In 1998, Viagra (sildenafil) came to the market and some men thought it was the long-awaited answer to their problems. Many rushed to doctor’s offices to give it a try. According to the Grey Clinic in Indianapolis, which specializes in erectile dysfunction, 17% of men between 18 and 55 experience occasional impotence, while 6% have regular erectile difficulties. For men over 55, that number jumps to about one in three. Some common causes of impotence are diabetes,heart disease, and psychological problems. It also frequently occurs after prostate cancer surgery.
The active compound in the branded drug Viagra – which relaxes blood vessel walls, increases blood flow to the reproductive organ.
some studies have found at least 30% don’t even get past their first prescription. This means that many men stop using a potentially very effective drug which has been available on the NHS since last year.
The good news is that in ‘non-responders’, up to 60% can be salvaged with the right counselling. This involves advising on a healthy lifestyle to maximise the chances of the drug working, as well as managing expectations. So it’s worth remembering that sildenafil may restore your vigour, but it won’t turn you into a sex machine. Here’s how to make sure you get the best out of those little blue pills…
When Viagra may not work for you ?
“For a lot of men, simply swallowing the pill isn’t enough”
If you’re stressed
Any ED drug treatment will work less effectively when you’re stressed, because it cuts down the nerve connection between brain and genitals.
If you have diabetes
Diabetes and other health conditions can damage the nerves to your genitals. You need a mix of nerve and blood vessel activation to get the intended result. So if your diabetes is badly controlled, chances are your nerves are more likely to get damaged and the less chance you could respond well to sildenafil.