Zestra reviews – Must read information before you buy Zestra
Given that Zestra was initially introduced in 2002 as one option for women who are unable to achieve sexual arousal or satisfaction, there are many Zestra reviews to be found online. Not all are balanced or give you an honest review and appraisal of the product. So, let me try to give you my honest review of the available information to see if Zestra is something that you want to try.
There are several reasons why women may not enjoy sex. Some of them are simply due to the natural progression of our bodies through periods of hormonal change, such as post pregnancy or the onset of menopause, while other explanations include the use of anti-depressants, oral contraceptives and medical conditions that negatively impact sexual feeling.
There are so many women out there ‘in the same boat’ and looking for a female libido supplement or female enhancement gel or cream is a good sign that we women are out there to ‘reclaim our mojo’! So let’s read on and learn how Zestra works, the advantages and disadvantages and how you can go about buying it if you decide you want to try it out. Be warned though, in this Zestra review my recommendation is to be careful if you do decide to purchase Zestra. Please, read on!
What is Zestra?
Since sex is an important way for couples to connect, women and men both seek answers to recharge their sex life. Zestra is a clinically-tested, hormone-free, safe answer for some women. Zestra is a blend of botanical oils and extracts that is applied topically and aims to heighten genital sensitivity and therefore make women feel more sensation, satisfaction and enjoyment in their sex life.
How does Zestra work?
Zestra is applied topically to the clitoris and labia. It takes 3 to 5 minutes to start working, so it is best to apply it prior to or during foreplay. It can be used for engaging in vaginal sex, oral sex, or masturbation. It is completely safe to use for oral sex and will not harm either party if ingested.
Zestra is comprised of a blend of botanical oils. The ingredients include evening primrose oil, angelica extract, coleus forskholis extract (umm..if you read that quickly it looks like it says foreskin, doesn’t it?!), vitamin c, vitamin e, theobromine and pa-free borage seed oil. These ingredients combine to form a safe oil that is responsible for the positive sexual feelings that are described as the ‘Zestra Rush’.
Who is it suited for?
Zestra is suitable for any woman wanting to bring a little ‘zing’ back to the old bedroom!
It’s important to note that unlike many other female enhancement gels and creams, it is not a lubricant and anyone using a lubricant should apply Zestra before applying the lubricant.
Another important piece of point to note is that, being an oil based substance it is not recommended to use Zestra with latex condoms – well, at least if you want the condoms to stay in one piece and actually work!
This product is not recommended for women who have a vaginal infection or a genital irritation. Other groups of women who should not use Zestra include lactating women, pregnant women or women who are trying to conceive. While side effects have not been reported in general, it is best for any user to check the ingredients listed above to be sure they are not allergic to them before using.
With Zestra for women, it begs the obvious question is there a Zestra for men? Well, the answer on that one is no. It is a product designed for women, however, I did note one user review where the man had said that he got a bit of a ‘buzz’ from it just from being in contact with his partner!
Clinical Research results for Zestra
One very interesting thing about Zestra is that it is one of the very few female libido enhancement products that has actually undergone randomized controlled clinical studies. In an industry that has a lot of ‘miracle’ products, this is a real rarity – and something I hope that we seem more of!
In clinical trials for over 200 women, 70% of those tested reported sexual gratification after using Zestra on multiple occasions. These trials were tested with women of different age groups and medical profiles. The test groups also included women taking medications associated with libido problems.
The first trial1 there were 20 subjects, both with and without female sexual arousal disorder. In this trial 3 women experienced mild single incidences of genital burning sensation lasting between 2 and 30 minutes after applying Zestra. Both groups showed statistically significant improvements in level of arousal, genital sensation, ability to have orgasm and sexual pleasure. Both groups shows equal presence of response, however, the groups with female sexual arousal disorder showed a greater magnitude of response. Interestingly also, Zestra was found to be equally as effective in women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medications.
The second clinical trial2 looked to demonstrating the effects of Zestra in a much larger sample size. The trial included over 250 women, aged 21-65 with acquired mixed female sexual disorders. It was a 16 week randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind study (say that 3 times fast!). In this trial 14.6% of participants exhibited a mild to moderate genital burning sensation, however Zestra provided significant desire, arousal and treatment satisfaction benefits for this group of women.
Web Research results for Zestra
The Zestra website, of course, includes endorsements from medical providers, including this one:
“…I have had great success using Zestra with a wide range of patients. In fact, I have had great results with my patients who are cancer survivors, and have experienced decreased sexual satisfaction due to their treatment. I frequently recommend Zestra, because it has proven to be safe and effective to enhance the sexual satisfaction of many of my patients…”
Michael L Krychman MD, www.zestra.com
However, I often find that reading through the experiences of real users provides us with the best ‘feel’ for the product.
“…Let me just say with so much going on in my life, sex really felt like another chore. For me I was finding this very sad. I love my husband very much. The last thing I wanted was to feel like being with him was a “chore.” The first time we used Zeta it was a wonderful experience. I’m now able to relax and enjoy my time with my husband in the bed room. It’s not a chore to check off my to do list…”
“…It went on well, it wasn’t overly greasy or runny. It comes in individual-use packets which is nice because you don’t have to worry about getting too much. Also, I imagine they make for easy travel. After application, I think we didn’t let enough time pass because I didn’t feel anything within the suggested three to five minutes. In any case, it still worked. Within several minutes, I felt a warmth followed by a tingling. I believe this is what they refer to as the Zestra Rush.
In the past, I’ve used some of those warming oils or lubes and, I’ll be honest, they hurt me. I’m not a fan. The Zestra oil, on the other hand, was never painful at all. I actually enjoyed it. I will definitely use this again…”
“…Trust me, this stuff is magic…”
It seems most reviews I read did not disagree that the product did what it was meant to do – increase your sexual arousal and sensitivity. There were, however, quite a few mentions of the smell of the product and some people found the smell prohibitive to continuing to use the product. There was also mention of the Zestra side effects:
“…This product has revived our sex life. The smell, however, is not so great. We don’t mind the smell during sex since we get such a great rush from it. But afterwards… phew, it lasts all night. Still looking for a product to get the smell off my hands after our fun. So far, I’ve had somewhat luck with a combo of baking soda and vinegar, it doesn’t seem to last so long anyway…”
“..This is the worst product I have ever tried. Not only does it smell real bad, which is a turn off. It also burned alot. I would have enjoyed a lit stick of dynamite more…”
A few people also have mentioned that they were automatically put onto an ongoing payment arrangement that they did not realise had been authorized. So if you do choose to buy, please make sure you read up on the terms and conditions and that you are happy with this before you buy.
“…If you order a sample, for which you supposedly only pay $4.95 for shipping, you are automatically enrolled in receiving a monthly order made without your awareness for $49.95. It will take numerous phone calls and email messages to get Semprae to stop billing you…”
Overall, I think it’s one of those things that you would need to experience yourself to decide if you find the benefits to overide the negatives.
“…I agree with the description of the few others that said this is a great product. It immediately helps to have orgasms (yes – multiple). It doesn’t smell the best – but it is well worth the smell for the yummy feeling that someone age 59 can achieve with this product. Women, give it a try, doesn’t work for all, obviously, but for some it is fantastic!!!!!…”
Where to buy Zestra
Zestra is easy to purchase online or at local stores. You can buy directly from the manufacturer at www.zestra.com which will mean that you have a 30 day money back guarantee as well as having some bonus buy options. There have, however, been quite a few user reports and Zestra reviews where people have complained about the billing practices of the company, so make sure you read the find print – when you sign up for any of the product packs on the company website you are actually signing on to get a 12 pack of Zestra every month from then on automatically billed and shipped to you – be careful.
My advice is that if you want to try it, buy a small quantity just in case you find, as others have, that the smell is unpleasant and stops you from using it. Also, purchase of somewhere like Amazon.com where you will not have the billing issues. No need to go looking for a Zestra coupon, it’s really not that expensive, in fact, you can try it for under $10.
Advantages of Zestra
- Safe, 100% natural, no serious side effects
- Scientifically tested with clinical studies supporting the effects
- 30 day money-back guarantee
- Endorsements by many women
Disadvantages of Zestra
- Smell deemed unpleasant by some users
- Can not be used with latex condoms
- Only so-so results reported by some users
- Burning sensation reported by some
- Foil package is difficult to open with oily fingers!
- Automatically enrolled in an ongoing payment arrangement when you purchase from the Zestra website
Zestra provides a relatively simple, topically applied product that has been clincically testing and found to offer improvement to sexual arousal, ability to have orgasm and pleasure. Surely that’s got to be a good thing! On the negative side, many have reported issues with the smell of Zestra and also the billing practices of the company who sell it. If you do want to try it then you can get around the billing issue by buying it at a reputable online store, such as Amazon.com. You need to remember though that it isn’t a lubricant and cannot be used with latex condoms.
If you do decide to try Zestra, please do let us know how you go!
Given the reported issues of smell, the arguably unethical practices of automatic billing by the company, the fact that one would still need to use a separate lubricant and that you can’t use it with latex condoms, my recommendation here is to consider carefully if this is the right product for you and if you do decide to go ahead and get Zestra now, then just make sure you buy it somewhere like Amazon or check the fine print on the manufacturer’s site before you hand over your credit card details!
If you are looking instead for a product that offers you the benefits of heightened sensitivity, increase sexual pleasure and increased lubrication then you may want to consider a product such as Her Solution Gel instead.
1. Ferguson, David M. , Singh, Gita S. , Steidle, Christopher P. , Alexander, J. Steven , Weihmiller, Mary K. andCrosby, Martin G.(2003) ‘Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double Blind, Crossover Design Trial of the Efficacy and Safety of Zestra for Women in Women With and Without Female Sexual Arousal Disorder’, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 29: 1, 33 — 44
2. To cite this Article Ferguson, David M. , Hosmane, Balakrishna andHeiman, Julia R.(2010) ‘Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Parallel Design Trial of the Efficacy and Safety of Zestra® in Women With Mixed Desire/Interest/Arousal/Orgasm Disorders’, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 36: 1, 66 — 86
Zestra reviews – Must read information before you buy Zestra