What Should I Know About Sexual Enhancement Drugs?
First of all, it’s important to understand some of the basics about sexual dysfunction. Sexual dysfunction can affect both men and women. It is also common. Many men and women will experience some degree of sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives, and it becomes increasingly common as we age.
What Is Sexual Dysfunction in Men?
In men, sexual dysfunction refers to issues such as decreased desire, difficulty obtaining and/or maintaining an erection, and a variety of problems with ejaculation, ranging from premature ejaculation to the inability to ejaculate. Of these, difficulty obtaining or maintaining an erection (
What’s Available to Treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in Men?
There are different medications available to treat erectile dysfunction. Some examples are
Who Shouldn’t Use Medications for Erectile Dysfunction?
Men who have had a
What’s Sexual Dysfunction in Women?
In women, sexual dysfunction can take the form of decreased sexual desire or libido, difficulty becoming sexually aroused, decreased sexual enjoyment, inability to have an orgasm, abnormal vaginal muscular contractions (
What’s Available to Treat Sexual Dysfunction in Women?
There are no medications currently approved specifically for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction. Research is ongoing in this area. There has been research to find out if Viagra is effective for women, however the results are mixed. Studies have shown that sex therapy appears to be effective in addressing symptoms of sexual dysfunction.
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