Aloe for Male Enhancement: Is It Safe and Does It Work?
Medically reviewed by Joseph Brito III, MD — Written by Rachael Zimlich on June 7, 2021
This article is a repost which originally appeared on Healthline
Edited for content.
Aloe vera can be found in many products. It can help boost the moisture content of your skin and even help heal burns and other wounds.
While it may seem like something of a miracle product, it can’t help with everything. In fact, you may want to be cautious before applying it everywhere — including your genitalia.
Keep reading to find out how aloe vera can be used for sexual health and when to avoid it.
What is male enhancement?
Male enhancement is a general phrase used to describe any efforts to improve the appearance, size, or function of genitalia — specifically the penis.
Some common enhancement strategies include:
- stretches and exercises
- topical or oral medications and herbal remedies
- clamps and rings
- grooming techniques
The goal of these strategies is to increase the size or appearance of the penis, improve erection strength and duration, or resolve ejaculation issues.
In some cases, male enhancement aims to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). This term typically refers to the inability to have or maintain an erection, but there can be varying levels of ED. In many cases, there’s another root issue, like cardiovascular disease or a medication side effect.
Improvement of ED is commonly pursued either for sexual pleasure or fertility purposes. Treatments should be designed based on the goal in mind.
Talk with a doctor about your specific symptoms and goals before beginning any new therapies or medications.
Does research support the use of topical aloe vera for male enhancement?
The use of aloe vera for general health and skin care is fairly common. However, you may be wondering if it could be used for male enhancement.
Most herbal or plant remedies are based in cultural practices, but there’s not a lot of clinical research on some claims of aloe vera benefits, like male enhancement.
Some studies have been done with animals, but the results were generally inconclusive. If anything, some of these studies raised concern about the use of aloe vera for sexual health benefits.
Here’s a breakdown of some relevant research in this area:
- In a 2011 animal study, topical aloe vera reduced sperm concentration and quality.
- A 2014 study showed possible benefits to sperm health and hormone levels in mice that received injections of an aloe vera compound.
- A 2015 study showed that that aloe vera may potentially harm fertility in male rats.
- There have been reports of libido enhancement with aloe use, but results may vary based on the specific form of aloe.
If you’re concerned about ED or another sexual health issue, talk with a healthcare professional. They can help guide you toward the right treatment for your situation.
Other natural treatments for male enhancement
There are many natural remedies you can try if you’re interested in male enhancement. However, you should always discuss any supplements you’re considering with a doctor first.
Several herbal remedies that have shown promising effects on male sexual health and performance include:
- panax ginseng
- gingko biloba
Other ways to improve your sexual health and performance include focusing on an overall healthy lifestyle, including:
- staying active and exercising
- eating a healthy diet
- reducing stress
- avoiding alcohol and other drugs
- spending time outdoors
While regular exercise and a healthy diet are always good choices, talk with your doctor before starting any new therapies or supplements for male enhancement.
How is aloe vera used?
Aloe vera has been used on the skin and in the body for thousands of years. It can be found in all kinds of products — from juices to lotions.
Oral use of aloe vera usually comes in a pill form or as liquid extract or juice that you can drink. It’s thought to help with the following conditions:
- inflammatory bowel disease
However, there isn’t enough data to determine if oral aloe is effective for improving these conditions.
Evidence on the benefits of topical use — such as a gel, ointment, or lotion — is clearer, demonstrating that aloe can be helpful in treating:
- lichen planus
- oral submucous fibrosis
- burning mouth syndrome
- skin toxicity due to radiation
While aloe vera is generally considered safe, be sure to check the ingredients of the specific product you’re using.
Some oral aloe products may contain additional compounds that could result in side effects or interact with other medications. Even topical products may be mixed with alcohol compounds or other ingredients that can cause irritation.
Are there any possible side effects?
Aloe vera is widely used as both a topical and oral supplement. However, there have been some side effects linked to aloe vera use — either orally or topically — including:
- liver problems
- skin irritation
- stomach pain or cramps
- electrolyte imbalances
To avoid side effects, read the label of the product you’re using to understand all the ingredients it contains. You should also check for safety statements on the label.
For topical uses, it’s also a good idea to do a patch test by applying a small amount of product to an area of skin to test for sensitivity or irritation before applying liberally. This is particularly important when it comes to applying topicals, like aloe vera, to sensitive skin areas, like your genitalia.
The bottom line
There isn’t much evidence showing that aloe vera helps improve the size of your penis or your sexual performance.
However, if you decide to try it as a topical or oral supplement for enhancement, be sure to check the product’s safety, like performing a skin patch test before widespread application.
Always talk with your doctor or another healthcare professional about any supplements you plan on taking and your reason for taking them. They may be able to help treat the source of any sexual health problems you’re facing.
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