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Interuterine Device (IUD)

A birth control device inserted directly into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Intrauterine devices are also an extremely effective form of contraception, with failure rates as low as 0.2 percent. They are also reversible, and they do not permanently affect fertility. However, they do not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Using an intrauterine device can cause vaginal dryness, particularly with hormonal IUDs (this is also common with other hormonal birth control treatments). Physicians often recommend water-based personal lubricants for patients who experience this symptom.

Isopropyl Myristate

Isopropyl Myristate is a a ester (replacing the hydrogen of an acid by another organic group) of Isopropyl Alcohol and Myristate Acid. Used as a skin conditioner and fragrance in many personal lubricants or sexual products.

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Butea Superba

An herb found mainly in Thailand. Prized for its purported qualities as an aphrodisiac, butea superba is found in some newer male enhancement products. It is said to improve libido, allowing for larger erections. Some manufacturers also claim that butea superba gives men more control over their orgasms.

While there are currently no studies to show that butea superba affects sex drive, some compounds found in the plant may affect blood flow. This could account for some of the claimed aphrodisiac effects.

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