Viagra

Viagra was a happy accident. While trying to develop a new drug to treat high blood pressure, scientists and researchers came up with the chemical component sildenafil. In the midst of testing the drug, they discovered an interesting and surprising side effect. Not only did the drug help with blood flow, but more specifically, it helped with blood flow to the penis, and men were able to gain an erection very easily, even those who had erectile dysfunction problems.

Men who were taking the test drug were very happy with the surprising "side effect." Through some changes in research and documented intentional treatment for the drug, Viagra was soon passed by the FDA as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, and men around the world rejoiced (as did their sex partners)!

While Viagra became a government-approved treatment for erectile dysfunction, only about 15-18% of the male population suffers from this condition. The fact is that the most common sexual dysfunction is premature ejaculation, or PE. About 30% of all men in all age groups suffer from this condition. Is Viagra a viable remedy to treat premature ejaculation?

Men with premature ejaculation do not have a "cure" or FDA-approved treatment to help them control orgasm or delay ejaculation. Viagra is approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction, not premature ejaculation. However, a doctor treating a patient with premature ejaculation may be inclined to prescribe Viagra as a treatment.

What does Viagra Do?

Viagra is a PDE5 inhibitor, which is used to block the degradative action of the muscle cells that line blood vessels. In plain English, it helps promote blood flow by opening and dilating blood vessels. More particularly, it helps a great deal with blood flow to the penis.

When a man becomes erect, it is due to increased blood flow that fills the corpus cavernosum, which is the spongy tissue that is inside the penis. Men who have a difficult time getting an erection may have a physiological or mental problem that prevents this type of blood flow. Viagra simply helps the natural "expanding" of the penis with blood when it is stimulated.

Can Viagra Help Men with Premature Ejaculation?

By itself, Viagra may not help a man delay orgasm. However, it has been known to help men last longer during sex. Again, Viagra may be an option for treatment for men with premature ejaculation if their doctor approves. Since there is no approved treatment for premature ejaculation, physicians often will prescribe other drugs such as antidepressants that have a side effect of delaying ejaculation. However, these drugs may also cause full impotence in men with premature ejaculation. Subsequently, Viagra can be an agent that, combined with antidepressants, may be an effective treatment to help men delay orgasm and yet sustain an erection.

There are possible unwanted side effects with Viagra such as diarrhea, dizziness, headache, skin flushing, heartburn, or upset stomach. In rare cases, some men experience sudden loss of vision or hearing. Talk to your doctor about the side effects, and whether it may be a possible treatment if you suffer from premature ejaculation.


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