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.

Does Viagra addiction really exist?

Today I want to answer one of the most frequently asked questions about Viagra. People often ask me whether Viagra addiction exists or not. You might think that the very formulation of the question seems stupid. And yep, numerous clinical trials and decades of using this effective drug should have proven its total safety.

If Viagra addiction was real, people would talk about it. Moreover, everyone would be afraid of such a dependence, and therefore stop buying the medicine. We all know that in reality everything goes in a completely different way.

On the other hand, medical records and complaints from some patients seem to confirm the opposite. Some men really mention that they have developed Viagra addiction. Like, without these magic pills, I can do absolutely nothing in bed. So, let me tell you the truth.

Why science denies the possibility of Viagra dependence

First, there is literally no scientific evidence for its existence. No scientific publication or study proves the possibility of addiction to medications for erectile dysfunction. Moreover, generally, drug dependence occurs only if the substance affects the brain. Then, this leads to physiological addiction, too.

Viagra addiction

Unlike, for example, antidepressants, such drugs as Viagra do not directly affect the brain. They are aimed at increasing blood circulation in the genitals, thus causing a normal erection. In addition, they leave the body rather quickly. So, these medicines also cannot lead to dependence due to their accumulation in the human body.

Where do the legends about Viagra addiction come from?

First of all, it happens due to feedback from some patients. They may really feel being unable to have sex in the so-called usual way after taking the magic blue pill for the first time. However, the problem lies entirely in the head.

If a person has not suffered from impotence, then, even after taking the medicine, he will be able to enjoy sex naturally. Conversely, a patient who has already been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, will (most likely) not be able to make love without chemical support. In other words, if you really think you got addicted to Viagra, see a therapist.

Sex after 60? Debunking the myths of male potency

First of all, I am writing this article for those who decide to forget about sex due to failures in bed or in a relationship. Unfortunately, as practice shows, men face this problem quite often. Instead of living a full life, many decide: There is no sex after 60! Of course, they are wrong!!!

Any relatively healthy person needs an intimate life. It doesn’t matter how old a man is, 40 or 90. Moreover, according to scientific research, people who continue having sex while getting older live longer than others. Today, I’ll try to debunk the most popular myths about sex after 60.

Myth # 1: Men after 60 are not interested in sex

In fact, everything is very individual. Some people lose interest in sex even earlier, as soon as at the age of 30. However, most often, the issue lies in physical or mental problems.

Sex after 60

Sex after 60 happens in both men and women. That’s absolutely normal. Many continue making love at 80, and at 90, and until death. Furthermore, elderly might be more sexually healthy than the younger generation. Young people spend too much time sitting at the computer, and this negatively affects potency.

According to world statistics, 60-70% of men aged 60 years and older live an active sexual life.

Moreover, now, with the rise of life expectancy, men over the age of 70 marry young women and have children. While a woman sooner or later cannot conceive and give birth, a man can become a father literally at any age.

Myth # 2: You can resume sexual activity anytime

Unfortunately, after a long break, you can achieve this only with psychological support, and, most often, with the mandatory use of stimulating erection drugs.

Sex is an exercise that requires regular training.

Although sex after 60 is possible, over the years, hormonal changes occur in the body that inhibit sexual function. In addition, vascular pathologies often arise, not allowing you to achieve a normal erection and enjoy sex.

At the same time, sex is pleasure, and pleasure is endorphins, which affect the quality and duration of life. Also, by the age of 70, many men lose their partners and become lonely. Accordingly, they seek attention, warmth, care and physical intimacy.

Myth # 3: You won’t be able to improve erection and have sex after 60

For many men, the lack of an erection means a complete finale of sexual life. But now this is a completely solvable problem. Modern medicine has great potential. Having correctly assessed the hormonal background, any patient, regardless of his age, can get a proper corrective therapy. Taking medications and following other doctors’ advice will help improve libido and erection quality.

Myth # 4: High blood pressure and orgasm are incompatible

Many older men have fears of complications due to high blood pressure. Of course, such a risk exists. However, do not worry. Just try to contact specialists such as a cardiologist and an urologist in order to undergo certain exams and, if necessary, start the treatment.

One more important point. If a man notices problems with getting or keeping an erection already at the age of 40-45 years, he should think of it. This is the first warning that after 5-10 years erectile dysfunction may worsen, and diseases of the cardiovascular system will develop. To enjoy life and sex after 60, maintain your health while you are still full of energy.

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.

“Coronavirus sex”: All you need to know about sex during the epidemic

It doesn’t matter in which country you live, and at what stage the development of the Covid-19 epidemic is there right now. Sooner or later, most of us face at least voluntary self-isolation. Unfortunately, life in quarantine, including sexual life, seems far from a bed of roses. In addition, many worry that during sexual intercourse, especially with unfamiliar partners, they can endanger their lives. So, what about sex in the new reality? I’ll try to honestly answer the most common questions about “Coronavirus sex” from a medical point of view.

Safe sex during an epidemic: How to protect yourself from infection

While in certain countries people have no choice, others choose self-isolation. Anyway, minimizing the chances of meeting the virus is a reasonable solution. You have already heard at least a bit of good advice, such as avoiding crowds, washing hands as often as possible, and wearing gloves when you go out. But what about sex? I will try to explain how to protect yourself from COVID-19 in your intimate life!

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FAQ on Coronavirus sex safety

I have answered only the most important and frequently asked questions on sexual safety during the COVID epidemic.

  • Can I get coronavirus during sex? Yep. This virus gets transmitted from person to person through close contact. Moreover, a person can be contagious even without any signs of covid symptoms. On the other hand, you can get it with a common kiss, or just shaking hands. So, sex itself does not seem more harmful than any other communication.
  • Will usual protection with condoms help me stay safe? Everybody should use condoms anyway. Unfortunately, they cannot protect you from the virus itself.
  • Then, I cannot have sex anymore? These days, the best is to have the only partner and do all the best to protect yourself from the virus in your everyday life. Another option is virtual sex without any contact. Also, think of trying the medicine which probably protects from getting infected.

Coronavirus sex: How to overcome problems in bed that you did not expect

Many say that in 8-9 months after the start of quarantine we should expect the new baby boom. In fact, during home isolation people face many psychological problems. And these moods, as well as constantly being at home with the loved ones, do not contribute to good sex. Moreover, such a situation can dissociate, deprive desire, and even cause problems with erection in men. I have asked my fellow psychologists to help me give some tips on how not to forget about sex during an epidemic.

You have probably read some articles about what to do during self-isolation or quarantine. However, in practice, following these recommendations is not that easy. Problems with work, money, health or insurance can lead to depression. And depression often causes a decrease in libido and sexual function in men and women. Instead of reading, self-education and hobbies, many prefer to lie on the couch in sad thoughts. And this is a pretty normal reaction.

Tips on better Coronavirus sex and COVID-19 relationship

Then, what can we do? Here are some simple tips from psychologists and sexologists:

  • If you switched to remote work, clearly indicate the working hours. During these hours, close in your home-office, do not let anyone in, and do not get distracted by anything.
  • Now, you have no work at all? Then, create a list of routine tasks to do every single day. Reading a book, watering flowers in the garden, watching the news… Whatever.
  • But do not put sex in this list! Good sex can only be spontaneous.
  • Try to remember everything that you love to do, but previously had no time to. Do not force yourself to engage in a hobby if you do not want to, but give your hobby a chance.
  • Do not forget about sports. You can do it in your own garden, and even at home. The lack of physical activity adversely affects not only overall health, but also the psychological state and sex.
  • If you notice that you have problems with erection, although the desire has not gone away, order online any suitable medication to improve potency.
  • Try not to spend absolutely all the time with your partner, since in the end you will start to feel sick from each other.