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The Little Blue Pill: What You Should Know

The Little Blue Pill: What You Should Know

Viagra. We all know what it is. It’s a little blue pill used to treat male erectile dysfunction, right? However, I still find that women and men are still a bit confused about this “magic pill.”

Why Do People Use Viagra?

Typically, Viagra is typically used to treat erectile dysfunction. ED is a well-known and common condition that affects around 50% of men, who are traditionally aged 40-70 years old.

So, why do they need to take it? Well, erectile dysfunction occurs when not enough blood flows to the penis. This prevents an erection and therefore, hinders sexual activity. If this is happening to your man, don’t worry! This is an issue that affects millions of men across the world.

Sildenafil, or as we all mostly know it, Viagra, relaxes a man’s muscles and increases blood flow to particular areas of the body. This helps him to get and keep an erection when he is sexually stimulated.

Who Uses Viagra?

It’s not just for the older gentlemen! You would be surprised by how many younger men are now on Viagra. Younger guys are now taking it either for treatment, for fun, or to allow them to engage in sexual activity after having a few drinks.  In fact, a recent survey said that one in five men aged 18-30 years old admitted to taking Viagra. And guess what? They often don’t tell their partner!

How Long does It Take to Kick In?

Research has shown that Viagra tends to start working after 30 minutes. However, to ensure optimum results, users are encouraged to take the pill an hour before sexual activity. Typically, the drug works better on an empty stomach, so if your guy has eaten a big meal, the drug might take longer to take effect.

Does It Actually Work?

We can’t really say. Each case is different. Viagra may not be right for every man. However, on the whole, the drug offers a strong success rate. According to studies, two out of three men who experienced erectile problems reported that taking a PDE-5 inhibitor like Viagra did indeed improve their erection and sexual intercourse.

What About Side Effects?

Just like anything else, all good things come with a catch. It’s no surprise that Viagra does have some side effects. The most common are headaches, abnormal vision, muscle pain, nausea, dizziness, stomach upsets and flushing. Then you have the side effects that are less likely: but sudden vision loss, sudden hearing loss and priapism – and the one that we hear all the time on the commercials - an erection that won’t go away, lasting for hours which unless treated immediately can cause permanent damage to the penis.

We can’t say whether or not Viagra is a good option for your partner. Judging by the number of prescriptions rising by more than a quarter in the past year, we have reason to believe that it’s  capable of an awful lot.

Just as with any drug prescription, please consult with a physician first and let them advise.

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