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Investigation of the effect of Elaeagnus angustifolia flower capsule on sexual satisfaction and levels of androgenic hormones in 18-40 year old married women with low sexual desire referring to selected clinics of Shiraz University of medical sciences, 2012

Purpose: Sexual satisfaction is one of the main dimensions of family life. This study aimed to investigate the effect of Elaeagnus angustifolia flower capsule on sexual satisfaction and levels of androgenic hormones with low sexual desire in 2012.

Methods: This randomized clinical trial was conducted on 84 women aged 18-40 y old. The intervention group that was not suffering from hypothyroidism and hyperprolactinemia received E. angustifolia, while the control group received placebo (4 capsules a day, 2 capsules every 12 h, for 35 d). Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and enrich marital satisfaction questionnaire were filled out and the levels of androgenic hormones were measured before and after the intervention.

Results: No significant difference between was observed between the two groups regarding sexual desire disorder before the intervention (P=0.269). After the intervention, however, this measure decreased from 53.7 to 19.5, which was statistically significant (P=0.001). Nevertheless, no significant difference was found between the two groups regarding sexual satisfaction mean score (0.89 vs. 0.96) and mean level of androgenic hormones before and after the intervention (P>0.05).

Conclusion: E. angustifolia flower capsule was effective in improvement of sexual desire, but it did not improve the sexual satisfaction and level of androgenic hormones.

Author(s): Zeinalzadeh Sanaz, Dabbaghmanesh Mohammad H, Akbarzadeh Marzieh, Mohagheghzadeh Abdol Ali, Sayadi Mehrab