Does Viagra Make You Last Longer in Bed

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DIf you are having an issue getting it up or keeping it up, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Many men in the United States and worldwide have complained or gone to a general practitioner concerned with their sexual performance, especially with men who are over 45 years old. 

Currently, we live in a world where any health concern has some kind of natural or pharmaceutical treatment plan, including erectile dysfunction and the inability to stay hard during sex. Viagra is quite possibly the most well-known prescription that has done the trick for men, young and old, all over the world. 

This article will explore Viagra, and answer questions like how does viagra work? What are the long and short term Viagra effects? How long does Viagra last? And, of course, who can take Viagra? Let’s explore these questions and more! 

What exactly is Viagra?

Viagra, or Sildenafil, is a medication that allows for men to have a simulated erection for men who have experienced some degree of erectile dysfunction on a regular basis. Users who have prescribed Viagra, generally speaking, use the pill at the moment, and are able to have a proper erection that will last longer than normal. 

Viagra is safe for most men, but should always be prescribed by a physician based on the health and wellness of the man who wishes to take the pill. 

How does it work?

Under normal conditions, an erection for a man will occur when the penis is stimulated by arousal, touch, or contact. Muscles located around cylinder-shaped chambers of the corpus cavernosa allow for blood flow to rush in and create an erection. So the question remains, does Viagra make you last longer in bed? The answer is, yes!

When a man experiences any form of erectile dysfunction there is inadequate communication between the brain and nerves that disallows the blood flow from entering the corpus cavernosa. As a result of taking Viagra, the blood vessels become relaxed allowing for more blood flow to enter the corpus cavernosa and giving the man a rock hard boner. 

How long does it take for Viagra to work?

One of the most common questions men have is how long does Viagra last? There are quite a few factors that come into play, and many of these factors are directly related to overall health and wellness of the man who is taking the product. Diet, exercise, and medications that are currently being used are two major factors in how long Viagra will last. 

As for an answer that is blanketed and general, the answer is that Viagra takes on average 30-60 minutes to begin working, but in other cases, it can take up to two hours. Once aroused, and you will need to be aroused, Viagra can last between two, three and four hours before it starts to cool off! Some men even experience multiple erections within five hours. 

What other factors affect how long Viagra lasts

Viagra isn’t prescribed to just anyone, and the range of time and effectiveness the pill has on an individual depends on a few factors described below. 

  • What is the dose?  A higher dose will potentially increase the impact the prescription has on the body. Some of the smaller doses are in the 25-mg range, while other prescriptions are given at a much higher 100-mg dose. Your doctor will let you know what the proper dose is based on your age and medical history.
  • How old are you? Now don’t get all offended, this is a serious question that a doctor will need to know in order to give you the correct dosage. The older you are, the slower your metabolism, thus, your erection might actually last longer. Go you!
  • What is your diet like? Do you eat double cheeseburgers with bacon all day every day or are you a vegan loving salad eater? Depending on your diet, Viagra may or may not last long. If you are eating foods that are high in fat, Viagra can last longer if it is metabolized along with your meal. 
  • Do you drink alcohol? Drinking alcohol with Viagra isn’t suggested as it inhibits blood flow.
  • What medications are you taking? Your medical history will come into play when it comes to taking Viagra or not. Some antibiotics will interact poorly with Viagra and change the way it interacts with your body. Some examples include erythromycin, clarithromycin, and ciprofloxacin. 
  • What is your overall health condition? Do you have preexisting conditions like diabetes, MS, or a heart condition? Viagra won’t last as long with some medical conditions. 
  • Are you diagnosed with any psychological disorders? High anxiety and depression can impact how well Viagra works. Likewise, high stress can increase blood pressure which isn’t healthy while taking this medication. 

How long will it take for Viagra to leave the system?

As stated above, Viagra can last for some between two and five hours. The time it takes to stop working or leave your system is around the same time frame. For most cases, after six hours, Viagra will be completely out of the body.

All of these time frames depend on the dose you have been prescribed, your health, and of course, how fast you normally metabolize substances once they have entered the body. 

What else is there to know?

Viagra isn’t for everyone, but it will help you last longer in bed if you have a diagnosed condition of ED or anything similar. Once you have a consultation with your physician, he or she will know how to best diagnose and dose you with Viagra or a similar medication based on your overall health. 

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What is a sex addict

Sex addict

Sex is an inextricable part of life, and in our culture, sex has been normalized beyond what would have been recognizable only a few generations ago. Our commercials use sex to sell us products that range from shampoo to luxury cars. Our entertainment is frequently sexually explicit, from TV shows that depict sex scenes during primetime to musical lyrics that describe sex in sexually explicit terms. What was once considered vulgar or even pornographic by society would not get a seventh grader to bat their eyelash today.

What is sexual addiction?

For most people, sex never constitutes a problem. It remains a desirable and pleasant part of their lives, and it never becomes an issue. However, when individuals become obsessed with sex, it can lead to serious repercussions and consequences in their lives. The term sexual addiction is frequently used to describe the problem that some people have with sex, especially when they feel they cannot control their sexual impulses, even in the face of consequences to their health, careers, and relationships.

Part of the problem in reaching consensus about what sexual addiction looks like is that it can be so subjective. Cultural and religious factors can greatly shape an individual’s sexual outlook, while for others, such sexual norms and values are to be completely disregarded. Therefore, sexual behaviors such as multiple partners or threesomes, that might be normal to one person, look a lot like the symptoms of sex addiction when viewed through a different cultural or moral lens. This makes finding clear cut rules and standards nearly impossible.

Currently, there is no official diagnosis of sexual addiction. Sex addiction is not a term recognized by the DSM-V, the official diagnostic tool of the American Psychiatric Association.  The American Society for Addiction Medicine, however, defines addiction as the pathological pursuit of “reward and/or relief by substance abuse or other behavior.” According to this definition, sex addiction is a very real phenomenon for people who suffer acutely from obsessive thoughts about sex, to the point that it severely interferes in their lives.

Another important point to make is that sex addiction is not synonymous with addiction to pornography. Most people can casually enjoy pornography without harmful side effects in their personal lives, and many find it stimulates their sex lives and improves their relationships with their partners. Unfortunately for some people, it is possible to become completely consumed with the obsessive need to watch pornography.

People suffering from porn addiction often prefer pornography to living partners, unable to reach arousal without being stimulated by porn. This means that although they may seem similar, porn addicts are not necessarily sex addicts since sex with other people might, in fact, be the last thing on their minds.

For people that are suffering from sex addiction, the consequences can be severe. Compulsive sexual encounters greatly increase the risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV. Sex addicts also frequently experience major difficulties in their primary relationships, as the affairs and deceit can destroy trust and cause their partners to regard them with anger and hostility for what are perceived as betrayals and moral failings.

Sex addiction can get an even darker twist when it manifests in an individual’s sexuality as a paraphilia, or a set of compulsive sexual behaviors that are viewed by society as taboo, and can result in injury, harm, or impairment.  For sex addicts suffering from these paraphilic disorders, their compulsions may lead them outside of the lines defined by the law. Notable paraphilic symptoms of sex addiction include voyeurism, or the need to observe sexual behavior, in extreme cases without gaining the consent of the individuals being observed.

Exhibitionists have a need to expose themselves in public. For sexual sadists and masochists, the focus is on the humiliation, bondage or suffering that they need to either inflict or receive to feel sexually satisfied.  One of the most socially unacceptable and punishable of these sexual addictions is pedophilia or the sexual abuse of a person under 5 years of age by a person older than 16 years of age.

Sex addiction of the type described above is marked by a loss of control. Unmanageability is a hallmark of any addiction, and sex addicts are no different. Despite negative consequences, the person can no longer control the urge to have sex. Compulsive masturbation, compulsive porno consumption, or a string of multiple affairs are all symptoms of this characteristic lack of control. Typically, more than one symptom needs to be present to constitute a sexual addiction and cause significant negative consequences. These consequences affect every aspect of a sex addicts life.

What are the consequences of sex addiction?

Socially, family relations may be impaired, or jobs can be affected or lost. Physical consequences such as STI’s or unplanned pregnancy are common. Anxiety and depression are emotional symptoms of sex addiction. There could be legal action taken if laws are being broken such as prostitution, illegal pornography, or sexual harassment. Any of the above can have a drastic financial impact as well, be it divorce payments, lost income from being fired, or legal fees for breaking the law.

Sex addiction symptoms

Other significant symptoms of sex addiction include an inability of the individual to curtail or moderate their sexual behavior. A preoccupation with sex becomes all-consuming, and in fact, this can escalate over time, as the behaviors get riskier or more dangerous to themselves or others. As the sexual addiction becomes more severe, the individual may become unable to meet their responsibilities and obligations, missing work, appointments, or failing to pay the bills in the manner of someone who is dependent on substances and unable to live a normal life.

When someone who is a sex addict attempts to stop or is regulated in their ability to act out sexually, they may experience the acute emotional pain and frustration experienced by addicts during withdrawal, with restlessness, insomnia, irritability, and anger clouding their judgment.

While the causes of sexual addiction are not well understood, therapy is available and we encourage anyone who is struggling with sex addiction to seek professional treatment.

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