Young people turn Viagra into booster sexual performances!

Viagra comes in the form of a small blue pill that normally helps erectile dysfunction in some men. Today, it seems to be very popular among some young people, who use it more recreationally than for medical problems. A practice not without risks …

A blue pill and you're done. For many young males in search of virility, viagra serves as a miracle recipe. This drug, which a team of American researchers discovered "by chance" while trying to cure angina of breasts, was celebrating its 20th birthday on Wednesday. The opportunity to return to the evolutions of its use. Several studies have shown that young people are increasingly using this drug to increase their sexual performance. Its medical use is constantly decreasing.

Viagra, a democratized practice

Taking viagra has gradually lost its taboo dimension, becoming an increasingly common practice. Many people thought that the use of this medicine was mostly about old people. In 1999, a British study showed that some young people resorted to it. In 2012, other results showed that 8% of Americans around the age of 22 were using this product, including 6% without a prescription.

Many marketing efforts have democratized the consumption of viagra. The communication strategy around the drug has gradually evolved, not presenting it as a solution to "sexual impotence", but to "erectile dysfunction". A way to minimize the severity of the pathology. The price of the pill, meanwhile, has been divided by 15 in 20 years. The introduction of a generic drug has also favored its marketing at a reduced price.

Porn and lack of self-confidence

The reasons for the consumption of viagra in young people are multiple. Many scientists cite a "lack of confidence of young men in their sexual capacity". The rise of pornography also carries the model of men having a particularly long erection, young people seek to comply.

Christopher Harte and Cindy Meston, two psychologists at the University of Texas, showed in a study that young men's expectations often exceeded their natural sexual performance. It leads them to "experience as an 'ideal' erection an erection that is noticeably firmer and more prolonged thanks to the drug," explain the researchers. This habit leads them to distort the perception of erections without drugs as suboptimal.

Viagra, a risk medication

The use of viagra is not without consequence. In young people, it is likely to lead to a loss of confidence in their natural ability to erect without the drug. As a result, the natural erection capacity itself decreases because it is directly related to psychological conditions. The young men may then enter a vicious circle, and further increase the intake of the drug.

In addition, the consumption of this pill can become a real addiction. Dr. Alain Ducardonnet, health specialist, explained on BFMTV: "the problem comes from performance games", when people "take two, three, up to four pills" to "increase the duration and quality of erection ". The risk of the drug comes from not respecting doses. An overdose has high cardiovascular risks. So, always ready to race blue pills?

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