Viagra? Consult physician first

Consult a physician before taking Viagra: Sexologists
– By Saumya Bhatia

The National Association of Sexology (India) recently organised a workshop on “Recent Advances in Sexology in India” at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The workshop was attended by sexologists, psychologists, cardiologists who spoke on topics ranging from Viagra to erectile dysfunction, cardiology and sex, and problems of marriages.

Talking abut the popular drug Viagra, Dr Poonam Gulati, a urologist with the Max Medicentre, said, “Viagra cannot increase a person’s desire to have sex. Viagra can increase performance but it should be bought after consulting a physician. I personally don’t prescribe Viagra to my patients without doing a checklist. Unfortunately, the Indian version of Viagra is readily available at chemist shops which could be risky.”

Dr Gulati further explained that Sildenafil (Viagra) should be tried for at least six times before warding it off just because it is not showing any results. Sexual stimulation is essential and Viagra does not worsen the cardiac profile of a patient.

Though men between the age of 40 and 55, usually experience a phenomenon similar to the female meno-pause, called andropause. Unlike women, men do not have a clear-cut signs as the cessation of menstruation to mark this transition. Both, however, are distinguished by a drop in hormone levels. Estrogen in the female, testosterone in the male. The bodily changes occur gradually in men and may be accompanied by changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive and physical agility. And andropause is the reason why men reach for Viagra as when a woman undergoes menopause, male esteem suffers.

A lot of sex-related myths were busted at the workshop. “Men have to perform in bed” is a myth. In reality, great sex is an adult’s play. Mr Alok Tomar, editor, Senior India magazine said, “The advent of Viagra has generated a lot of curiosity among the young generations. What everybody must know is that Viagra should only be used if prescribed by the doctor.”

Speaking on “Problems of recent marriages,” Dr M.C. Watsa, a consultant sexologist and director Medikon Sexual Science, Mumbai, explained that 80 per cent of medical cases are related to pre-mature ejaculations and heart problems. “In my practice, however, it still involves marriage and family. When a couple comes to me, I advise them to follow the four T’s, which are trust, time, touch and talk, that help in the identification of the problem.”

Virginity is another important issue for several men today. What needs to be clarified is that it’s not necessary that a girl has to bleed the first time she has sexual intercourse. Men fail to grasp this simple logic that there can be other reasons for the absence of hymen — use of tampons, horse riding or if a girl is heavily into sports. “A man has to be mature or else a trivial issue like virginity can ruin a marriage. The society needs to change its attitude,” added Dr Watsa.

Interestingly, the point of view of a lawyer was revealing when she said that most divorce cases filed by women pertain to the attitude of their mother-in-law, who cannot see both husband, wife spending time together. There is a need to understand that if sexual relationships are important for their daughters, it’s equally important for the daughter-in-laws too.

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