Viagra 20-Anniversary

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The “little blue pill” celebrates its 20th anniversary. It started out as an erectile dysfunction drug, but is now taken by younger men for performance anxiety.

After 20 years, is Viagra now a young man’s drug?

Pfizer’s famous blue pill was approved on March 27, 1998 as the first available oral treatment for erectile dysfunction in the United States.

Billions and billions of dollars in sales later, the drug is now even more ubiquitous.

And its users seem to be getting younger.

But, for this next generation of men, the drug is being taken for reasons beyond the initial scope of erectile dysfunction.

Some studies have suggested that younger men who take Viagra take it to treat psychological barriers, including sex-related stress and anxiety such as “performance anxiety”.

Others take it recreationally to facilitate sex between men as a party drug that can increase sexual performance. In these circumstances, it is often taken at the same time as other medicines.

But the question is, should young men take medication to treat their nerves or to perform better during sex? And what’s more, is it even safe?

Healthline spoke to two experts in sexual health and got differing opinions on whether or not this is a good idea.

However, both experts agreed that the growing interest in Viagra has a lot to say about how sexual culture in the United States has developed over the past two decades.

“Women’s sexual rights have been more central to the concerns of the media and the entire socio-cultural context at the moment. When a man enters a relationship or dating scenario these days, sex isn’t something you fear, and it may or may not be good. Sex is actually something that could be a big deal in many relationships these days, ”Psychosexual Therapist Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, told Healthline.

Men are aware that in a sexual situation there is a certain expectation, which can lead to things such as embarrassment and anxiety when those expectations are not met.

The problem, says Nasserzadeh, is that short-term erectile dysfunction can become more of a problem if it stems from a psychological issue.

That is, if every time a man has sex he gets nervous and worries about not being able to perform and subsequently loses his erection, this process can become chronic.

For a situation where a psychological barrier has an effect on physical capacity, Nasserzadeh says Viagra may actually be helpful.

“If I am convinced that he is absolutely fine and it is only anxiety that he cannot maintain his erection with a partner, and if he reports that this was previously a source of embarrassment and distress on her part in previous attempts, I would say go for it, ”she said.

However, while Viagra may have some legitimate use in younger men, it is also considered problematic.

“A lot of Americans want this instant gratification. I’ll tweet right away and want a response within an hour. I’ll call you and expect you to pick up. I’ll take a pill and it will work for me within twenty minutes, ”Eric Garrison, clinical sex therapist at William and Mary College in Virginia, told Healthline.

Yes, it will give you an erection, but the pill will not necessarily take away all of those feelings of anxiety and stress associated with having sex.

“That nervous lump, Viagra is not going to get over it. They’ll still be nervous, but now they’re just nervous with an erection,” Garrison said.

Viagra is generally considered safe, but it can have health consequences and contraindications, particularly if taken as part of a night out.

The drug lowers the user’s blood pressure, which in itself is not a problem, but if combined with other drugs that have a similar effect, the results can be serious.

Garrison notes that the combination of Viagra and alkyl nitrites (commonly known as poppers), a common party drug, especially among gay men, is particularly dangerous.

Whether drugs and alcohol are involved or not, Garrison explains that Viagra is a quick fix for dealing with intimacy issues and starting a meaningful discussion with our partners about sex.

“In the United States, sex is always easier to do than talk about it,” he said. “It’s not about success or conquest or those other things. It’s all about pleasure and you can have sexual pleasure without an erection. You can have sexual pleasure without an orgasm, but we tend to think that you need that Eiffel Tower full in our pants.

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