunction. This condition has many causes, from mood disorders like depression to medication and more.

According to an animal study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, ginger might reduce blood pressure. This effect means the natural benefits of ginger may not only improve heart health, but could also positively impact sexual performance.

A 2017 study also found that ginger, combined with other herbal medicines, may work as a potential treatment for ED. However, more research is needed to look at the effects of ginger itself for ED and sexual function.

So, while there’s no definitive answer about ginger’s potential to increase sexual function, there’s certainly some evidence that this plant could reduce sexual dysfunction.

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The Final Word on Sexual Benefits of Ginger

What is ginger used for sexually? Studies have found that this medicinal plant improves blood flow, reduces oxidative stress, increases reproductive hormone levels and may improve fertility. Ginger may also help with sexual dysfunction, like erectile dysfunction, and it's been used for this purpose in traditional medicine..

However, more research is needed to confirm the sexual benefits of ginger, and so it’s probably not the first treatment to turn to if you’re having problems in the bedroom. 

If you’re currently struggling with sexual dysfunction, your healthcare provider may recommend certain medications. For example, erectile dysfunction may be treated with sildenafil, while sertraline can be used for premature ejaculation.

You can also connect with a healthcare provider to discuss more premature ejaculation treatments or ED medications that can help you.

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