If you’re operating under the misconception that tribulus terrestris is only for men, than this is article is for you. Used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, tribulus is best known in fitness and bodybuilding circles for its ability to boost libido and testosterone.

This begs the question, can women take tribulus terrestris safely? To answer this, I’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know concerning women and tribulus terrestris.

Tribulus Terrestris For Women

In terms of boosting testosterone levels, it’s not something that women have to worry about. I haven’t come across any studies showing tribulus terrestris increases testosterone levels in women. Ostensibly, the main benefit for women taking tribulus terrestris is enhanced fertility.

One study examined the effects of  tribulus terrestris on 36 women who were not ovulating. After 2-3 months of continuous use 67% realized normal ovulation, and an impressive 6% became pregnant right away. The women were given a dosage of 300-400mg a day, from day 5-14 of their menstrual cycle.[1]

What’s more, tribulus is frequently used by women to help treat menstrual irregularities and support the overall health of the female reproductive system.

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Additionally, tribulus contains a compound called protodioscin. This acts as a natural aphrodisiac and is responsible for the libido-enhancing effects of tribulus.

Tribulus Terrestris Side Effects in Women

Tribulus terrestris has been safely used in research studies lasing about 2 months, however, the long-term safety of tribulus supplementation is still unknown.

The most common tribulus terrestris side effect is gastrointestinal discomfort, usually months after consistent use.

Furthermore, experts strongly recommend that women should not use tribulus during pregnancy. Research from animal studies suggests it may possibly harm fetal development. It is also recommended that women should avoid taking tribulus while breast-feeding.[2]

Should Women Take Tribulus?

If you’re a women looking to take tribulus terrestris to increase testosterone levels and improve lean muscle mass, there’s little to no evidence that tribulus will be effective.

However, tribulus terrestris does provide a host of other benefits for women including reproductive support, enhanced fertility, and regular menstrual cycles. Tribulus terrestris is also going to act as an aphrodisiac, and help increase sex drive.
[1] Horowitz S. Treating infertility Altern Complement Med. 2006; August:165-171.l[2] WebMD Tribulus Terrestris Available at: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-39-PUNCTURE%20VINE.aspx?activeIngredientId=39&activeIngredientName=PUNCTURE%20VINE

About The Author

Brian E. is from southern California and has worked for names like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe as a supplement expert and consultant. He currently lives in Utah and is studying marketing.

2 Responses

  1. S

    I caused me to lose weight, gain muscle, have zero sex drive, get mad easily, have lots more energy… And now no menstrual cycle… Although I can move my hands now without pain.
    It’s a cox2 inhibitor.
    That’s what I’m talking it for. Twice a day.

    • Esmeralda

      S, do u take anti conceptional? or you body fat is so low that you cycle stopped…
      How many mg are you taking? I took it a while ago and felt note lean…


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