Women claim they’ve revived their slack sex drive thanks to a bizarre new trend that seems to be sweeping the US.
The craze, nicknamed “movement” by a women’s magazine, involves women taking dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in an attempt to enlarge their clitoris.
An advocate claimed she suddenly found it much easier to cum, described her orgasms as more intense, and claimed she felt like a 14-year-old who “wants to fuck everything I see.”
The powerful hormone, technically a chemical by-product of testosterone, is popular among bodybuilders for its supposed muscle-building powers.
DHT plays a critical role in the development of the penis, scrotum, and prostate and aids in the growth of facial and body hair. However, too much promotes hair loss, while too little is linked to erectile dysfunction.
Then, in a similar way, it aids in clitoral growth by increasing blood flow to the erectile tissue in women, causing it to enlarge.
A popular black market drug among bodybuilders, the male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), promotes the growth of facial, body and pubic hair. Still, women now use it to grow their clitoris, making it easier to have an orgasm
Women with a larger clitoris find it easier to orgasm, according to anecdotal reports and one Study from 2014. Some clinics even offer surgery to enlarge it.
However, the science is still weak.
The clitoris, located just above the vagina, can average 7-12 cm in length and swells up to 300 percent when aroused.
However, low libido is a common problem, affecting up to 34 percent of women at some point in their lives, especially middle-aged women going through menopause.
‘It is often linked to professional and personal stress, or major life-changing events such as pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding,’ explains the NHS.
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE HAVE LOW SEX DRIVES?
A low sex drive is known as loss of libido.
Previous research has suggested that nearly half of all women are affected at some point in their lives, and many men are, too.
It is often associated with relationship problems, stress or fatigue, but can also indicate an underlying health problem.
Sex drive varies from person to person and no libido is ‘normal’. However, if it is affecting your relationship, it may be worth seeking help from a GP or psychosexual therapist.
- Relationship problems – such as becoming overly familiar with your partner, poor communication, or trust issues
- Sexual problems – including erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Age – sex hormones fall during menopause. Low libido can also occur due to medication side effects or mobility issues
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding – can cause changes in hormone levels, exhaustion, or altered priorities as people focus on their child
- Underlying health problems — such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes
- Medication – including antidepressants and high blood pressure medications
- Alcohol and drugs
Source: NHS ChoiceS
“Unexpected loss of libido — especially if it’s long-lasting or recurring — may also indicate an underlying personal, medical, or lifestyle problem, which can be distressing for both partners in a relationship.”
Depending on the cause, there are several things women can do to boost their sex drive, including couples therapy, vaginal lubricants, or hormone replacement therapy.
Anecdotal evidence now also suggests that DHT can be used effectively to combat this with few side effects.
Speak against Cosmopolitana 34-year-old mother of two and makeup artist living in Phoenix, Arizona, known only as Kristie, bought a month’s supply of an anabolic steroid cream – containing DHT – to help enlarge her clitoris.
Apply “a small amount of the cream with her fingers” twice a day, in just one week of hair clitoris ‘was fuller and more sensitive’.
Her ability to orgasm was also “suddenly easier” and she was able to orgasm after 20 minutes of stimulation as opposed to the hour it took.
The cumming also felt “more intense,” she told Cosmopolitan. “I feel like a 14-year-old boy who wants to fuck everything I see.”
Another 22-year-old woman, known only as Kelly, used a cream containing androgens and anabolic steroids.
She told Buzzfeed News, “Within a few weeks I could see my clitoris getting bigger. It was an incredible surprise.’
The “Grow Your Clit” movement, as it has been nicknamed, has also gained traction on kink social networking sites and public forums, including Reddit.
About 43,000 people in one subreddit group share advice and their experiences with DHT with other members.
However, doctors do not recommend using non-prescription testosterone.
If not taken in the correct dose, it can cause testosterone levels in the body to become too high, which can cause common side effects in women such as increased facial and pubic hair growth, acne, and menstrual irregularities.
High doses of DHT can also cause mood swings or hoarseness, according to the NHS.
DHT is one of the hormones that can be found in anabolic steroids, which are classified as class C drugs, meaning they are available by prescription only. However, they are easily available illegally online or through social media.
Despite claims that clitoral enlargement can help, studies show mixed results on the correlation between clitoral size and having an orgasm.
A 2020 study in the Journal of Surgery and Medicine found that there was a “significant relationship between clitoral visibility and orgasm.”
Researchers said, “Genital surgeries performed to increase clitoral visibility may facilitate sexual satisfaction and/or increase orgasm intensity.”
In addition, a study in 2014 concluded that a small clitoral glans can cause problems upon reaching orgasm.
However, scientists acknowledged several limitations of the study, including that it involved only 30 premenopausal women, with an average age of 32.
A recent study in the Turkish Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded that ‘no significant relationship was found between genital measurements and sexual function or orgasm’.