Effect Of Viagra On Healthy Male

This is an interesting question because it touches on the question of what is a healthy erection because it is becoming increasingly clear that many young healthy men are experiencing difficulty with erectile dysfunction or ED.
In one study (J Sex Med 2013;10:1833–1841), 439 consecutive patients with new onset of erectile dysfunction (ED) were examined in a clinic setting. Remarkably, the new onset of erectile dysfunction was noted in 114 men who were under the age of 40 with a mean age of about 32. What was even more remarkable was that almost 50% suffered from severe ED.
These young men were healthier than the men who were over 40 with ED being leaner with higher level of testosterone. Only 40% of the men over 40 suffered from severe ED.
The young men may have been healthier in that they had fewer diseases than their older counterparts but they more of the young men smoked and used “illicit” drugs.
So, what is healthy and who has a fully robust erection if young men are beginning to experience difficulties more frequently than might have been imagined?
I ask that question because many young men who believe they are healthy are finding that, while they are still able to engage in sexual activity, they are much more capable of doing so with the assistance of a medication.
This is important not because they are using a medication. If it is helpful and needed, no judgement should be made; however, it is vital that men begin to understand that their ability to achieve and maintain a robust erection may well be a true measure of their underlying health.
Yes, there are many reason, including psychological reasons, why younger men might be having more difficulty, but there are an abundance of medical reasons this might be occurring.
First a bit of education on how men get an erection and why they get erectile dysfunction.
BIOLOGY OF ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING AN ERECTION When the brain is stimulated by something erotic, the tissues of the penis release Nitric Oxide (NO), which causes an increase in a chemical called cyclic Guanosine MonoPhosphate (cyclic-GMP). Cyclic GMP then causes the penis muscles to relax. There are two spongy tubes of muscle that run along each side of the penis and, when they are made to relax, blood rushes in. That increased volume (6X normal) causes swelling, and an erection begins. This is called tumescence. All that blood rushing in would just rush out, and nothing much would happen, if the sudden swelling didn’t cause the veins that would carry the blood out of the penis to collapse. The consequence is that the blood is stuck in the penis creating an erection.Fortunately, the body has a control mechanism that eventually allows all that blood to escape and for the penis to return to its flaccid state. This is called detumescence. It is the presence of chemicals called phosphodiesterases, particularly phosphodiesterase-5, that does the trick. It breaks down the cyclic GMP. That reverses the entire process that all started when Nitric Oxide (NO) increased the amount of cyclic GMP that allowed all the blood into the penis in the first place.Remember, that all important Nitric Oxide, that first chemical that led to the increase in blood flow to the penis, is only produced when someone is stimulated sexually. Without being “turned on” Nitric Oxide is not produced and there is no erection—and none of the medications used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) leads to more Nitric Oxide.
Why do men get Erectile Dysfunction (ED)? You can see that getting an erection is a complex biological process. So many things have to go right for men to achieve a strong erection. For starters, a man’s hormones must be released on demand (almost instantly), his arteries need to carry 6 times the normal amount of blood to the penis with perfect efficiency, his nervous system’s commands must be transmitted without a hitch, and his mind must be working in perfect harmony with his body. That’s a lot to ask. If a man has difficulty getting the kind of erection he and his partner expect, it may be because a problem is brewing and Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the first sign.Because the blood vessels of the penis are small compared to the job they have to do, serious underlying conditions often manifest themselves with ED first. According to “The Artery Size Hypothesis” those small vessels are more likely to reveal changes in their ability to do their job before slightly larger arteries in the heart, for example.For some men, difficulty with getting erections means they might have some problem that is affecting their blood vessels. It might show up first in the very small blood vessels of the penis first but it may end up affecting blood vessels in more vital organs later, like the heart or brain.Think of a problem with erections as a sign that something like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes might be brewing. There are many reasons a person might experience changes in their ability to get or maintain an erection satisfactory for sexual activity, some more serious than other. Medications will work in most people no matter the cause but being on the safe side and checking for possible underlying causes of ED is the smart thing to do.Besides, fixing the problem causing ED is a way to reach a point of good health that might make using medications unnecessary.Below is a summary of the things that can lead to ED and, if treated, might resolve not just ED but save someone’s life. The list is not exhaustive but gives you a sense of how much can be done both physically and psychologically.
Hypertension: (High Blood Pressure)
Atherosclerosis: (Another name for Clogged Arteries)
Hypercholesterolemia: (High cholesterol)
Neurological Conditions: (e.g., Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Illegal Drugs: (e.g., cocaine, marijuana, barbiturates, narcotics like heroin)
Sleep Disorders: (e.g., Insomnia, Narcolepsy)
Peyronie disease: (Scarring that causes the penis to have a sharp angle)
Treatments for prostate cancer: (e.g., Radiation, surgery can cause ED)
Surgery that injures nerves in the pelvic region or the spinal column.
Trauma damaging nerves anywhere in the spinal column or the pelvis.
Trauma damaging muscles or vessels of the penis.
Prescription Medications: (e.g., meds used to treat Blood pressure, allergy, pain, depression, anxiety, ulcers, and so on. The list is long!)
Over-The-Counter Medications: (e.g., antihistamines, Sudafed, anti-inflammatory medications )
Depression: Depression is recognized as having effects far beyond mood. It can compromise someone’s immune system or even increase the likelihood of having a heart attack. Erectile dysfunction can affect someone with depression even when he is in a stable and loving relationship. Unfortunately, the drugs used to treat depression can cause erectile dysfunction, as well. The good news is that erectile dysfunction medications work whether the difficulty is from the depression itself or from the medications.
Anxiety: People think of Performance Anxiety (worry about “performing” sexually) but anxiety over any issue that is distracting can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Stress: Stress can be job-related, money-related, or the result of marital problems, among other factors.
Loss of Desire: This is called loss of libido by doctors. It means that a person no longer desires sexual intimacy as they once had. Hormone changes as in low testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction, but so can so can neurological or psychological conditions, medications, or relationship issues. The reason should be investigated to resolve the issue. Erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs will not work for many of these patients. A person must feel a desire for sex to kick off the process that allows the medications to function properly.
Sense of Inadequacy: Feeling bad about oneself (Low Self Esteem) can stem from a man being unable to fulfill the role he believes gives him value as a man. It can be a failure to provide as he hoped for his family, an inability to gain acceptance in a peer group, or being unable to engage in sexual intimacy with a spouse or partner.
Guilt: Guilt over having an affair, losing the family’s money, having a hidden compulsion like gambling or drug use, or being unable to satisfy a partner, as examples, can all interfere with being able to get aroused or engage in sex.I like to say there are two great days for people with ED: the day they find they are not alone and have a partner in fixing the problem, and the day they no longer need medication.
THINGS YOU CAN DO.
EXERCISE: Exercise is the best way to strengthen your heart (and your erection). It increases stamina, strength, and flexibility.The average heart beats 100,000 times, pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body per day. Your heart pumps enough blood to fill an Olympic pool each year for your entire life.For blood to fill the penis to its capacity (i.e., achieve a firm erection), it requires approximately 6 times its normal flow. Basically, the stronger your heart is, and the cleaner your arteries are, the more blood you can pump with each beat for a longer period of time and with less effort.But where should you start? Just walk! An underrated form of exercise is walking. Walking uses almost every bone and muscle in your body. A great, and achievable, daily goal is 10,000 steps per day.
EATING: Obesity is a primary risk factor for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, certain cancers, gallstones, degenerative arthritis, and erectile dysfunction.Excess belly fat can interfere with the body’s ability to send enough blood to the penis. It can also cause testosterone production to decrease.When you’re aroused nitric oxide is released from the endothelial cells in the penis, which causes the muscles to relax, which enables blood to flow. Obesity damages the endothelium, which prevents the penis from receiving sufficient blood flow for sustained periods of time.A small decrease in body fat improves erectile dysfunction (among many other things).
LIFESTYLE HABITS: Erectile dysfunction is extremely common in those who consume more than 3 drinks daily or in those who smoke at least 10 cigarettes per day.Men who smoke are twice as likely to experience ED as non smokers. Smoking damages your blood vessels. Even if your nervous system is functioning well, an erection still might be difficult to achieve if your blood vessels have been damaged by smoking. However, quitting can improve your health immediately: your chance of a cardiac event decreases, your blood pressure improves, and your circulation improves within 2-12 weeks, which is incredibly helpful in preventing ED.Alcohol is a nervous system depressant and can actually block messages between the brain and the Body.in the short term, alcohol relaxes the muscles in the penis enabling blood to flow in, but it also prevents those blood vessels from closing and trapping all the added blood that is vital in maintaining an erection. In the long run, excessive alcohol consumption can cause scarring in the liver, high blood pressure, and can damage your blood vessels (causing ED).Reducing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking will improve your overall health and sexual performance; you know this.
SLEEP: The value of sleep cannot be overstated. A lack of sleep can increase your risk for a cardiac event, slow your metabolism, weaken your immune system, and diminish cognitive abilities. It can also decrease your testosterone, which increases the likelihood of experiencing ED. Worse yet, a decrease in testosterone will most likely decrease your libido so your diminished sexual function may be less noticeable.
STRESS: Unchecked stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Being in a high stress environment can affect the way your brain sends messages to your body, which can affect blood flow and your ability to achieve and maintain an erection.There are many potential causes for stress induced ED (e.g., nervousness and anxiety, professional stress, loss of a loved one, changes in health, and financial burden).It’s important for your overall (and sexual) health to manage your stress.In conclusion, by staying physically and mentally healthy you can go a long way toward maintaining your sexual health.
Think about this list and all the things that can affect men and cause ED. So many young men have something either brewing or some factor that is affecting them emotionally that a great many of them are having difficulties far more frequently than we ever thought.
Some of the same authors of the study showing that nearly a quarter of new cases of ED were in patients under 40 published a paper titled, Erectile dysfunction in young patients is a proxy of overall men's health status. (Curr Opin Urol 2016 Mar;26(2):140-5)
In this paper the summary was a concise statement of the reality we are now beginning to confront:
“Erectile dysfunction does not represent an uncommon condition among young men. Considering the amount of data demonstrating a strong correlation between several life-risky comorbidities (THIS MEANS OTHER ILLNESSES) and erectile dysfunction, a careful and comprehensive general health assessment of patients complaining of erectile dysfunction should be carried out, regardless of patient's age. The identification of erectile dysfunction as an early sign of a major comorbidity would allow the implementation of therapeutic measures aimed at improving the overall health status and life expectancy across the entire aging process.”
I hope this gives you a sense of how complex this area is.
The bottom line is that many “healthy” young men would probably experience some noticeable change with the use of a medication for erectile dysfunction. Some percentage of them may well have the beginnings of erectile dysfunction and for some of them it could be the first sign that an illness is brewing.
Viagra is usually prescribed for patients with Erectile Dysfunction. Given that you’re a healthy man, you shouldn’t be taking it. But if you happen to do so anyway, here’s what it generally does to your body.
Here’s how Viagra works on you.
Essentially, Viagra works only when you are already sexually stimulated. It contains a chemical called sildenafil which works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of your blood vessels. Then, blood flow is increased to certain areas of your body, including your penis. So, your erection will be harder and more rigid, which could lead to better performance.
The most common side effects you might feel from taking Viagra.
Headache Flushing Upset stomach Abnormal vision (such as seeing in blue tint) Runny nose.
From my past experience with patients, the most noticeable side effect from Viagra overdose is Priapism. It’s when your penis stays erect for many hours. Treatment to this issue will be painful. Also, not to mention that you might experience nausea, chest pain and irregular heartbeat.
With all the risks associated with Viagra overdose, you might want to consider using natural alternative to Viagra. It’s becoming more widely accepted among the Western world, not to mention the fact that it has been used in Asian medicine for centuries. These are options that work just as well without having to put your health in risk.
In my blog, I’ve posted several alternatives to Viagra that could help you perform better in bed. If you’d like to learn more, you can check out the link to my article below:
A 60+ yo colleague of mine, after a divorce dating again, told me that it made the experience more intense, it made him last longer. No first hand experience, sorry!
In short: Just read this article, all effects are totally described here:
Viagra is designed to increase blood flow. Therefore users, who don’t have erectile dysfunction, tend to experience an intense rush of blood to their head and penis as well as a significantly increased heart rate and an increased sex drive. Experiences however, seem to vary.
Most users claim to have more control over their erection and ‘lasting longer.’ Some users even report the ability to have sexual intercourse multiple times. Whereas others experience a more sensitive penis but have no control over their ejaculation. Some men are affected by the side effects associated with Viagra (nasal congestion, headache, tinted vision) while others are not.
Viagra has a range of adverse effects that may be heightened under certain medical conditions. For instance, those with congestive heart failure, active coronary heart disease, obesity or blood pressure problems, are advised not to use Viagra.
Almost immediate (5-10 mins) tension in the head leading to very mild headache, which often subsides after 30 mins Blueish hue on my vision for 30 mins- 1hr Feeling of blood flow to the genital area atfer 30 mins- 1hr; can lead to erection despite complete lack of sexual stimulation. Dry nasal passages, feeling of constriction when breathing nasally Reddening (blushing) of the face, upper torso Prolonged and more intense erection, very intense when stimulated Odd feeling of reduced sensitivity, difficulty achieving actual climax Enhanced erectile function lasts for several days after taking the drug I have not experienced any of the following:
A feeling of discomfort in my chest/heart Change in mood/state of mind Detrimental effect to performance in the days/weeks following taking the drug. In general I have concluded that sex with Viagra is not better than sex without (if not needed medically, e.g. if erectile function is not a factor). It does make it more prolonged, draws out the fun of the experience and also enables 'repeat performances' in fairly quick succession but there are the side effects to be reconciled with. I should also note that a much smaller amount (e.g. a third to a half a small 50mg tablet) has proven to promote the desired effects for myself as a healthy male.
If you don’t need it don’t take it. Viagra can cause headaches, visual changes and frank damage to the retina if you suffer from retinitis pigmentosa, and death if taken together with nitroglycerin.
Viagra only works when you are sexually stimulated, so if you take it and go the work you may not notice any changes. However if sexually stimulated even a healthy man in his 20s will have longer lasting erections with Viagra. But just watch out for priapism.
What happens at the hospital if you are suspected of having priapism:
Viagra is not the automatic "boner pill" as such that is described in movies and according to popular belief. Sorry! If it was, Viagra and copies would also reap massive profits from the porno industry who would use the drug on an industrial scale.
The fact is, it's mostly useful for middle aged men and old men who have experienced erectile dysfunction and or who have circulatory problems that will not facilitate a proper erection. The drug has an enzyme inhibitor that facilitates the blood flow to the member.
If you as a healthy man eat Viagra, you will feel a constricted feeling in your heart region and your circulatory system will work more. Or (depending on physiology) you will receive some symptoms that are connected with your circulatory system for sure. Think about it, you are taking something that is designed to increase blood flow.
But that your blood is flowing is not what stimulates an erection if your circulatory systems work, there are other factors involved. Simply, when you are not horny you can eat 10 Viagra pills and nothing will happen. Other side effects can be headache and passing out.
In general, there are often other means for sexual stimulation were the human psyche combined with hormones and neurological factors has a lot do with it and an understanding girlfriend who has some experience.
So don't eat Viagra unless you have symptoms were your doctor recommends you to take Viagra. It's an extremely expensive drug for getting stimulated (if you don't have symptoms) where there are other solutions. If you are healthy, women will usually take offence (you need drugs to be with me?). Using your money to spend it on her eg. a nice hotel, a nice meal, lingerie etc. is usually a safe bet to get things going since women are very much dependent of the right environment.
Eat right, exercise, don't drink alcohol is the best you can do. For the rest, go and see your doctor if you have performance issues. Every man will at one time or the other during his life experience performance issues. Its totally normal and has nothing to do with your manhood. Performance issues are a symptom that something is not right with you from a systemic point of view.
Viagra(sildenafil from pfizer) is a research molecule, targetted at vasodilation of genital system selectively. It has normal physiological actions like other vasodilators and can cause postural hypotension, headache, blurred vision, blushing & tachycardia. All these symptoms are mere transitory and well tolerated by middle aged normal healthy males. Regarding sexual pleasures, its reported that the turgosity of erect penis is quite well appreciated by both sex partners. Also, multiple sexual orgasms are possible for males with in quick successions. Side-effects wane over a span of 6 – 8 hours. 50 mg tablet seems well tolerated and is enough for healthy male. Alcohol interaction with drug may have unforeseen side-effects and should be avoided. Foreplay for better stimulation would provide better erection, when using viagra.
Strict caution for cardiac patients. Must not try this drug ever.