Happy Birthday Viagra

 

It has been fifteen years since the FDA approved the use of Viagra for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). It changed the lives of millions. Just last year (2012), over eight million prescriptions for the medication were written in the US.

Half of men over 40 have some degree of ED. There are many underlying conditions that can result in the problem. Among these are diabetes, heart disease, and other vascular conditions. These must be evaluated before running for the “blue pill” as a cure-all. In fact, Viagra’s action was “discovered” as a side effect to its original purpose as a heart medication.

For us Suddenly Solos, it is important for us to understand the impact of using any ED medication as it applies to our partner. A woman’s post-menopause genital health can put her 180 degrees apart from our medically-assisted ardor. As women age, their hormonal balances change. Reduced estrogen levels often mean less sexual desire but also decreased vaginal elasticity and lubrication, and thus more potential for sex to be painful. Women have posted comments on over-50 dating sites saying things like, “Viagra has been liberating for men, but unless a woman is taking hormone therapy, she may have vaginal dryness and really not be that interested in the kind of driving, pounding intercourse he’s now capable of” and, “We want maybe 20 or 30 great minutes of sex. We don’t want an interminable two hours.”

There is also a misconception that Viagra causes not just greater blood flow but also greater desire. The hormone testosterone is the driving force behind libido. A man with little or no testosterone will not have any desire to have sex, with or without ED meds. You need the desire to have sex for the drug to work.

Fifteen years and many studies have shown that Viagra (and most other EDs) are effective and safe when used as directed. But as enlightened males, we should always remember that really good sex is enjoyed by both the participants!

 

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