Not just impotence: Sildenafil for Raynaud’s syndrome

As I already mentioned in my articles on this website, doctors use Sildenafil (Viagra) for more purposes than just treating erectile dysfunction. For example, recently, scientists started studying the properties of Viagra for COVID patients. Today I will tell you about one more atypical use of the drug. Let’s talk about the use of Sildenafil for Raynaud’s syndrome.

What is Raynaud’s syndrome?

The so-called Raynaud’s syndrome, or Raynaud’s disease, is a disorder of blood vessels in the fingers and toes. How it works? The blood vessels narrow when a patient feels cold or stressed, and the fingers and toes turn white to blue.

In fact, I’d call it an excessive vasospastic reaction to exposure to cold or emotional stress. Clinical manifestations include the appearance of sharply delineated areas of discoloration of the skin on the fingers and toes. As a rule, these areas acquire a very pale, even bluish color.

Sildenafil for Raynaud's syndrome

This syndrome is quite common, especially in countries and regions with cold climates. In such areas, the disease affects up to 3-5% of the population. Raynaud’s syndrome can be primary, or idiopathic, and secondary, associated with other diseases. Fortunately, we can use Sildenafil for Raynaud’s syndrome, which effectively fights the symptoms.

Research on the use of Viagra for the treatment of Raynaud’s disease

More than a dozen scientific studies published in the specialized medical press confirm the success of the use of Sildenafil for Raynaud’s syndrome. Let me emphasize that the medication is effective in both primary and secondary nature of the disease.

In particular, according to one of the studies, in the treatment of Raynaud’s syndrome, Viagra (Sildenafil) allows not only to get rid of symptoms (in some cases completely), but also to heal existing digital ulcers on the hands and feet.

Sildenafil for Raynaud’s Syndrome: Side effects and a pleasant bonus

In the above study, patients took one pill at a dosage of 50 mg once a day in the evening. The participants tolerated the treatment well and practically did not complain of side effects. In a number of cases, they experienced a minor headache.

However, I almost forgot to mention one significant “side effect”. You might have guessed that I am talking about excellent erection in the male part of the group. Such a nice bonus of treatment appeared in those patients who were already aroused, since that it how Viagra works.

Home remedies for impotence: Do they work?

Today, I propose to talk about home remedies for impotence. Some people also call them natural treatments for erectile dysfunction, or folk remedies. Anyway, let’s try to figure out whether such tools work, and do they harm or benefit.

Harmless home remedies for impotence

This time, I will not talk about questionable supplements, but only about foods that are considered aphrodisiacs and erection stimulants. I would call all these products harmless home remedies for impotence.

Shellfish and other seafood

Many believe that seafood, including oysters, enhances masculine strength. Due to the high content of protein and other substances, these products can really positively affect the potency and even the volume of semen. However, I would rather call them natural aphrodisiacs than a remedy for impotence. Also, don’t forget that “overdosing” on shellfish can lead to unpleasant “side effects” and poisoning.

ED home remedies seafood and oysters

Ginseng

Legends about the magical effect of ginseng root on male potency and human health in general come from ancient China. Many people still believe in its superpower. People make ginseng tinctures, including alcohol-based, and count on the effect. Perhaps, due to this faith, some really feel it.

Ginger

Another “magic root”, quite a popular home remedy for impotence, theoretically may increase the flow of blood. Let me remind you that this is one of the properties of the most popular drug for erectile dysfunction, Viagra. Unfortunately, alcoholic-based “magic roots” tinctures most often lead to problems in bed than to the desired effect, since alcohol decreases libido and erection quality.

Walnut and other nuts

On my opinion, in this case, a light “effect” sometimes happens because of protein, just as with shellfish. However, nuts are good for your health (mind the calories!), so eat them if you wish.

Do the above home remedies for impotence help solve the problem?

Unfortunately, all of the foods listed above are unlikely to help you get rid of erectile dysfunction. Some patients claim that such remedies for impotence work, but I would attribute this to the placebo effect. On the other hand, none of these products will harm you.

But, if you really want to permanently solve your erection problems, better consult a specialist or just start taking highly effective medications. In addition, I recommend combining any kind of treatment with a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes, especially at the initial stages of impotence, a man just has to get rid of stress and bad habits, start eating healthier foods, and increase physical activity in order to restore normal sexual function.

Impotence and premature ejaculation at the same time – Is it possible?

Many of you know firsthand that a man can suffer from impotence and premature ejaculation at the same time. I want to talk about the medical aspects of this quite common problem and the methods of its treatment. But first of all, I want to reassure you: it is quite normal to experience difficulties with erection and, simultaneously, to finish too quickly.

In fact, the average sexual intercourse, even in a completely healthy man, lasts as little as 2 to 5 minutes.

How do premature ejaculation and impotence develop?

In our blog, you can read a lot about sexual dysfunctions in men and how to treat them. Most often, I talk about erectile dysfunction, since this disaster hits us the most. However, impotence and premature ejaculation may develop at the same time, causing even more problems in sex life.

impotence and premature ejaculation

Obviously, both conditions may have both psychological and physiological origins. Moreover, one problem does not exclude another. You may suffer from difficulty getting or keeping an erection, but as soon as the penis enlarges, ejaculate immediately. In most cases, such a problem has psychological roots (or both).

Young men are more likely to suffer from premature ejaculation, but even older person complain of it quite often.

Can you treat erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation with one drug?

As I have already noted, the simultaneous presence of impotence and premature ejaculation usually occurs with the background of psychological problems. Even if both sexual dysfunctions have physiological roots, too, psychology is somewhere near. Therefore, think of psychotherapy or at least independent work on yourself, such as meditation.

However, you do not need to see a doctor right away, especially if the difficulties have arisen recently and do not yet seem critical. Fortunately, today anyone can purchase one of the multifunctional medicines which help with two problems at once. In particular, consider taking pills containing both Sildenafil and Dapoxetine, for impotence and premature ejaculation respectively.

It has been scientifically proven that a man can take these two substances simultaneously without risks to health and sexual function. Just follow the instructions.

Erectile dysfunction in young people: Why does it occur and how to treat it?

You probably know that impotence most often occurs in older men. Meanwhile, in recent years, the trend of erectile dysfunction among young people has been increasing. Let’s look at why problems with an erection can occur even in very young men. Also, let us understand and how to improve the situation.

According to statistics, impotence is four times more common in men over the age of 60 than in patients aged 40 to 60 years. However, erectile dysfunction can occur even in a teenager.

Causes of erectile dysfunction in young people

As numerous studies have shown, the main causes of impotence vary depending on the age of patients. In other words, teenagers and very young men are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction due to psychological reasons. However, at the age of 30, impotence occurs caused because of physiological factors and improper lifestyle.

Here are the most common causes of impotence in young men:

  • Psychological: childhood trauma, lack of sexual experience, unsuccessful attempts to have sex, fear of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy, conflicts with partners, financial problems and subsequent stress, chronic fatigue and lack of sleep in young fathers.
  • Physiological: disorders of endocrine function, vascular diseases, diseases and injuries of the genitals and pelvic organs, disorders of the central nervous system, heart disease, cancer at an early stage, low-activity lifestyle, bad habits.

As a rule, erectile dysfunction in young people is quite easy to treat. Most often, a patient has just to eliminate the cause of difficulties in bed, and the penis begins to work normally. For example, in the case of childhood trauma, therapy might help to avoid the risk of impotence for many years. Or, for instance, consider improper lifestyle. Just choosing a healthy diet and giving up bad habits leads to sexual life improvement. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always help.

Erectile dysfunction in young people

How to determine the causes of impotence in a young man, and how to treat it?

What if the reasons for difficulties with erection do not seem obvious? And what if you do not intend to visit the doctor and pass necessary exams? Then, you can focus on one medical secret:

Most often, erectile dysfunction due to organic disorders develops gradually. First, the night and morning erections disappear, then the endurance in bed decreases, erection quality worsens, and so on. At the same time, the so-called psychogenic impotence in young people most often occurs suddenly. Spontaneous arousal, especially at night and in the morning, persists, but a patient cannot perform a full sexual act.

If you suspect that you have erectile dysfunction of organic origin at a very young age, you should start treatment as soon as possible. Your doctor will most likely prescribe a number of tests, including a blood test and pelvic ultrasound.

Sexologist-psychologist comments erection difficulties

Not long ago, I met a colleague, doctor in sexology and a practicing psychologist, and we had a conversation about typical erection difficulties in men. Some expert comments surprised even me. So, I want to share with you the most interesting comments of a specialist about typical intimate problems and atypical ways to solve them.

Is it true that, in most cases, psychological reasons cause impotence?

Roughly speaking, yes. Especially if we sum up such causes of erectile dysfunction as stress or depression, psychological attitudes, problems in relationships… In fact, a person not psychologically mature enough who does not know how to build healthy relationships, has erection difficulties more often than you can imagine.

erection difficulties

For many, difficulties in sex arise from the very first attempts to have sex. Why? Unfortunately, inadequate reaction of both partners to “so-so” sex can lead to further erection difficulties. Low self-esteem and increased anxiety only exacerbate the problem.

How common are erection difficulties, according to your practice?

Most often, men come to me precisely with this problem! Women usually seek to understand themselves, work out childhood trauma, and move on. At the same time, almost any psychological problem in men is associated with sexual function. Moreover, analyzing the requests and reviews of my patients, I can come to an amazing conclusion:

On average, every two of ten sexual acts fail…

Although this is normal, men perceive any single failure as a terrible fiasco. I explain to everyone that an erection depends on many factors, and no one can be constantly ready for sex. On my opinion, such false beliefs appear because we are all kind of raised by porn films. There, thanks to Viagra and editing, everyone looks like a sex giant.

Can a man understand when it’s time to worry about impotence?

Yes! If a man regularly or at least occasionally has a morning erection, then everything is definitely fine. The perfect indicator of normal erectile function is having this ‘morning boner” once or twice a week.

Moreover, many men cannot believe that the normal frequency of sex in a stable couple is the same – once or twice a week. The vast majority have some completely unrealistic ideas about sex in general and erections particular. If you prefer having sex three times a year, and this doesn’t bother your partner, congratulations!

The terrible consequences of taking regular Viagra

Almost every man wants to be (or at least to seem to be) a great lover. But attempts to do this at all costs may not lead to the consequences that we expect. Unfortunately, despite its high efficacy and proven safety, even regular Viagra can only ruin everything. So, let us talk about the undesirable effects of its use. However, I should first note that all of them happen because of improper intake of the blue pills.

Does usual Viagra really cause priapism?

Manufacturers always honestly warn of the possibility of this dangerous condition on the packaging. But, in fact, there is no particular risk. This potentially harmful side effect occurred in a negligible percentage of patients both during clinical trials and in medical practice.

However, if you notice any symptoms of priapism, contact your doctor or seek for emergency immediately. Most often, the signs include painful erection that lasts more than four hours. It persists without any sexual stimulation, even after ejaculation. Due to the potential danger of penile damage and even gangrene, better try to deal with the problem as soon as possible.

A curious fact: priapism disease was named after the mythical ancient Greek god of fertility Priapus, who had a constant erection.

After a sexual intercourse with the support of the blue pills, the penis will return to its normal state. Do not be vainly afraid that an erection will last for hours and interfere with life due to the intake of Viagra. In fact, cancer, blood diseases, spinal cord injuries, or taking drugs become the cause of priapism much more often.

In which cases can ordinary Viagra really be dangerous?

First of all, I would name the simple fact that these pills will help with erection and sex, but will not eliminate the underlying causes of impotence. Meanwhile, many men could improve their situation by curing the root cause of problems in bed.

A popular opinion that the medication can reduce fertility in men is not proven.

The second potential danger is side effects. They can be quite severe and unexpected, even if you know about them in advance. Each organism tolerates treatment individually. So, you have no guarantee at all. Let me remind you that the side effects of Viagra (Sildenafil) include problems with heart rhythm and vision, as well as a number of other unpleasant conditions.

regular viagra

Finally, if you neglect the requirement not to take these pills in case of contraindications, you can really risk your life. Some diseases are NOT compatible with this drug.

Is there any connection between erectile dysfunction and infertility in men?

For some reason, many believe that the inability to conceive a child most often happens because of female infertility. This is not true. But today I want to talk about something else. Let us find out, if there is any connection between erectile dysfunction and infertility in men. In addition, I propose to learn what to do if conception is impossible precisely because of impotence. Of course, I mean those cases when a woman is healthy and completely ready for pregnancy.

Erectile dysfunction and infertility in men: What is important for conception?

In fact, the possibility of conception depends not on the quality of erection and duration of sexual intercourse, but on the quality of sperm. Even with a perfect long-lasting erection and exciting sex, the quality of the sperm can be so low that not a single sperm reaches its target, the egg.

Sperm quality gets influenced by many factors, including such as hypothermia, or vice versa, increased testicular temperature, radiation exposure, untreated sexual infections, and even stress.

How to increase the chances of having a baby in case of male infertility?

So, what to do? If you cannot conceive a child for two years or more, in any case, you should contact specialists in the field of reproductive medicine. Doctors should examine both partners and find out the real reason for the failure.

“Some seemingly harmless medicines, including antibiotics and steroid drugs for allergies, can reduce sperm production in men.”

Most likely, in addition to examinations for diagnosis and treatment, the doctor will advise you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat well. Men suffering from erectile dysfunction and infertility can neither overeat nor starve. The diet should be rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, cereals, fish, meat. Also, you may need to take supplements. In addition, better give up alcohol and smoking. Think of a high-quality family vacation that will help fight stress and get closer.

What if there is a link between erectile dysfunction and infertility?

In rare cases, the inability to conceive is nevertheless due to impotence. Theoretically, you can try artificial conception. However, with severe erectile dysfunction, a man cannot do even this, if you understand what I mean. Most often, in this case, experts advise getting rid of the main problem, that is, erectile dysfunction.

erectile dysfunction and infertility in men

Regardless of the roots of erection difficulties, specialists advise solving the problems with the help of effective medications such as Viagra or analogues. You can deal with the psychological or physiological causes of impotence at the same time.

Do not forget that erectile dysfunction can be caused by hormonal failure or other endocrine diseases. In this case, the link between erectile dysfunction and infertility in men can be direct. So, you have to first cure the underlying disease.

Generic Viagra pros and cons compared to the original

Before talking about Generic Viagra pros and cons compared to the so-called original version, I would like to remind you of equivalent drugs and their properties. In short, the manufacturers of such medicines create them “in the image and likeness” of their brand-name analogues. Or, even simpler, more expensive patented medicines are absolutely identical to the “copies” with the same active substance not protected by a patent.

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The main advantages of generic Viagra making it so popular

Let us start our Generic Viagra pros and cons guide with the pros. Any person who wishes to make his sex life better or to treat erectile dysfunction starts navigating the pharmaceutical market sooner or later. Then, most men start thinking about the difference between all the excising ways to improve potency.

So, here are the main advantages of generic Viagra:

  • Of course, most patients really love cost of equivalent medications. Just try to compare the prices on brand-name Viagra and its generic analogues to make sure that equivalents make you save a lot.
  • Among Generic Viagra pros and cons I would name another absolute benefit. That is, you can purchase an analogue much easier than an original drug. You do not even have to see a doctor and pass exams to get diagnosed and obtain a prescription. Most often, you can easily buy generic Viagra online without a medical advice. Sometimes, you can even find such a medicine at a local drugstore. Still, online purchases help spend less.
  • Another important point concerns those who do not want to support global companies and obey their advertising. They could absolutely do without us.
  • Finally, mind that generic Viagra is as effective as the more expensive “original” equivalent. Both contain the same active substance in the same doses.

Certain disadvantages of generic Viagra

Of course, Generic Viagra pros and cons consist not only of pros. I have listed the main advantages of generic version of the famous blue pills. But let me mind the possible disadvantages, too. For example, theoretically, the amount of the active substance Sildenafil in the equivalent may not be sufficient for an equally strong effect. It mainly depends on the manufacturer and quality control. Also, additional components present in any medicine can cause an allergic reaction in some patients.

In addition, keep in mind that, according to international standards, many generic parameters can differ significantly from the characteristics of the original medicines. Particularly, the speed of action of equivalent drug can be about 10% lower. Also, the amount of additional ingredients can reach one third of the volume of the pill. Anyway, this does not mean that generic medications could harm. No matter which medicine you choose, a brand-name one or its analog, follow the instructions, and you will be totally satisfied.

Helping impotent partner: How to make sex better for both (or more) of you

Many of us have experienced sexual problems at least once. Quite often, such difficulties seem temporary, and pass soon. Unfortunately, many men (well, women and people of other genders, too) have to keep living with the problem for a long time, or even forever. What can you do for your partner who suffers from impotence or erectile dysfunction? Today, we would like to talk about a few simple tricks for those who want to improve sexual atmosphere in the bedroom. This time, forget about the drugs, since you can use some psychological tips!

Tricks on helping partner with impotence for women

Of course, these tips apply not only to the so-called traditional female-male couples, but also to any loving partners. Still, according to the statistics, such marriages suffer from erectile dysfunction and similar problems ore then others. Anyway, check these common causes of difficulties with male erection and ways to solve such problems:

  • Falling out of love. In fact, when love and mutual respect remain the same, but passion fades, the things might seem even worse. While a man suffers from difficulties with erection (many do not even talk about it for various reasons), his wife or partner can just say words of love more often, and gently touch him from time to time.
  • Looking bad. Unfortunately, sometimes, we can fall out of love just because a partner looks bad. We cannot force our beloved ones dress beautifully and take care of themselves, but we can give them a good example.
  • Providing a husband with more stress. If the cause of erectile dysfunction is stress or other psychological problems, additional pressure from the partner will only make it worse. Take care of yourself and live your own life. Then, see what happens and decide if you still need this partnership.
  • Try something new in bed. Some women still do not even think about their own pleasure, and keep waiting for missionary sex wonders. Bad for them! If relationship becomes boring, why not try stimulants or sex toys?
  • Avoiding medications. If your partner admits he has certain problems similar to erectile dysfunction, just let him take the pills.

Tips on helping a partner with erectile dysfunction for all

Along with the above mentioned problems and solutions, mind some other common causes of erectile dysfunction and loss of sexual desire. Fortunately, all these difficulties are usually quite easy to overcome. And do not forget that, in any case, a relatively healthy man can just take a magic pill…

Helping impotent partner

  • Stress. Obviously, everybody knows how to reduce stress. Then, just do it!
  • Health. Some diseases may cause erectile dysfunction. So make sure your partner visits his doctor regularly and takes the meds he has to take.
  • Physical activity. Jogging or swimming together will help both in bed and out of it.
  • Bad habits. Smoking and alcohol abuse contribute to impotence even more than age or serious illnesses. Give up bad habits yourself. Perhaps, your partner will follow you too.
  • Improper nutrition. Cook good foods for two, or choose restaurants with healthy cuisine.

Alcoholic impotence: Is it reversible?

Most men who drink too much sooner or later face problems with getting and keeping an erection. In other words, many of us could end up with alcoholic impotence. And, unfortunately, not many ask specialists for advice. My colleague, a psychiatrist, helps her patients not only restore their human qualities, but also solve specific male issues. And around 70% of such difficulties are due to alcohol addiction. Let’s see how to restore male potency in a recovering alcoholic.

The main reasons for alcoholic impotence

First, you need to understand how impotence develops in a drinking man. You might already know that ethyl alcohol affects all human organs and systems, including the brain. Sexual arousal, like all the impulses, comes from the brain. Then, the signals enter the spinal cord, and then, the processes of filling the blood vessels of the genital organs activates. However, ethanol can block impulses, so no erection occurs.

whiskey and alcoholic impotence

In addition, alcohol affects the cardiovascular system. During sexual arousal, a large amount of blood fills the penis, thus allowing a man to maintain an erection. If you drink too much alcohol before sex, the vessels just cannot help provide a good boner. Moreover, with systematic use of such drinks, the walls of the vessels become thinner. In other words, alcoholic impotence becomes almost irreversible.

Other links between alcohol consumption and erectile dysfunction

Now, let us focus on the nerve endings. Quite often, prolonged use of alcohol leads to the death of nerve endings in the male organ, causing severe erectile dysfunction.

Another reason for sexual disturbances in drinking men is a violation of the hormonal background. The production of testosterone reduces. Due to a lack of this hormone, sexual desire reduces, too. Furthermore, this hormonal condition may cause erectile dysfunction, male infertility, testicular atrophy and disruption of the prostate gland.

Another point concerns psychological problems in an alcoholic, which also lead to problems with potency. The worst is that most often such men start drinking even more, thus worsening the situation.

Once again: How to avoid alcoholic impotence

If a man who regularly drinks alcohol has problems with potency, he should contact specialists. But first of all, try do drink in moderation. Even reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages you drink, you can improve your condition and sexual life. Still, better give up alcohol. Another good advice is to see a therapist. Most often, men with history of alcohol abuse have to take medicines in order to restore sexual function.