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The Blue Pill and Men: Master or Monster

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To buy or to bury is the big question in feeling great or via the gate

Viagra is a brand-name prescription that is often approved in several countries to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), a condition that affects several men. An erectile dysfunction occurs when a man can’t get, or fails to retain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. In many instances, the ability to get or retain an erection can be a sign of a physical or psychological condition. Psychological factors include stress, poor relationship strain and low self-confidence, while physiological and medical conditions include illness, particularly heart condition or diabetes. Overuse of tobacco can also restrict blood flow to the veins and arteries, thus causing chronic health conditions that in turn lead to erectile dysfunction. There are other predisposing factors such as being overweight, especially if the person is obese. Normally, the power of an erection, that is, the intensity or hardness tends to decrease as one gets older.

An erectile dysfunction occurs when a man can’t get, or fails to retain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. In many instances, the ability to get, or retain an erection can be a sign of a physical or psychological condition. Therefore, persons who suffer from erectile dysfunction should seek a medical evaluation for any underlying physical and psychological conditions.

Most people ask about the origin of Viagra. Sildenafil citrate is a drug which was put into the test for treatment of hypertension. While it failed to adequately control abnormally high blood pressure, it was noted that many patients taking the pills happens to be impotent reported improved erections. This revolutionalized its clinical use to the management of ED. It is popularly known by several names including ‘Viagra’, ‘Kamagra’, ‘Blue Pill’, ‘Vitamin V’ or the ‘Pill.’ The inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse is a major concern for many men especially depending on age. Erectile dysfunction is not the same as impotence. This is because while impotence is used to describe problems that interfere with sexual intercourse and reproduction, impotence refers to a lack of sexual desire and problems associated with orgasm or ejaculation while erectile dysfunction is more specific to a man’s inability to achieve or maintain an erection.

Unfortunately, most men do not know what to do if they are unable to maintain an erection or ejaculate. Even much more pertinent are ways to seek help or assistance. Again, there are the jokes that pass among men such as the ‘dog that can’t bite’ or worse still the ‘dog that barks but cannot bite’. The talk is then extended to the dog in the manger, a reference to a dog that hinders cows from getting into the manger yet it neither consumes cow food nor hay for that matter. The implication is interpreted to mean that the man is ‘useless.’ This further affects men’s self-esteem and is a most dreaded moment. It is a fact that all men often have trouble from time to time maintaining erection. Millions of men face this problem in the short-term, or long-term. It can also be perchance, especially if one is ill, stressed or anxious. Thus, a single or few occurrences isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm unless it develops into a habit. However, if erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, it can and does cause stress, affects the man’s self-confidence and esteem.

If you or your friend or colleague is concerned about erectile dysfunction, talk to a qualified medical doctor. Unfortunately, most men are embarrassed to talk about it. Yet, facing the problem is important since it can enable the person obtain timely treatment including for underlying health condition or psychological issues. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed.

Problems of getting or keeping an erection might also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs urgent treatment and is risk factor for heart diseases. Additionally, the failure to get or keep an erection heavily contributes to relationship problems especially when the wife becomes suspicious and blames the man of infidelity. The worst part of it is that most men are embarrassed to talk about it and disclose to their wives, doctors, friends or colleagues that they are unable to rise up to the occasion, or as most men put it, to ‘raise the flag.’ Thus, you hear men or ‘the boys’ making fun that the flag is ‘half-mast’ or the gun is not ‘cocking’ and hence a gun that is unable to shoot.

Empty magazine – Enter the dragon, slaying the messenger or message

There are several signs that are indicative of erectile dysfunction. They include reduced sexual desire, persistent trouble getting an erection, and trouble keeping an erection. While a doctor is best placed to conduct a diagnosis and start treatment for the erectile problem, most men turn to close friends and colleagues for a ‘quick fix’ to this rather embarrassing problem and unbecoming behaviour of a gun or spear that can no longer go to war. This is what leads some men to various herbal medicines and of course to the blue pill, Viagra. Some men have died in the ‘line of battle’(or it in the line of duty) where they are reported to have died under unclear circumstances in their search for the ‘honey pot’. Several men have been reported to have collapsed after they were done with the ‘business’, in the house or enroute from the ‘love pot’. A major question to ask in all this is who is to blame for the unfortunate incidence especially when they have turned fatal leding to death.

A person should seek the help of a qualified medical doctor if they are concerned about their overall health. This includes aspects such as failed erections or when experiencing other sexual problems such as premature or delayed ejaculation. It is also advisable to visit the doctor as one gets older, 50 years, when one has diabetes, heart disease or other known health conditions that might be linked to personal health and of course, erectile dysfunction. This also applies to other symptoms other than, and along with ED.

Viagra is approved for use by males aged 18 years and above suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED). It contains a drug that works by increasing blood flow to the penis, which in turn helps a man to have and keep an erection. But there is a catch-22; the drug only works if one is able to be sexually aroused.

Viagra comes in form of tablets that are taken orally. In most cases, it should be taken about an hour before sexual activity, but it can be taken 30 minutes to 4 hours beforehand. Viagra is often available in three strengths, that is, 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg.

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The road or load: Does Viagra work?

“The blue pill is a performance enhancement drug prescribed by doctors after a clinical examination of the patient to ascertain their ability to handle it. Most men do not seek the services of medical doctors and hence, the drug is self-prescribed leading to serious consequences and death of several men.”

A man who finds it challenging to rise to the occasion is definitely looking for a solution. In many instances, such a person could be searching for a quick solution. This is because erectile dysfunction often triggers feelings of low self-esteem and can lead to depression. This is because the man feels he is now an ‘outsider’ and as most males put it, he is unable to play in his own game and in his own cot, and thus reduced to a spectator role. The partner also suffers psychologically, including emotional fall-out. A woman may feel inadequate or rejected, that is, she might feel like ‘the man does not want me or I am not good enough or attractive to him. She may also think that there is something that she is not doing right, including her attractiveness or as one woman told us, ‘not performing as expected.’ These strong feelings are both frustrating and embarrassing moments and can, in turn lead to anxiety and suspicion as the man may suspect his wife of getting sexually satisfied elsewhere. Thus, once again, there is need for a workable solution found in Viagra. So, does Viagra really work? And the answer is yes, it does, and no it can be disastrous for some. Viagra has been found to be effective in treating ED in several cases. Nonetheless, it has been tragic on several occasions leading to serious consequences, including instant death of several men. In cases where it has been used as prescribed and effective, the drug has recorded an improved ability to have and keep erections that allow for successful and satisfying sex. This is estimated at almost a half of the cases.

What happens and why and when does it turn tragic? It depends on the type and dosage of Viagra used. First, there are the generic versions of Viagra currently available. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand name medication. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. Generics tend to cost less than brand name drugs. Secondly, there is the prescription. In many cases, the drug is purchased over the counter and people prescribe for themselves. Thirdly, Viagra is a drug. As with most drugs, some people can have an allergic reaction after taking Viagra. Moreover, most drugs have side effects especially when misused or when taken without a doctor’s prescription. For example, Viagra can cause mild or serious side effects, but still, some people prescribe it for themselves without consulting a doctor. Yet, it is important to seek advice, including seeking for more information on the possible side effects of Viagra from a qualified medical doctor or pharmacist. Besides, doctors and pharmacists can give you tips on how to deal with any side effects that may be othersome.

Always seek advice, including seeking for more information on the possible side effects of any drug from a qualified doctor or pharmacist. Besides, doctors and pharmacists can give you tips on how to deal with any side effects that may be bothersome. Most of these side effects may disappear within a few days or a couple of weeks. Always seek advice when you experience severe side effects of any drug. Call a doctor right away.

Most of these side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. But once again, erectile dysfunction is something men, in their more traditional masculinity would want to keep a big secret. Therefore, many do not seek advice even when they experience certain side effects as a result of using Viagra. Further, many people do not know what to do when they experience more severe side effects of the drug. Additionally, they hide with such discomfort rather than consulting a doctor right away. Viagra can temporarily lower your blood pressure after taking it. But this isn’t a problem for most people. However, a sudden drop in your blood pressure could be dangerous if you have certain underlying heart conditions. Sudden low blood pressure may also be detrimental if you’re taking certain other medications. For example, you shouldn’t take Viagra if you are taking nitrate medications to treat chest pain and certain other drugs. That is why you should consult a doctor. This is because these medications can affect other conditions such as your blood pressure, leading to heart attack or stroke. For example, if someone has low blood pressure, taking Viagra could lead to dizziness or fainting. This is also the same when one combines the pill with certain drugs used to treat high blood pressure. If you feel dizzy or faint after taking Viagra, call your doctor. In the meantime, lie down until this feeling passes or the doctor arrives. If you have any underlying conditions such as heart problem or low blood pressure, kindly talk with your doctor and find out whether Viagra is safe for you.

Slaying the Dragon:

Making hay while the sun shines: Prevention is better than cure

It is important to note that many males and females continue to be sexually active even over the age of 70 years. Indeed, 70% of men and 80% of females are still sexually active over 70, though erectile dysfunction does get more likely as one gets older. However, both men and women can – and do – have problems that affect their sex lives. This is linked to the deterioration to the blood vessels that carry blood to the penis, and also to the deterioration of heart or brain arteries. In addition, some may have lost interest in sex, while others are unable to maintain an erection due to certain physical conditions, while others experience premature ejaculation. The best way to prevent erectile dysfunction is to make healthy lifestyle choices and to manage any existing health conditions. For example, it is important to work with your doctor to manage

diabetes, heart disease or other chronic health conditions. It is also important to talk to your doctor and ensure that you undergo regular check-ups and medical screening tests. It is advisable to stop smoking, limit or altogether avoid alcohol, and use of illegal drugs. It is recommended to exercise regularly as well as take steps to reduce stress. Overall, get help for anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns.

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Dr. Geoffrey Wangohttps://counsel-lingmagazine.co.ke/
Many people often ask me about my personal stand, my passion in life and how I got into Counselling Psychology and why in particular the establishment and writing in their favourite publication, The Counsel-ling Magazine. Colleagues and students, participants in various seminars and others suggested that I should include some information that would assist clients, practitioners and students to perhaps establish a career, or even assess and evaluate their ethical, moral and professional standards. Well, this allows for personal reflection and I feel it wise to include a few remarks about my fervour on counselling, mentoring and education as well as various aspects of life.
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