Viagra is one of the most popular and widely used erectile dysfunction medications available on the market today. It was originally invented over 30 years ago as a medication to lower blood pressure, but pharmaceutical scientists quickly realized that it was having a significant and life-changing impact on sexual function: a brand new sexual revolution was born! Like all medications there are pros and cons to choosing Viagra. Starting to consider Viagra for ED problems? Here are some of the benefits of choosing this popular drug, and ways in which it could help enhance your life:

How does Viagra work?

Viagra is a diamond shaped blue pill that can be taken up to an hour before you plan to engage in sexual activity. It needs sexual stimulation in conjunction with the medication to be effective, so there is no need to worry about achieving an erection too soon or where it isn’t wanted. Viagra works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of blood vessels in certain areas of the body: this enables blood to flow to the penis more effectively, making it much easier to gain and keep an erection.

Sexual stimulation is an important aspect in the effectiveness of Viagra: When sexual stimulation occurs, the body will release nitric oxide through the nervous system and into the erectile tissue of the penis. Nitric oxide stimulates an enzyme that produces messenger cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). GMP is an enzyme that causes the arteries in the penis to dilate, and fill with blood. It is this that causes an erection and without this reaction occurring, an erection would not be possible. So how does Viagra impact on this process? It prevents the cGMP that has been released from becoming degraded, ensuring that the blood flow to the penis, and therefore the erection, can continue.

How effective is Viagra?

One of the reasons that Viagra is so popular is because it is an incredibly effective medication. Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs will vary in effectiveness depending on the dosage that you take and the severity of your condition. But in the majority of men Viagra is effective, carrying more minimal side effects than many other erectile dysfunction drugs. If you find that Viagra is not fully effective in solving your ED issues then there are other, stronger, drugs on the market that you can try that are likely to be more effective. However, these drugs also tend to carry stronger side effect risks. It is a delicate balance, which is why most physicians will recommend men with erectile dysfunction try Viagra as their first port of call.  

Viagra side effects

Like all medications, Viagra does carry some negative side effects: the most common of these are relatively minor, and most users find the benefits of the medications outweighs the risks. If you are considering trying Viagra for the first time then some side effects to look out for include: headaches, nasal congestion, impaired vision and feeling lightheaded, sensitivity to light and mild indigestion. These side effects are commonly associated with blood flowing too your penis, and many men will experience these side effects when they achieve an erection regardless of whether they are using Viagra or not.

There are some more serious side effects of Viagra use, but these are very rare. However, it is important to be aware of these before you begin to use the medication. These side effects include, but are not limited to; priapism (an erection that is long-lasting and that becomes painful), sudden hearing loss or heart attack. This largely only impacts individuals with pre-existing heart conditions, and if you have a heart complaint it is highly likely that your doctor would advise you not to take Viagra. If you experience any of these side effects then you should seek out emergency medical treatment immediately. It is important to note that as these side effects are very rare, you are unlikely to experience them. It is much more likely that you will enjoy a safe and pleasurable Viagra experience.

The good news is that Erectile Dysfunction is a problem that the medical profession take incredibly seriously, so men now have more solutions than ever before. Viagra remains one of the best and most popular choices to try, but if that doesn’t work for you then there are plenty of other options you can explore with your GP.