The normal physiologic response to stimulation in women includes relaxation of blood vessels to the clitoris, causing engorgement, enlargement and increased sensitivity. This response is not unlike an erection in a man, with blood flowing to the organ during stimulation resulting in enlargement and increased sensitivity. For many reasons, especially aging, most women have a decreased amount of blood flow to the clitoris and thus a decreased sexual response. Lotus cream works by relaxing blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the clitoris. Lotus cream does not contain any hormones, thus the response is temporary and does not cause permanent enlargement of the clitoris.
Unlike the newly released drug for Female Sexual Dysfunction, Addyi, Lotus cream addresses the genital cause of decreased sexual response in women which is decreased blood flow to the clitoris and surrounding tissue. Addyi works on brain chemicals and does not increase blood flow to the clitoris. Mistakenly referred to as the "female viagra", Addyi does not increase blood flow to the genitals. For women who have decreased desire, Dr. Carr recommends testing for hormone deficiencies (especially testosterone and estradiol), not a drug such as Addyi that does not address the underlying problem and marginal, if any, efficacy. For more about Addyi, click here to see a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Dr. Carr's review of Addyi.