What Men Want to Know about Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

What Men Want to Know about Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

ED, Viagra, Cialis, erectile dysfunction, impotence, aging sexualityIt seems to me that men, and their partners, have questions about ED drugs that aren’t readily available or maybe even easily answered? Cialis, Levitra and Viagra are the most familiar of these erectile dysfunction drugs. It is common knowledge that popping one of these pills makes it easier for men to get and sustain an erection. But that’s really about the extent of what most people know about erectile dysfunction medications.

I’ve been asked by a few women what these medications really do and that was a question I could answer. Here’s the technical answer, “Pills for erectile dysfunction (ED) are classified as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors and help increase blood flow to the penis. More specifically, these drugs increase the amount of nitric oxide in the body. The nitric oxide works with other substances to relax and open blood vessels so that blood can flow more freely, leading to a satisfactory erection.” International Society for Sexual Medicine

The simple answer-it makes his penis get hard. The drugs do not make men want more sex, or become aroused. Psychologically I suspect men feel sexier and more secure when they’ve popped one of these pills. Knowing that one’s erection might be more reliable can be a relief and allow men to think more positively about having (penetrative) sex. It has been my experience that the ability to have erections again leads to a greater sense of well-being. I found my partner to be more likely to take his time, knowing that the erection would last he seemed to relax more, and there was a sort of adolescent swagger that appeared. A delight in being hard and firm, if you will. That matches what some of the men were saying on a user site I’ve linked to a little farther down the page.

It is important to understand that simply taking an ED drug will not spontaneously result in an erection; arousal must be present. If there are issues in the relationship that might result in erectile issues, those still need to be addressed.

I talked to a male friend recently who expressed interest in knowing what men experience when they take one of these ED medications. How do they feel physically?  What happens after one takes a pill? I think he also wondered about the whole experience of intercourse while taking one of these drugs. I don’t know how to answer his questions.

There are plenty of comments from users on this site about hardness and length of time for erections. But what does it feel like? The penis, the climax, the whole experience.

Michael Castleman wrote an article about ED medications and shares some of the side effects and stats. He notes, interestingly, that older men (age not stated) are less likely to take ED drugs–positing that they have given up intercourse in favor of other sexual pleasures which are easier on both partners.

There are some common side effects–a runny nose, red face (dilated blood vessels are not just in penis), headaches. What else? What do you know? Are willing to share? I would like to hear from any of my male readers who take an ED medication. You can post anonymously in the comments or write me and I’ll share your comments anonymously in a follow-up article. Email me at walker@walkerthornton.com  Please don’t send me porn-type letters, let’s keep it clean. I’m looking for your observations on what it’s like when you’ve taken an ED medication.

Erectile Dysfunction, ED Drugs, hard-onSo, tell me how it feels, literally. Does it change the feelings you experience as you orgasm? What would you tell a friend who was about to get one of these meds? How would you describe what’s happening to a lover?


Here’s a good article on the various ED drugs available from the Harvard medical site.


Impotence image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Smiling Man (because I just had to) found at Gratisography.com

1 Comment
  • Carol Cassara (@ccassara)
    Posted at 14:15h, 23 November Reply

    I hope men will respond to your query as I’d like to know from their point of view, too!

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