If you are looking to spark a spark in your sex life, it might be tempting to order male enhancement supplements, also known as penis enlargement supplements.
These dietary supplements can be purchased without a prescription. Companies make big promises of big benefits like high libido and bigger penis. Male enhancements seem to be everywhere these days. But do they work?
Like some prescription drugs (Viagra) that treat erectile dysfunction (ED), alternative male enhancement supplements work to increase blood flow to the penis.
If you have certain health problems, such as liver disease or high blood pressure, your doctor may advise you to avoid alternative or prescription pills to support erectile dysfunction.
As with any supplement in the United States, penis enlargement supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is therefore important to do your homework and speak to a healthcare professional if you have any questions.
This article examines a specific supplement, Manly X.
The Viril X enhancement is sold by Bio-Labs Dignity in Pacoima, California. The company sells a variety of supplements for cognitive, joint, and prostate support, among others.
Viril X is composed of a mixture of 21 ingredients:
- american ginseng
- avena sativa
- tundra leaves
- boron citrate
- catuaba bark
- eleuthero root
- cola nut seeds
- korean ginseng
- L-arginine HCL
- maca leaves
- muira pauma
- nettle leaves
- orchic substance
- pumpkin seeds
- Tribulus terrestris
Viril X is a proprietary blend, which means the company doesn’t have to release the amount of each ingredient they use in the product.
Viril X is intended to support the production of testosterone (which decreases with age) and nitric oxide (which may improve sexual function).
One ingredient, L-arginine, is the precursor to nitric oxide, a molecule that influences soft muscle areas of the body, one being penile tissue.
The role of L-arginine in treating symptoms of erectile dysfunction has been studied and the results show positive results.
A 2019 review article have highlighted various research studies on L-arginine used, alone or in combination with another drug, for the treatment of ED.
According to the article, “positive evidence is available for the efficacy of L-arginine and its various combinations.” However, the number of studies is limited and the samples are small.
On the other hand, nitric oxide is a neurotransmitter which is the building block of an erection. It acts as a relaxant, allowing blood vessels to open or dilate, swelling the tissues.
Many of the ingredients in Viril X are natural remedies believed to stimulate blood flow and energy, reduce inflammation, increase testosterone levels, and keep the penis and associated organs functioning properly.
However, scientific research into these claims is haphazard at best.
It is always best to consult your doctor before taking any natural supplement.
With ED, the inability to get and maintain an erection is not unusual. Sometimes erectile dysfunction presents itself as reduced interest in sexual activity.
If you experience these symptoms, talk to your doctor, says Dr Puja Uppal, a board-certified family doctor and chief medical officer of Think healthy.
However, it is unlikely that a urologist will prescribe these supplements to relieve symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is a complex disease that involves systemic health, hormones, and state of mind.
Uppal says there could be a number of underlying health issues causing symptoms of erectile dysfunction, such as sleep apnea, diabetes, heart disease, ADHD and other mental health issues . You may not even know you have any of these conditions.
“I never advise my patients to take supplements that are not regulated by the FDA because we just don’t know what’s in them,” she says.
Although the ingredients in Viril X are natural, that doesn’t mean they won’t cause side effects.
Ginseng, pumpkin seeds, and cayenne pepper have been shown to cause mild irritation in some people. And natural stimulants can cause anxiety in people who are sensitive to caffeine or similar substances.
Likewise, if you are taking any medication, it is best to talk to your doctor first.
Each of the ingredients in Viril X has the potential to react with a prescription drug.
L-arginine, for example, should not be used if you are taking antiplatelet drugs or blood thinners. This could increase the risk of heavy bleeding. It is also believed to have reactions to heart, diabetes and blood pressure medications.
Some online reviewers complain of diarrhea after taking Viril X. One reviewer says Viril X caused stomach cramps.
You can order Viril X via the Dignity Bio-Labs website. Other retailers, such as Amazon, GNC, and eBay, also offer the product.
Viril X bottles come with a 30 day supply. The company recommends taking two tablets per day with 8 ounces of water.
- One bottle: $ 54.95
- Three-bottle pack: $ 48.95 per bottle
- Six-bottle pack: $ 42.95 per bottle
The Dignity Bio-Labs website says they perform third-party testing on their products. They manufacture in the United States at an FDA registered facility in Utah.
Their website says: “The production facilities in which our products are made meet strict performance standards for cleanliness and maintenance. “
Customers benefit from a 100% risk-free guarantee. If you are not satisfied with Viril X, you can get a refund for up to 90 days after purchase.
The company offers free shipping to the United States and Canada.
Opinions on the effectiveness of Viril X are mixed. Some reviewers rate the product highly and say they will buy more. Other positive reviews indicate they had more energy for work or the gym.
Some lackluster reviews say the product doesn’t work. Some reviewers note that a 15% restocking fee is deducted from their refunds. Others say they haven’t received the product.
One reviewer rates the product 4 stars, saying, “It takes time to see the effects.”
There are several reviews online complaining that the product does nothing.
On the Dignity Bio-Labs website, however, the product has over 3,700 ratings, with an average of over 4 stars.
There are no clinical trials or clinical data for Viril X.
How long will I have to take Viril X to see a difference?
Some online reviews say it takes a few weeks to take the supplements regularly to see a difference. Others say Virile X never worked.
Natural supplements react differently from person to person.
Are there any long-term negative effects of taking Viril X?
There is no recorded long-term negative effect of taking Viril X.
This could be in part due to the lack of clinical trials. We just don’t know enough about the product to conclude if there are any long-term side effects.
Can I take more than the recommended amount if I find that two pills are not working?
You should not exceed the recommended dose.
Viril X is made up of roots and herbs, some of which have triggered allergic reactions. Ginseng is one of these plant ingredients. It has been shown to trigger insomnia, headaches and dizziness – and this is just one of the 21 ingredients in Viril X.
It might be tempting to try Viril X, or a similar supplement, if you have low libido or symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
However, any natural supplement is not subject to FDA rules and may keep proprietary ingredients and recipes private.
If you are taking prescription medication, you should not take any supplements without consulting a doctor. If you have symptoms of erectile dysfunction, they may be caused by an underlying health problem unrelated to sex.