More specifically, erectile dysfunction was found to negatively affect their self-esteem, confidence, and happiness and 88% of the men questioned said that erectile dysfunction had “Some Impact” or a “Major Impact” on their relationship with their spouse or partner.
Embarrassment around erectile dysfunction
When asked about their comfort discussing erectile dysfunction, many men indicated that they had feelings of shame or embarrassment.
While 42% said they weren’t comfortable talking to a doctor about their erectile dysfunction, 48.2% said they weren’t comfortable talking to their spouse or partner about their erectile dysfunction either.
When men did finally see a doctor or counselor to discuss their erectile dysfunction, things didn’t always end well. More than 70% of men reported dissatisfaction with their doctors and 78.8% of men reported dissatisfaction with their counselors.
Viagra for erectile dysfunction
One treatment that works for more than 80% of men with erectile dysfunction is Viagra. Viagra is a vasodilator that works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of blood vessels. It was originally used to treat hypertension and angina pectoris, but one observant nurse noticed that the men being treated kept turning on their stomachs to hide their erections.
Viagra is made by Pfizer and its active ingredient is sildenafil. It’s not only the most popular erectile dysfunction drug in the world but also the most counterfeited.
As with any medication, there can be side effects, but most are so minor that men keep taking Viagra. The most common side effects include a headache, flushing, upset stomach, back or muscle pain, nausea, stuffy or a runny nose, and abnormal vision, such as changes in color vision.
Some men, such as those who take nitrates or guanylate cyclase stimulators shouldn’t take Viagra as the combination can cause unsafe drops in blood pressure.