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    Viagra: facts and myths – find out the truth

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    1. Viagra is the only treatment for erectile dysfunction
    2. Viagra gives a permanent erection until the effect wears off
    3. Viagra works the first time or not at all  
    4. Viagra is an aphrodisiac
    5. Viagra protects against sexually transmitted infections
    6. Viagra works best on an empty stomach
    7. Viagra takes effect immediately
    8. Viagra is more effective the more pills you take
    9. Taking Viagra can cause side effects
    10. Taking Viagra will negatively affect your fertility
    11. You need a prescription for Viagra
    12. Viagra cannot be taken with other medicines
    13. Viagra stops you ejaculating
    14. You can’t get pregnant on Viagra

    Blue pills on hand

    Viagra is possibly the most famous prescription medicine in the world. The little blue pill has helped millions of men around the world overcome their erectile dysfunction (ED). But like any celebrity, over the years a number of myths have become attached to Viagra.

    To help you know your Viagra facts, we separate the truth from the tall tales…

    Viagra is the only treatment for erectile dysfunction

    FALSE. Viagra may be the most famous treatment for ED but several alternatives are available. VardenfilLevitraSildenafilCialis and Tadalafil are three widely used treatments for ED. Cialis is the longest-lasting, while Sildenafil contains the same active ingredient as Viagra – and is therefore just as effective – without being attached to the price-boosting brand name. Other treatments include Caverject injections, MUSE pellets and Vitaros cream

    Viagra gives a permanent erection until the effect wears off

    FALSE. You only get an erection after taking Viagra when you are sexually stimulated. Without stimulation Viagra should have no effect. 

    Viagra works the first time or not at all  

    FALSE. Many men experience no results the first time they take Viagra. This doesn’t mean the drug won’t work eventually. Doctors recommend you try any ED treatment up to eight times before exploring another kind or moving onto a higher dosage.

    Viagra is an aphrodisiac

    FALSE. Viagra can help you have sex but it doesn’t boost your sex drive. However by successfully combating erectile dysfunction Viagra may remove previous negative feelings towards sex.

    Viagra protects against sexually transmitted infections

    FALSE. Viagra offers NO protection against STIs. Nor does any other form of ED treatment. Wear a condom if you have any doubts regarding you or your partner’s sexual health.

    Viagra works best on an empty stomach

    TRUE. Eating a heavy meal can limit Viagra’s effectiveness. The same goes for alcohol intake. Ideally you want to consume the drug sober and on an empty stomach to enjoy the best results.

    Viagra takes effect immediately

    FALSE. Viagra generally takes effect between 30 minutes to an hour after you ingest it. To be safe you should take Viagra at least an hour before sexual intercourse.

    Viagra is more effective the more pills you take

    FALSE. You should never take more than one dose of Viagra within a 24 hour period. Nor should you take Viagra in combination with any other ED medication. If nothing is happening another pill won’t make any difference.

    Taking Viagra can cause side effects

    TRUE. Although these are rare and usually mild. Nausea, headaches, dizziness and skin flushes are the most likely to occur. If side effects persist stop taking Viagra and consult your doctor for further advice.

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    Taking Viagra will negatively affect your fertility

    FALSE. There are reports that Viagra can cause sperm damage in exceedingly rare cases. However the chances of this happening are minute. It is far more likely for Viagra to positively affect fertility, by helping you gain and maintain an erection.

    You need a prescription for Viagra

    TRUE. You can't legally get Viagra without a prescription, although Viagra Connect can be obtained over the counter. Fortunately this is relatively easy – although you should ensure you are using a trusted source. Our clinicians offer a free online assessment to ascertain your suitability for Viagra.

    Viagra cannot be taken with other medicines

    FALSE. Viagra is normally safe even if you are using other forms of medication. However certain medicines such as nitrates interact negatively with Viagra. For this reason, you must always tell your doctor exactly what medicines (both prescription and non-prescription) you are taking.

    Viagra stops you ejaculating

    FALSE: Viagra should not impact ejaculation, it is prescribed to increase blood flow to the penis following sexual arousal. 

    You can’t get pregnant on Viagra

    FALSE: As Viagra does not inhibit ejaculation, there is a chance, if you have unprotected sex, of getting pregnant. 

    There are studies from the start early 2000s that suggest Viagra may affect a sperm’s ability to be fertilised, as Viagra breaks down the sperm’s acrosome. This is a cap-like structure that is filled with enzymes that break down the membrane surrounding an egg.

    However the NHS states there is no firm evidence to suggest Viagra affects fertility. 

    Visit our erectile dysfunction clinic for more information on Viagra and other treatments.

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    References

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2008/feb/24/medicalresearch.health
    https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/sildenafil-viagra/

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