Does Viagra Work In Younger Men?

Does Viagra Work For Younger Men?

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Viagra is synonymous with helping men get and maintain erections for 3 decades now. It is the most ubiquitous erectile dysfunction pill on the market today. In fact, this little blue pill is so prevalent in society that it’s been ingrained into modern pop culture.

However, today, Viagra’s popularity has waned. It’s no longer an on-patent drug. Since its patent expiration, the active ingredient, Sildenafil, is now readily available as a generic drug. However, the question that most people have is not only will it work for most men. The question is, will Viagra work for younger men as well.

You see, erectile dysfunction does not discriminate. Not only does it affect upwards of 18 million men in the United States, but it also affects both young and old men alike. And, contrary to popular belief, erectile dysfunction (ED) is not something that is directly correlated with age.

Sure, while most people think that the older you get the more common ED becomes, the facts paint a very different picture. But before we dive into whether Viagra is right for younger men versus older men, let’s look at what Viagra really is.

What is Viagra?

Viagra, also called “the little blue pill,” is a drug which relaxes the muscles in the walls of blood vessels, specifically in certain areas of the body. By relaxing the walls of blood vessels, it decreases blood pressure, allowing blood to flow more freely to the penis.

Blood flow, as most people understand it, is a necessary condition to getting and maintaining an erection. In fact, 6 times the regular blood flow is required for men to actually achieve and maintain an erection at any given time.

When blood flow is restricted to the penis, it makes it virtually impossible to get an erection, let alone maintain one. Viagra works as a Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitor. This enzyme is located in the corpus cavernosum of the penis.

PDE-5, for all intents and purposes, works to degrade erections. When men get sexually aroused, the nerves and cells in the corpus cavernosum release something called cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). And the accumulation of cGMP increases blood flow to the penis and allows an erection to occur.

However, PDEreverses that effect. It helps to bring the penis back to a flaccid state. That’s why, when PDEis inhibited, it allows the erection to occur. In fact, Viagra (Sildenafil) itself is the first ever PDEinhibitor. Since then, there have been others such as Cialis (Tadalafil) that have hit the market. All of these erectile dysfunction pills work as PDE5 inhibitors.;

Does Viagra Actually Work?

The answer to that question is quite clear. It does work. In fact, most would give you a resounding yes. But how about in younger men? Does Viagra actually work for the younger generations amongst us? Again, the answer to that question is also yes.

However, here’s the thing. Viagra doesn’t actually give you the erection. It only allows the erection to occur. You still need sexual stimulation. In fact, without sexual stimulation, Viagra or Cialis or any other ED medication won’t have much (if any) effect.

If the arteries (the “in” blood vessels) are too narrow, or if blood drains too quickly through the veins (the “out” blood vessels) then men may have trouble maintaining an erection. Viagra works by stimulating blood flow to the penis, increasing length, width, and firmness. 

However, it relies on increasing inflow, which may not work if the arteries are too narrow. Alternately, if the problem is with the veins, Viagra isn’t designed to address that side of the problem. 

It also only works when you feel sexually stimulated. 

Erectile Dysfunction in Young Men

 When Viagra originally hit the market, it was intended for a specific group of men: those who had a physical cause for their erection problems (and a severe one at that). 

Today, Viagra means something different to millennial men. While only a small minority of young men have ever actually taken drugs for erectile dysfunction, men who go to the doctor about erectile dysfunction have a certain trend in common: 

  • They’re younger
  • They’re healthier
  • They exercise more

Which seems odd, considering that the incidence of men reporting erectile dysfunction goes up considerably with age

It begs the question: how common is erectile dysfunction, in reality? To answer that (and whether you need Viagra to treat your erection problems) let’s take a closer look at what causes erectile dysfunction. 

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

If the incidence of erectile dysfunction goes up with age, then it begs the question: do young men need to worry about erectile dysfunction at all? 

Yes…depending on what other health issues they may have. 

In general, the causes of erectile dysfunction can be split into three categories: 

  1. Physical health problems
  2. Medication issues
  3. Psychological problems

Let’s take a closer look at each. 

Physical

Physical health issues are the problems which Viagra was originally designed to help. In fact, erectile dysfunction is often connected to an untreated physical problem. These include things like: 

  • Clogged blood vessels
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alcoholism or substance abuse

If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice that many of these physical problems have something in common: blood pressure levels, insulin levels, cholesterol levels, and fat levels. 

Medication Problems

However, erectile dysfunction can also be caused by problems associated with certain medications. These include: 

  • Diuretics and high blood pressure drugs (Tenex, Esidrix, Vasotec, etc.)
  • Certain antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and anti-epileptic drugs (Prozac, Zoloft, Valium, etc.)
  • Antihistamines (Benadryl, Dramamine, etc.)
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Parkinson’s disease drugs
  • Antiarrhythmics (Norpace)
  • Muscle relaxants (Flexeril and Norflex)
  • Prostate cancer medications (Eulexin and Lupron)
  • Chemotherapy drugs (Myleran and Cytoxan)

It’s worth noting, though, that even if you do have medication-related erectile dysfunction, there are certain medications that Viagra should not ever mix with. Of particular concern: drugs that combine with Viagra to cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure. Be especially wary of blood pressure medications

Psychological

But perhaps the most neglected culprit in erectile dysfunction is psychological causes. 

The brain plays a key role in triggering physical events that result in an erection, which means that if your brain is in the wrong place, you may not be able to get it up. 

Depression, anxiety, or other similar mental health conditions can often make it difficult to get or maintain an erection.  

However, mental illness isn’t always the bad guy here. Sometimes, simple stress can make it difficult to get an erection, whether that’s due to work conditions, life problems, issues in your relationship, or even a plain case of performance anxiety. 

Do You Need Viagra?

So, at this point, you’re probably wondering whether you need Viagra and if Viagra can, indeed, work wonders on your sex life. 

Those are two different questions. 

First, you need to figure out whether your erectile dysfunction is due to a health problem or, indeed, if you actually have erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of a larger problem. Do not buy Viagra without checking with your doctor about any underlying issues first–recreational use does actually have an adverse effect on otherwise healthy young men. 

If your doctor cannot find any physical reason for your erectile dysfunction, take a closer look at your mental state and your relationship (or sexual situations, if you’re not in a relationship). In the end, it may be a (relatively) simple answer. 

Remember what we said earlier: Viagra cannot help if you don’t actually want to have sex with your partner, or if you don’t feel sexually aroused.

If you don’t want to have sex with your partner or don’t feel aroused in sexual situations, it may be wise to talk to your partner and a counselor about how to address the underlying issues holding you and your partner back from a sex life you find satisfactory. 

Now, for the latter question: do you need Viagra to improve your sex life? 

Not necessarily. Men can still have earth-shattering orgasms without an erection and can, in fact, have enjoyable sex without vaginal intercourse. But if you do need a boost to enjoy intercourse, Viagra can certainly provide that. 

Helping Men Overcome Erectile Dysfunction

So, does Viagra work for young men? 

Yes, if you take it for the right reasons. 

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