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Should I Buy Viagra?

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Updated May 18, 2011

The makers of Viagra are eager to tell all of us how many men buy Viagra. Their website boasts about the 20 million men who buy Viagra and, in their words, have “had the Viagra conversion.” There is no doubt that they’ve sold a lot of little blue pills. But no matter how much it looks like candy, and how much they push their advertising message that taking it is as easy and fun as eating candy, Viagra remains a drug, and it’s always worth thinking carefully before you buy any drug, including Viagra.

I think there is a short answer and a long answer to the question "Should I buy Viagra?" The short answer is that if you’re consistently having difficult getting the kind of erection you want (which is different from the kind you think you should have or the kind others tell you to have), if you’re not taking any nitrates and in relatively good health, nothing is wrong with talking to your doctor about getting a prescription to buy Viagra or other medications for erectile dysfunction and try it a few times.

The long answer involves asking yourself some difficult questions (see below). If you’re buying Viagra to “fix” your sex life, you will most likely be disappointed. All Viagra can do is help a man get an erection. That’s a lot, but it’s usually not everything we want. Here are a few pros and cons about buying Viagra.

Reasons to Buy Viagra

As far as treatments for erectile dysfunction, Viagra is less invasive and the easiest to start and stop using.

Some men (around half) are happy with the results they get from Viagra and use it to allow them to have the kind of sex they want while continuing to explore other ways of being sexual alone and with a partner.

When prescribed by a physician you have met with, Viagra has relatively few side effects and most men find them minor in severity.

Reasons Not to Buy Viagra

Don’t buy Viagra if you haven’t talked to your partner or doctor about it.

Many people are dissatisfied with their sex life being so focused on intercourse. Buying and using Viagra may help you continue to avoid getting more creative with your sex life, and you’ll never know what you’re missing.

Almost half the men who try Viagra don’t refill their prescriptions, even though they say they were satisfied with how it worked. Viagra is not the solution to all your sexual problems, and buying Viagra won’t help if it is the end, rather than beginning, of a new sexual conversation with your partner.

Before You Buy Viagra

Here are a few questions to ask yourself. You may want to talking with both your partner and your doctor about your answers.
  • Why do you want to buy Viagra? Did someone else suggest it or is it your idea?
  • What are you expecting your sex life to be like after you buy Viagra? How will it get better? Are there any drawbacks you can imagine?
  • How much of your sex life involves an erection? If you couldn’t get an erection ever again, have you thought about other ways to be sexual by yourself and with a partner?
  • What do you like most about your sex life? What does your partner like most?

Sources:

Giannitsas, K., Konstantinopoulos, A., Patsialas, C., Perimenis, P. “Preference for and Adherence to Oral Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitors in the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction” Patient Preferences and Adherence Vol. 2 (2008): 149–155.

Pfizer Prescribing and Patient Information for Viagra

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