What To Do When Viagra Doesn’t Work?

Introduction 

Erectile dysfunction is one such disease that most men won’t admit to. Impotence is common in men from time to time and Viagra helps such men to keep their penis erect by ensuring proper flow of blood. However, sometimes Viagra or other such medicines (Cialis, Levitra, etc.) might fail to work. There may be a variety of reasons for it and this article will cover all those reasons along with solutions that can be adopted by you. 

How does Viagra work?

Viagra works by blocking an enzyme known as PDE-5 that causes the otherwise possible erection to subside. It increases the flow of blood towards the penis that helps to make it erect. For feeling sexually aroused and for the pill to work, one must take it an hour before indulging in sexual activity.

How quickly does Viagra work?

Viagra takes approximately 30-60 minutes to work. Its effect can last up to eight hours.

Why Viagra Doesn’t Always Work?

The penis, like any other organ of the human body, requires a proper supply of blood to function the way it does. Viagra helps in this process of increasing oxygenated blood to the penis. However, sometimes it might fail to work as suggested by research.

There are a number of reasons why Viagra or other ED drugs might not work as it should. Some of them could be:

1. You’re Not Using Viagra Correctly

One reason might be that you are not taking Viagra properly. To get proper results, one must take Viagra in the following manner:

  • Do not take Viagra after having a large meal. It must be taken on an empty stomach because a meal that is rich in fats might slow down the absorption of Viagra and make it ineffective. You can either plan your meals accordingly or take Viagra after 2-3 hours of having a meal.
  • Viagra works quickly but not instantly. Therefore, it should be taken at least one hour prior to having sex. This will give time to your body to absorb Viagra and let the effects kick in.
  • Viagra remains the most effective in the first 3-4 hours. Hence, do not take it too early or the effect will start to fade soon.
  • Alcohol can also affect the performance of Viagra. One must avoid having alcohol while using Viagra because it reduces the blood flow in the human body that reduces the effectiveness of Viagra. Even the brains function to transmit and receive signals gets impaired.

2. You’re using a Low Dose of Viagra

Viagra comes in several doses ranging from 20mg to 100mg. You must consult your doctor for the right amount of dosage for you. If your current dosage of Viagra isn’t as effective as it should be, then you should ask your doctor to consider prescribing you a higher dosage of medication. 

3. You’re giving up on Viagra too early

Viagra may not always work straight away for the first time. You might want to give it some time before you give up on it. It so happens that people get scared of the side effects of Viagra and stop using it after one failure. But you should try a few times before claiming that the ‘pills never worked for me’. Viagra becomes more effective after a few doses. Try higher doses if the lower ones do not work for you. Don’t give up too early. 

4. The Cause of Your ED is Psychological, Not Physical

ED can occur either because of physical factors or psychological issues. Performance anxiety often leads to erectile dysfunction. A low supply of blood in one’s body might also be a reason for ED. Sometimes Viagra may not work because of your psychological imbalance which is why you should see a counselor or a sex therapist.

5. Your ED is caused by an Underlying Health Condition

Viagra is usually a good cure for treating ED but it might not function properly if ED is caused by some underlying health condition. The blood flow in your body can be low because of some health conditions which might lead to erectile dysfunction. Some of the reasons for ED might be diabetes, heart problem, high blood pressure, nerve damage, etc.

If you have any of these health conditions, then you should consult your doctor because Viagra might not be a cure for this kind of ED.

6. Porn is Affecting Your Sexual Performance

Watching a lot of porn may be a serious problem for getting an erection when you are in a real-life scenario. Research has several times concluded that 40% of the men with ED are of less than 40 years of age. It is because the consumption of porn contributes to dissociation with real-time sexual interaction.

 7. Viagra Isn’t the Right ED Treatment for You

Last but not the least Viagra might not be right for your sexual needs or general health. There are various replacements for Viagra available in the market. 

Taking medication might not always be the best option. You could try changing your lifestyle or try doing ED exercises.

Some of the side effects of Viagra

  • headache
  • flushing
  • upset stomach
  • abnormal vision, such as changes in color vision and blurred vision
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • back pain
  • muscle pain
  • nausea
  • dizziness

If you experience any of these side effects, you should consult a healthcare specialist.

Options when Viagra doesn’t work

There are mainly three options that you could choose from if Viagra doesn’t work for you:

1. Vacuum Erection Devices (VED)

When Viagra doesn’t work, you might consider using Vacuum Erection Devices. These devices are used to pull blood towards the penis that helps in getting an erection. However, it might not be suggested as a regular cure because it causes pain. 

2. Penile Injections 

Penile injections are a direct way to stimulate the blood flow towards the penis. It is a better and more effective way than pills. The process takes place in a confined clinic at first until the patient learns to inject himself at home. It works for most men but sometimes they get tired of the injection process.

3. Inflatable Penile Prosthesis (IPP)

IPP is an excellent choice for those who are dissatisfied with VED or penile injections. In this process, two cylinders are placed in the penis in place of the spongy tissue that generally collects blood responsible for a normal erection. A pump is placed near the scrotum which can be squeezed to obtain an erection whenever required. It has the highest rate of satisfaction despite the minimal chance of infection.  

Conclusion 

To wind up the matter, if the little blue pill (Viagra) is not working for you then you should consult your doctor about the other health conditions that you might have. If that does not do any good, then you can try either of the above-given methods. They will definitely help in reducing the symptoms of your erectile dysfunction issues.