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Ristela is a plant-based, non-hormonal supplement that promises to improve female sexual enjoyment and arousal without any side effects.

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Ristela Review: Effectiveness, Ingredients, Cost, and More

By Lydia Noyes

Updated on: Jun 30, 2020

Ristela is a plant-based, non-hormonal product designed to boost sexual arousal and satisfaction in women.

Bonfide produces and sells this natural supplement as a solution for countering a low libido.

While Ristela has only been available in the United States since 2019, the company states that European women have been successfully taking it for more than two decades.

They claim that taking this supplement daily will promote healthy blood flow that leads to better sexual enjoyment in the long run.

In this review, we take a detailed look at Ristela’s effectiveness to tell you if it works and if it is the right option for you.

How to Use Ristela

To use, take two tablets once per day at the time of your choosing with a glass of water. The tablets are scored so that you can easily crush them or break them in half if they are difficult to swallow.

Some people find the supplements upset their stomach, so consider taking it with food to minimize this risk.

You’ll likely need to take it daily for a month before you start noticing its effects. There’s no reason to double a dose if you occasionally forget.

The company suggests taking Ristela for as long as you want to experience its effects.

Ristela’s Ingredients: Is There Scientific Evidence for Their Effectiveness?

Ristela’s central purpose is to promote healthy blood flow and circulation, two crucial factors for female sexual enjoyment.

Bonafide references a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial that showed significant improvements for female arousal, orgasm, and desire.

By their records, participants experienced the following improvements by month two:

  • 75% increase in arousal
  • 74% increase in orgasm
  • 75% increase in overall sexual satisfaction

Here is some of the available scientific literature for each of the active ingredient:

  • L-Arginine (as Arginine HCI): This amino acid helps the body produce nitric oxide, which works to relax blood vessels to improve blood flow. There’s preliminary evidence that it can increase arousal by controlling blood flow to the genitals, especially for men. One study focused on women who took a proprietary blend that contained L-arginine found that they experienced a 70% increase in sexual satisfaction.

  • L-Citrulline (as Citrulline HCI): This non-essential amino acid is converted within the body to L-arginine.

  • Rosvita® Rose Hips extract: Rose hips are the seed pods of wild rose plants, and they are valued for their vitamin C content. Traditionally, rose hips are used to treat bladder stones, arthritis, and colds and flues.

  • Pycnogenol® French Maritime Pine Bark Extract: Considered one of the most popular herbal products in the 1990s, pine bark extract has been used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, as well as a way to improve menopause symptoms.

We found that L-Arginine seems to have the most clinical research backing up its effectiveness, but it’s important to note most published studies focus only on men, and further research is still needed to validate these findings for its benefits for females.

Saying that, some experts are more skeptical of any real benefit from Ristela’s ingredients.

“The only effect that a plant-based non-hormonal formula could have on female arousal is a possible placebo effect,” says Dr. Richard Honaker, chief medical advisor at Your Doctors Online. “There is no scientific-based evidence otherwise.”


Ristela costs $55 on the company website. This includes a 30-day supply of 60 tablets.

Alternatively, you can pay $45 per month by signing up for an auto-ship subscription. Shipping is free and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

A company representative informed us that the company doesn’t have a return or refund policy.

The Bottom Line

The active ingredients in this supplement work to increase blood flow, which is beneficial in sexual situations.

Both L-Arginine and pine bark extract show promise in clinical studies for counteracting erectile dysfunction, though the research is more limited when it comes to women.

One thing to keep in mind is that a supplement like Ristela may owe a lot of its effectiveness to the placebo effect. That’s because sexual arousal is highly suggestible, so telling women a pill will make them enjoy sex more tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You can see this playing out through the fact that research on the benefits of an L-Arginine proprietary blend revealed that women who took a placebo experienced a 40% increase in sexual satisfaction.

Overall, Ristela may help you improve your libido, but there are other strategies you can also try.

Dr. Honaker believes that improving the intimacy in your relationship is the best way to improve sexual satisfaction.

“Since a woman's emotional state plays a role in arousal, consider seeking relationship counseling if you are unhappy. Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is effective,” Ronaker said.

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Posted on Mar 3, 2022

Can’t believe it but it’s working

By M. C., New York, Verified Reviewer

I am a newbie with this. Took it as recommended based on Gyno's suggestion and optimism. She gave me samples. Actually seems to be working after two weeks. I’m pretty hopeful.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Posted on Feb 27, 2021

Possible allergic reaction

By J F., Charlotte, NC, Verified Reviewer

Have been taking Ristela and using Reveree for a week. After the first day - I noticed an itchy blister-like spot on my earlobe - within days the rash has spread across my neck, with bright red and itchy with streaks.

The only thing that had changed was starting Ristela.

To be fair, I have had issues with botanical-based allergies before (if I touch Gerber daisies my fingers get red and itchy). I can't confirm it's the Ristela, but have stopped using both products. I will try using just one once the rash clears to see if it returns.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Ease of ordering

Hope of more enjoyable sex

Size of pills

Possible allergic reaction

Posted on Feb 20, 2021

Surprised, but seems to be working

By N M., Vancouver, WA, Verified Reviewer

I did not put much hope in this product but decided to try thinking it couldn’t hurt. Was quite surprised to experience increased sensitivity and ability to climax in the 10th week of taking this. This increased arousal seems to be the new norm. Very happy about it!

Length of Use: 3–6 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons



Natural ingredients

Large pills

Took 2.5 months to see effects

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Nov 15, 2020

No returns

By Kim R., North Carolina, Verified Reviewer

Wanted to return an unopened bottle. Was told no returns! And ignored further emails explaining bottles were unopened, not tampered with.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 3 People Have Voted

Posted on Aug 13, 2020

I have to say I'm disappointed in how large the pill is and even with scoring almost impossible to break.

By Diana J., Rutherford, NJ, Verified Reviewer

I just received my order and only started using the product but find the pill very large. Impossible to break. I'm almost afraid to keep taking this. Makes the product seem cheap to me. I hope it works but unless it is fantastic I won't keep taking because of pill size.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

No “pros” were specified in this review

Size of pill

Helpful Review? 2 People Have Voted
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