Instant erections and will your partner know? We answer 11 embarrassing Viagra questions so you don’t have to ask them

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IT IS a drug many men turn to for a bedroom elevator, but something most are embarrassed to ask.

Since its debut in 1998, Viagra has empowered millions of men to take control of their sex lives and allow a little more action in the bedroom.

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It doesn’t give you instant erections and your partner won’t know you’ve taken Viagra unless you tell them to.Credit: Getty – Contributor

About one in five men will experience erectile dysfunction at some point in their life – turning to drugs like Viagra to help them.

But despite what you may have heard, it doesn’t give you an instant erection … you have to be aroused for it.

It also won’t improve your sex life if you don’t have erectile dysfunction, so don’t take the little blue pills unless you have to.

Here’s everything you wanted to know about Viagra.

    Viagra works by dilating the blood vessels in the penis to make it easier for you to get an erection.

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Viagra works by dilating the blood vessels in the penis to make it easier for you to get an erection.

1. Does Viagra cause an instant erection?

The short answer is no, like in any sexual situation, you have to be aroused to get an erection.

Viagra simply makes it easier to get an erection.

“Contrary to the myths surrounding Viagra, it won’t give you an instant erection and it won’t work unless you’re sexually aroused,” explained Lloyds pharmacist Francesca Brenca.

“The recommended dose is one 50 mg tablet taken with water about an hour before sexual activity, but it can start to work in just 30 minutes.

“Drinking large amounts of alcohol or having a high fat meal before taking Viagra Connect will delay and possibly prevent its effectiveness, so it is worth keeping this in mind.

“Some people think that taking Viagra means that they will have an erection that will last for hours after taking it, this is just not true. The erection will usually go away after sex.

“If you are aroused again soon after intercourse, Viagra Connect will allow you to achieve another erection in response to sexual stimulation for up to four hours after taking it.”

2. Is Viagra an aphrodisiac?

    Despite what you have heard, Viagra is not an aphrodisiac and will not give you an instant erection.

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Despite what you have heard, Viagra is not an aphrodisiac and will not give you an instant erection.Credit: Getty – Contributor

This is another myth.

As mentioned above, the scoop only helps you get an erection, it doesn’t help with arousal.

“This is another common misconception,” Francesca said.

“Viagra is not an aphrodisiac and will require sexual arousal to work.”

3. Will it make my erections harder and bigger?

    Viagra can make your erections bigger and harder, but only if you have erectile dysfunction

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Viagra can make your erections bigger and harder, but only if you have erectile dysfunctionCredit: Getty – Contributor

Yes, it can, but only if you have erectile dysfunction.

“Erectile dysfunction can mean you can get an erection, but it’s not hard enough to have sex,” Francesca said.

“In this situation, Viagra will make your erection harder and bigger, but if you are already able to get a hard erection, it won’t give you a bigger erection.”

4. Will my partner know that I have taken Viagra?

    Your partner won't know if you've taken the little blue pill, but you should always talk to them about any difficulties you are having in the bedroom.

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Your partner won’t know if you’ve taken the little blue pill, but you should always talk to them about any difficulties you are having in the bedroom.Credit: Getty – Contributor

No, your partner won’t be able to tell, but it’s important that you discuss any issues you’re having in the bedroom.

“Taking Viagra is easy and discreet, but it’s always advisable to have an open conversation with your partner if you’re having trouble getting and maintaining an erection,” Francesca said.

“It’s definitely not something to be ashamed of and talking to your partner could help determine underlying issues such as stress or fatigue.”

5. Can my wife or girlfriend take Viagra?

    It might sound like a good idea, but women shouldn't take Viagra as it has only been tested on men.

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It might sound like a good idea, but women shouldn’t take Viagra as it has only been tested on men.Credit: Getty – Contributor

We all remember that scene from Sex and the City where Samantha takes Viagra and has an unforgettable time.

“Viagra has only been studied and tested on men, so its side effects on women are unknown, and therefore the drug is only suitable for men,” added Francesca.

6. Can I use Viagra even if I don’t have erectile dysfunction?

As with any other medicine, you should only take Viagra if you have erectile dysfunction.


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“It won’t help you unless you are experiencing symptoms or other sexual issues such as premature ejaculation or lack of libido,” Francesca explained.

In other words, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

7. Do I need Viagra?

    About one in five men will suffer from erectile dysfunction and will need medication like Viagra

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About one in five men will suffer from erectile dysfunction and will need medication like ViagraCredit: Getty – Contributor

You only need Viagra if you have erectile dysfunction.

“If you are regularly unable to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough to have sex, then Viagra is an effective and safe solution,” said Francesca.

“Occasional erectile dysfunction is not uncommon and can be caused by problems like stress, alcohol, recreational drug use, or fatigue.”

If you are worried about having erectile dysfunction, you can check it with the help of this erection checker.

8. How often can I take Viagra?

    Viagra is a medicine, so it is important to always follow the directions on the package.

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Viagra is a medicine, so it is important to always follow the directions on the package.Credit: Getty – Contributor

It is important to remember that Viagra is a medicine, so you should only take it as directed by a general practitioner or pharmacist.

“Viagra is safe for continued use, but should only be taken once a day,” Francesca said.

“Men are advised to book a check-up with their GP within six months of their first supply.”

9. How does Viagra work?

    Within the first hour after taking Viagra, it will be easier to get an erection

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Within the first hour after taking Viagra, it will be easier to get an erectionCredit: Getty – Contributor

As already mentioned, Viagra doesn’t work like an aphrodisiac, it just makes it easier for your body to get and maintain an erection.

“Viagra contains an active ingredient called sildenafil which relaxes the blood vessels that bring blood to the penis, which in turn allows more blood to flow to the area,” explained Francesca.

“It will help you get and maintain an erection that lasts long enough for sex. “

10. Where can I get Viagra and who is eligible?

In March, Viagra became available in pharmacies without a prescription for the first time in the UK.

“Men looking to buy Viagra must be over 18 and have problems getting and maintaining an erection during sex,” Francesca said.

“Some drugs can interact with Viagra and men with certain cardiovascular health problems are not suitable for the drug.

“Therefore, it is extremely important to seek the advice of a professional pharmacist before taking Viagra.

“You will be asked a few simple questions, including what medications you are currently taking and any underlying health issues, but there is nothing to worry about.”

11. Should I go to a pharmacist?

If you are worried about going to a pharmacy to ask for Viagra, you can buy it online.

“If you want to try Viagra, you can do a private consultation online, over the phone, or make an in-store appointment to speak to a pharmacist in a private consultation room,” Francesca said.

“If the pharmacist thinks Viagra is the right solution for you, the drug can be purchased in a store or online and then delivered using a discreet home delivery service.”


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