Debunking The Myths About Viagra

Of all the medical misinformation in the world, myths about Viagra abound far more than any other drug, and with good reason: Viagra is very, very popular. One of the most common medications you’ll find worldwide, Sildenafil (it’s actual name–Viagra is the commonest brand name) is used by a hugely variant demographic of men, on every continent, and has potentially been the saviour of marriages for some twenty years and counting.

Disclosure: We are not doctors and this is not medical advice. Please consult your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional before taking anything medication mentioned in this article. 

When it first came out in 1998, Viagra took the world by storm, as it was the first safe, tested, oral treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). This improved life for millions of couples all over the world, as well as the sex lives for many men in general, with it’s safe, orally administered format and excellent success rate.

Life is hard as it is, of this there’s little denying, but sometimes it’s only made harder by an inopportune (and ironic) moment of softness, and that’s where Viagra is your best friend.

With common myths about Viagra a regular topic of conversation, we thought we’d bring you this article, with the hope of clarifying how it works, what to expect, and how it could benefit (or hinder) your sex life.

This article is part of our Under the Covers Series

 


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Is Viagra an Aphrodisiac?

No. As discussed at length here, there isn’t really such a thing as an effective aphrodisiac. As the old joke goes, Viagra won’t turn you into James Bond, but it will help you Roger Moore, and that is actually pretty spot on: Viagra simply removes the cause of ED and increases circulation, making it much easier to get an erection.

It will not, however, make you any more sexually appealing (or increase your ability to shag for longer).

Does Viagra Guarantee an Erection?

One of the reasons for Viagra’s initial overnight success was its proved effectiveness however, contrary to popular belief, Viagra doesn’t work by causing an erection so much as it works by removing the internal cock-block that is ED, and allowing you a much better chance of achieving an erection naturally.

While you will be much, much more likely to go from six to midnight very easily, you will still need to be aroused for it to work.

Will Viagra Make You a Better Lover?

As mentioned above re: aphrodisiacs, a common myth about Viagra is that it can tun you into a sex god. Viagra can really only help you get hard for long enough to have a great romp, it doesn’t give you any more energy or stamina in terms of sexual performance.

Can Viagra Stop You From Reaching Climax?

This is another myth that surrounds the use of Viagra. Viagra really has very little to do with sexual performance in terms of how you would normally go about having sex, except for the fact that it will probably get your pecker packing a little more heat when needed. That’s it, it won’t affect your ability to come.

Does Viagra Increase Libido?

In short, no. While having a totally turgid tallywhacker might give you a little more confidence (and who doesn’t love that), it won’t make your sexual appetite any larger that it was before you took it (though we can probably assume that if you’re using Viagra, it’s because you’re already kinda into the idea of getting your end away.)

Will Viagra Harm Your Vision?

This is one that actually holds some water (though not much). In very rare instances, Viagra has been known to cause some vision impairment, in the form of colour perception between greens and blues. While this is uncommon, it’s also nothing to worry about, as the effects are only temporary and will fade off as the drug leaves your system, usually in about three to four hours.

This side effect is also mostly linked to overdose, and is highly unlikely to be found where a patient has taken a normal amount.

Is Viagra an Addictive Substance?

It’s a bit of a trick question this one. It’s not an addictive substance, no, but who doesn’t want to keep having consistently better sex? Many users of Viagra swear by it as a regular tool, to keep it up for longer lasting bedroom sessions.

While you won’t ever be relegated to the gutters of a slumtown, begging for change to feed a raging Viagra habit, you’ll probably develop a healthy admiration for the effects that could mean a healthier relationship, or just straight up better time in the sack, on a regular basis.

Viagra Mixed With Other Substances

Viagra works primarily on your circulation, so it helps to take it completely sober, and also on an empty stomach.

Now, that’s not to say it doesn’t work after a rib eye and a bottle of ’73 Lafite, but to give it its best chance to get to work and give your rod the rigidity it needs to perform, it’s best to follow the doctor’s advice and make sure your system is clean and pure before swallowing the little blue pill.

Many recreational drug users have paired Viagra with MDMA to create “sextasy”, in an attempt to counter the erection-stymie-ing qualities of the illicit euphoria-inducing drug, but, like most home-made experiments that involve party drugs, this is pretty dangerous. Cocaine is also a famous boner killer, but given that Viagra works on circulation, which affects blood pressure, it can be very dangerous indeed to use Viagra after a session on the Devil’s Dandruff.

Oh, and pairing Viagra with Amyl Nitrate is an incredibly dangerous idea, and can cause death. Don’t do it!

Can You Overdose on Viagra?

Yes, but it’s not exactly life-threatening.

The main side-effect of a Viagra overdose is a really, really long-lasting stiffy, which will almost certainly become painful, and, if left untreated, might cause permanent damage to the muscle tissue in your member. If you do experience issues, it’s best to simply head to an emergency room and explain the sitch (though you may need to slip and tuck on the way in to avoid some awkward glances). ERs the world over are used to dealing with this exact complaint, so don’t feel special.

There are other semi-common side effects that go hand in hand with Viagra, but none of them are overly serious (headache, nausea, heartburn and flushed skin), but overall, Viagra is a safe drug, and one which can help improve your sex life with ease.

This means that, with the doctor’s blessing, you can go hard.

This article is part of our Under the Covers Series


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