Women’s Views on the Blue Diamond

By the blue diamond, I do not mean a sapphire ring. I think I could guess that many women would be 100% happy to receive a diamond ring! I mean the pill Viagra. The one that was marketed in the late 1990s and presented an oral treatment for impotence (known now as Erectile Dysfunction:- ED).

Well, I have come across a few surveys, and have conducted some closer-to-home research among my friends and colleagues.

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Image courtesy of [David Castillo Dominici] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The main view of female partners (and one male partner) of men who are taking Viagra is that it is a positive thing. But perhaps a little strangely it is not because it enables their partner to enter them and have full intercourse; it’s because of the change in attitude of their men. Yes, a few women said that they could once again achieve orgasm- something that had been denied to them when their partners suffered from ED. But others said that it just made their partners so much more happy, cheerful, confident and content. Some said it was like turning back the clock to shortly after marriage, when sex was a regular on the agenda, and when their husbands made them feel wanted and desired. They said that their man seemed more attentive to them, relieved that the problem of ED had been curbed, and eager to shower gratitude and even gifts on their wives and partners because of the re-birth of their virility and manhood.

There was a darker side. A few older women complained that since they had experienced the menopause, they had largely gone off of sex, and therefore feared that their newly re-rampant men would start to look somewhere else to show off their Viagra-fuelled eagerness for sex if they failed to show enthusiasm for having sexual activity. However of those women that initially felt that way, some had therapy and/or treatment at the doctors to make sure that they too could join in and enjoy their man’s desire for sex.

Many women said that even though their man’s ED could be attributed to stress at work, tiredness, and sometimes alcohol, the drug made a difference and could cut through tiredness and even a few glasses of beer or wine, and allow the penis to become erect and be useful in sexual engagement. On the stress-related front, while the stress could be caused by factors such as worry about financial issues, health or work, women said that the stress became much worse when ED began to rear its head (or not as the case probably was!) Once the drug had been used to treat ED, that gave the man confidence, bolstered his ego, and that part of the stress fell away. In some cases, the re-engagement in intimacy and sexual activity actually dealt a body-blow to other stress-related issues, putting them in perspective, and allowing them to be dealt with in a calm and confident way. I bet the manufacturers of Viagra hadn’t anticipated that positive effect!

A Girl’s Guide to Erectile Dysfunction

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When you got married, it was all he could do to keep his hands off of you. After you had kids, you may not have had a lot of time for sex, but when you did…wowza! Now, your kids have left the nest, and all of the sudden, its just not what it used to be. When a man suddenly withdraws from being intimate, it can feel like a personal blow. We all get older, and of course, things don’t sit as high as they used to, but you still find him attractive. Did he lose interest in you?

Erectile Dysfunction: What it is and why it matters

Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition that is caused by any number of physical or psychological factors, none of which involve your level of attractiveness. ED affects more than 30 million men in the US and almost 70% of those patients are between the ages of 50 and 70. For a host of different reasons, patients with erectile dysfunction are not getting or are not able to maintain an erection.

It matters because it can change the way a man feels about himself, pretty dramatically. Some women are not able to get pregnant, despite the fact that they had always envisioned bearing children. When they find out they are infertile, it can make them feel as though they are not a whole woman. Erectile dysfunction can have the same effect on a man.

What You Can Do to Help

No doubt, this is going to be one of those trying times in your relationship. Millions of relationships have weathered this storm, and you can, too. Here are some tips for how to do it.

  • You are probably both feeling insecure, so in order to move forward, you need to take steps to rebuild both of your self esteems. Take care of yourself first. When you know you are putting your best self forward, it is easier to weather what may feel like rejection from him.
  • Second, make real efforts to buffer his confidence. Compliment him, touch him, allow him to help you with things that you need. When the act of sex is not an option for bonding, you need to make sure you are finding ways to bond outside of the bedroom.
  • Be open and honest about how you are affected by his symptoms. Many times, men are hoping you don’t notice, and don’t want to take action to get treatment, because it will draw attention to it.

But don’t force him to deal with it. Let him come to terms with it on his own, and support whatever decision he makes in dealing with it. Whether he wants to try Cialis or Viagra or buy cheap Levitra online, let him know that you are behind him. In many cases, therapy is effective if both partners join in the treatment, so it is important that he knows you are behind him 100 percent.

Erectile Dysfunction Causes

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There are many conditions that can negatively impact your life, but none can be more damaging to your personal life than erectile dysfunction. This condition affects men of all ages and can become a real annoyance if not treated properly. There are many reasons why this condition can begin to develop in men, because male sexual arousal is a very complex and intricate process. Simply being turned on doesn’t happen easily. This process involves not only the brain, but also hormones, nerves, muscles and the contraction of blood vessels. Since so many components are involved in the male arousal process, one problem can lead to this common condition of dysfunction.

Once this condition becomes apparent, things can make it worse like stress and mental health issues. So the only way to really experience relief and arousal is to try a prescription drug that is designed to combat this condition. Viagra is the most common drug, but Tadalafil and Vardenafil  are other drugs that produce results. These drugs work to allow the arousal process to work effectively and result in a long lasting erection. Therefore, these drugs can bring joy back into your life and remove unnecessary stress caused by this unpleasant arousal condition.

Even small physical problems can hinder your sexual response and make an erection unattainable without the help of a prescription drug. These arousal problems only become more noticeable once anxiety and stress inhibit your natural response. The physical causes that are most often linked with this condition include heart disease, clogged arteries, cholesterol issues, high blood pressure and diabetes. Obesity has also been shown as a link in men that suffer from this type of dysfunctional condition.

Since the brain very important in the arousal process, it is important to limit your daily stresses to ensure that proper erection is achieved. However, these prescription drugs can be used to correct your anxiety issues and provide results that are optimal. It is important to correct this condition before symptoms worsen to ensure that a prescription drug will effectively correct your arousal issues.

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You should only begin using these prescription drugs under the guidance of a healthcare professional. It is also important to only use one prescription drug at a time, because increased doses can be detrimental to your health. These prescription drugs really work and should be the first option for individuals experiencing erection difficulties due to physical problems.

What is Levitra?



Levitra is a prescription medication for male erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment. The active ingredient in Levitra is Vardenafil. It belongs to a class of drugs called PDE5 inhibitors. Levitra increases blood flow to the penis, which helps a man gain and sustain an erection during sex. Levitra’s active ingredient Vardenafil works by creating a reaction within the penis during physical stimulation, when the corpus cavernosa; two large chambers in the male’s penis fill with blood, resulting in an erection. The drug widens these chambers allowing blood to flow causing an erection and encouraging the maintaining of that erection until sexual activity has finished or the effect of the drug wears off in a few hours. In more detail, when a male is sexually aroused, nitric oxide is released into his penis. Nitric oxide triggers a chain of reactions and it makes an enzyme which will produce a chemical known as cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). cGMP regulates the contraction (shrinking) and dilation (expansion) of blood vessels that carry blood to and from the penis.

Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5), another enzyme which breaks down cGMP and stops it working. When cGMP is destroyed the blood vessels return to their normal size, effectively ending the erection. This is where Levitra steps in. The active ingredient, Vardenafil, inhibits (ie prevents) PDE5 degradation (destruction) of cGMP. Therefore it prolongs cGMP’s function. In other words, it helps prolong an erection. Provided sexual stimulation continues then Levitra will maintain the penile erection for the duration of sexual activity and intercourse, stopping at the conclusion of sexual activity (usually ejaculation)

Levitra is a round orange tablet and is available in 2.5, 5, 10, and 20 mg doses. Most patients start on 10 mg. Patients should take Levitra about 30 minutes before sex, and should not have more than one tablet every 24 hours. Its effect will last from 3-5 hours- but this will depend on the individual’s constitution- no men are all the same. It works well with food and even a little alcohol, but fatty foods and increased amounts of alcohol will cause Levitra to take longer to work, and may reduce its effectiveness.

It is important to discuss your taking Levitra (or any other ED oral treatment) with a qualified clinician. Levitra can cause a serious and dangerous drop in blood pressure (hypotension) if it is taken with some other prescription medications (particularly those containing nitrates).



Many men experience no side effects with Levitra, but where they are experienced they are usually mild. The most common side effects include a stuffy or runny nose, headache, stomach upset, dizziness, and facial flushing. In most cases, these side effects disappear within a few hours. Very rare side effects may include priapism (erection lasts more than four hours, which can damage the penis. Consequently anyone experiencing priapism should seek medical attention),

For those who are interested in the history of Levitra, it was a drug manufactured after the first ED oral treatment, Viagra, came onto the market in the mid 1990s. Vardenafil was initially a co-marketing arrangement between three pharmaceutical companies – Bayer, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and Schering Plough (today part of Merck and Co.) – under the trade name Levitra. GSK returned co-promotion rights to Bayer in many territories outside the USA. Levitra, along with Viagra and Cialis is now well-established as a safe treatment for ED when used under clinical supervision or after clinical consultation.