About Staminon Male Enhancement
Staminon Male Enhancement is a nutritional supplement (or “male potency tonic,” as they call it) that claims to contain “powerful” ingredients to deliver increased sex drive, improved sexual performance, maximum erections, and the ability to last longer.
The company tells us that Staminon can easily fit into any lifestyle, since you’ll only need to take 1 capsule in the morning and another at night, alongside your normal diet and exercise routines. From there, we’re told we’ll experience “fast, noticeable results” and newly found confidence.
Recently notice that your “dog” is “wagging” less? Having difficulty getting in the mood in the first place? If you’re feeling like less of a man in the bedroom, it can be easy to believe that taking a high-priced supplement like Staminon Male Enhancement will cure all your woes.
When it comes down to it though, are they stringing you along by your emotions, or can you expect real world results from Staminon Male Enhancement? We’ll spend this entire review explaining what we learned during our research.
How Do Supplements Like Staminon Work?
If you were paying attention, the Staminon website delivered dozens of claims on the results you’re supposed to experience with their supplement, but not how the it goes about providing these results.
We’ll talk more about the supporting clinical evidence in a moment, but Staminon Male Enhancement belongs to a broad class of supplements known as testosterone boosters (sometimes also called muscle growth, or male enhancement, supplements).
As the name implies, many manufacturers claim that the ingredients they contain will boost testosterone levels inside the body. Testosterone—a sex hormone responsible for many of the most “manly” features like body hair, penis and testes growth, a deep voice, and more—is abundant when we’re young but begins decreasing after the age of 30. In turn, this can cause “un-manly” side effects like flabby muscles, increased fat retention (especially around the midsection), mood swings, sleeping problems, and much more.
So, by increasing free (i.e. biologically active) testosterone production, supplements like Staminon claim to stave off some of these side effects. And if you’re already healthy, they often claim to boost your manliness even more.
What’s the clinical evidence supporting these hefty claims?
What Kinds of Benefits Can You Expect from Staminon’s Ingredients?
According to their supplement fact label, Staminon contains the following ingredients:
Proprietary Formula 742mg: Horny Goat Weed Leaf Extract, Tongkat Ali Root Extract, Saw Palmetto Fruit Extract, Orchic Substance, Wild Yam Root Extract, Sarsaparilla Root Extract, Nettle Root Extract, Boron Amino Acid Chelate
Are they any good? While boron may be effective for treating vaginal infections and nettle might be useful for treating osteoarthritis, there seems to be insufficient clinical evidence showing that any of Staminon’s ingredients will deliver the results claimed by the manufacturer.
What about the evidence listed on Staminon’s website? Overall, they only reference three citations:
- A 2010 study conducted on mice that looked at the effects of a purified horny goat weed extract on erectile dysfunction.
- A 2013 review (not a clinical study) looking at the link between ginseng and male reproductive function. Interestingly, based on their label, there is no ginseng contained in Staminon.
- A 2013 study indicating that, “daily supplementation with tongkat ali root extract improves stress hormone profile and certain mood state parameters.”
While these studies might be somewhat positive, one or two (or even a handful of) studies doesn’t mean something is clinically “proven.” These studies also don’t appear to be peer-reviewed or double blind, so it’s important to keep in mind that not all clinical studies are created equal.
Although they might not provide any of the benefits claimed by the company, will Staminon Male Enhancement’s ingredients cause any side effects?
Potential Staminon Side Effects
While Staminon Male Enhancement’s probably won’t work as advertised (at least based on the available clinical evidence), the positive news is that you probably won’t experience any side effects worse than mild digestive upset.
In rare instances, WebMD notes that some users may experience “dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea” from saw palmetto. Additionally, horny goat weed is known to interact with some high blood pressure and anticoagulant medications.
How Much Does Staminon Male Enhancement Cost?
At $123.47, Staminon is one of the most expensive testosterone boosting supplements the HighYa team has reviewed to date. However, you might not realize this at first, based on how you have to purchase the supplement. Here’s how it works:
You’ll initially only have to pay $6.97 S&H to get your hands on a full-size bottle (60 tablets) of Staminon. This “free” trial probably sounds like a solid deal, except for the fact that 14 days after your order, you’ll be charged the full price mentioned above.
Think it ends there? Think again, because you’ll also continue receiving a new bottle of Staminon once per month through the company’s autoship program, and your card will be charged the whopping $123.47 price tag each time.
Important note: According to the supplement’s Terms, you’ll also be enrolled in some kind of magazine subscription, which will continue if you don’t expressly call customer service to cancel. Here’s how they put it:
“Four magazine subscriptions of your choice are included with your order. Try them free for the next three months and switch selections anytime, free of charge. After the three month trial you have the option to extend to paid service, at the then current rates.”
Outside of the trial, Staminon comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. To request one, or to cancel your trial or autoship enrollment, you’ll need to call customer service at 877-744-3406.
If you ask us, though, based on customer feedback for dozens of nearly identical products, we think your customer service experience could be a lot less pleasant than you’re expecting. We’ll explain why next.
What Kinds of Reviews are Staminon’s Customers Leaving?
Often times, whenever a new supplement is released, the manufacturer creates an affiliate program, whereby independent contractors make money for referring business. In turn, these affiliate often create hype-filled websites that pretend to be legitimate reviews, when they’re just the opposite.
Why mention this? Other than these affiliate reviews, we didn’t come across any feedback for Staminon Male Enhancement at the time of our research. Fortunately, as mentioned above, we’ve reviewed many of the most popular testosterone boosters and muscle growth supplements, including Elite Test 360, Spartagen XT, RexaVar, and more.
Pro tip: After quickly comparing ingredients, you’ll find that most share the same ones, just in different proprietary formulations.
Almost universally, you’ll find that this genre of supplements comes with low customer satisfaction ratings, often due to claims of failure to work and high price.
Given this, what’s the first thing you do if you pay a lot for a product that doesn’t work? Request a refund, right? Well, in many of these instances, customers spoke with staff who were extremely rude, outright refused to process refunds (or cancel trials or autoship enrollments), and would even hang up on them midsentence.
Now, we’re not saying with certainty that this is what you’ll experience with Staminon, but based on their similarly overblown claims, availability only through a trial, ridiculously high price, and similar ingredients formulations, we’d recommend keeping it at the forefront of your mind.
Is Staminon Male Enhancement Worth the High Price?
Look, we’re all for expensive products—but only if they deliver on their promises and provide a solid value for customers.
Given this, it’s not necessarily a problem that Staminon Male Enhancement is one of the most expensive nutritional supplements we’ve reviewed to date (and we’ve reviewed nearly 450!). However, when you consider this high price, along with the fact that there’s little clinical evidence showing its ingredients will work; that it’s only available through a free trial; and that dozens of nearly identical products come with ultra-low customer reviews, we think the likelihood that Staminon will provide any value seems pretty low.
What can you do instead? You may be able to mildly boost testosterone by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet (including saturated fats), reducing stress, getting plenty of sleep, and more. Whether you need a mild or a major boost though, just be sure to talk with your doctor in advance.