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How Does Viagra Work?

You probably know Viagra as the drug doctors and pharmacists regularly recommend to men who want to be able to perform better sexually or who suffer from erectile dysfunction. What you may not know is how it works and the mechanics behind it. This can be useful when you want to have a better understanding of the drug and how best to use it. It also comes in handy as you try to determine if Viagra is right for you.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a medical problem that affects a number of men, particularly those who are past middle age. It can occur for a number of reasons- intimacy problems, stress, a medical issue or because of something else.

What this condition does is interfere with proper blood flow. The man is unable to perform because blood cannot reach the penile tissue like it should. It either flows too slowly or at a lower volume than it should.

This causes a lack of sensation in the tissue and makes it very difficult for arousal to occur or for stimulation to cause a decent erection. It can also decrease sexual libido and hurt sexual performance. The physical problem then is blood flow.

What Does Viagra Do?

Viagra is what is known as a PDE-5 inhibitor. By blocking certain actions in your body, it actually causes your blood vessels to relax. They open up and allow more blood through, and more blood is able to reach your penile tissue. This increases blood flow and sensation in the tissue and allows external sexual stimuli to be more effective.

It does take a while for the drug to become effective. About half an hour after you have taken the pill, it is fully broken down and processed by the body. Blood will flow more freely at that point. You won’t have an erection just because you take this pill, though. Instead, your tissue will respond much better to stimuli, and it will be easier to achieve and keep an erection. This permits you to have better sexual performance and to better please your partner. It can create self confidence that was previously lacking and permit you to enjoy intercourse more. Simply by using this drug, you may be able to take care of the some of the intimacy problems in your relationship and enjoy a closer connection with your partner.

What Viagra Won’t Do

Viagra is unable to solve the root problem that causes erectile dysfunction. This problem may be caused by stress, by some physical impairment, by a chemical imbalance, by relationship problems or by a childhood trauma. Whatever the case, Viagra is unable to cure the source, but it can certainly help with the effect of the problem. By clearing up the blood flow problem, it provides an immediate and helpful solution. You will still have to use it whenever you need help with your sexual performance, for as long as you suffer from erectile dysfunction.

It also cannot prevent STDs, prevent pregnancy or provide any other sexual or reproductive benefits. If you believe you have ED, you should talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you. It may or may not be Viagra, depending on a number of factors. Be sure to disclose your full medical history so that your doctor can make an accurate analysis of your condition and provide the help you need to correct it.

Viagra vs. Sildenafil

Sildenafil is the generic form of Viagra. The active ingredients are exactly the same, therefore the actions and effects of the drugs should be the same. Some of the inactive ingredients may be different. This usually has no noticeable effects, however if you are allergic to any of the inactive ingredients, or if you experience certain side effects, you may find these symptoms improve with the other version of the drug. In addition, due to the placebo effect, some people find that branded medications, such as Viagra are more effective than their generic counterparts. But fundamentally Viagra and Sildenafil are the same, the biggest difference is the name: Viagra is Pfizer’s brand of Sildenafil.

How to buy Viagra safely online

Viagra is available through a face-to-face consultation with a doctor, however if you’d prefer to purchase Viagra online, ensure you only purchase Viagra from a registered online pharmacy. Many counterfeits are available from illegitimate online pharmacies, which can cause serious harm. Viagra is a blue, rounded-diamond shape tablet. One side is marked “PFIZER” and the other side is marked “V” followed by a number that reflects the dosage i.e. 50mg tablet will have “V50” on one side. The tablets measure 11.2mm x 8.1 mm. Dr Felix only sources genuine medicine from British pharmaceutical suppliers regulated by the MHRA, so you can be sure you are getting the exact same medicine as you would if you walked into any NHS pharmacy in the UK.

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