Finding yourself in that situation is so delicate, because satisfying a sexual partner is something most people will usually admit having a certain difficulty with – now imagine not even being able to try. So since it was discovered in the middle 1990s Viagra has been managing to cause a huge positive change on these people’s lives, and – could be argued – in society life’s in general, as the sexual health of the citizens certainly must have an impact on the overall health of a people.
This way, the advantages and positive sides of Viagra are quite hard to argue against. It’s hard to barely fathom how much of a difference being able to have sex again, after you struggled with it for a while, or, certainly in the cases of many, have even lost hope of ever being able to do it again.
One thing that is not talked about as often is how complicated a position someone might find themselves after they start taking Viagra – or in order to even start taking it. The fears and insecurities, the social stigma, the real risks, stemming from expected side-effects, to rare ones, or even down to some unsettling, uncertain suspicions that scientists are still trying to verify – all of those will be pressing on your mind, when you go out to try and solve a situation that certainly wasn’t comfortable to begin with.
Possibly the most remarkable and bizarre of all between those is the fact that sildenafil, the active substance present in a Viagra pill, can affect your body in a way that make your see everything blue. You would wake up one day thinking that either you and everyone around you have become a character on the old cartoon The Smurfs, or that the members of your family all suddenly decided to join the performance artists Blue Men Group! But what is doing all that is just the small pill you took to make your penis respond when it wasn’t able to.
Now if that is not, erm, a very hard situation already for you, there are also cases of men who had to withstand a constant erection for several days. Imagine having to go to work, help your friends move their furniture around, or visit your poor old sick grandma – with that thing constantly sticking out and no way to possibly bring it back down.
Also there have been cases in which some doctors and scientists believed the use of Viagra was making certain patients behave differently. Either suddenly becoming violent people, or displaying suicidal thoughts when they never had any suggestions of that type of feelings before.
So you have all these weird – and certainly most uncomfortable! – cases concerning the medication. That doesn’t even touch the complications people can go through just to acquire the product, in countries like Australia where regulation over the medication is quite steep. In those cases, we will see users buying very shady products, either on the black market for it that thrives in cities like Sidney, or an alleged version of sildenafil that is made in India and sold all over the world with no formal verification whatsoever, called Kamagra. There is also a plethora of websites announcing Viagra specifically for Australian buyers, which promise deliveries to their country for a much cheaper price than they would normally get. Some of these sites offer it without even any prescription, or claim to be able to sell them legally through an internationally valid prescription given by their teams of doctors. It’s an entirely bizarre world, opening its door right at the face of people already dealing with a strange and unsettling situation.
So while most of us imagine that suffering from erectile dysfunction and needing a medication probably consists in hopping down to the store and get a pill that gives you back all the stamina you were missing, quite often that is not the case at all. You are in for a wild ride all full of quirky adventures and unexpected discoveries. In a way, Viagra, and the world surround it, find even more ways to bring excitement and discoveries to its users’ lives than just giving them their erections back.
General Practitioner. I worked in hospitals in Melbourne and Sydney.