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Will Viagra increase my libido?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Viagra will give you an erection, but it won't give you motivation for the motion, so to speak. Not only doesn't it affect sexual desire, you need to be able to be sexually aroused for the drug to work. Here's a little bedroom chemistry: When you become sexually aroused, your brain sends signals to your penis where cells start producing nitric oxide, a messenger chemical that tells your smooth muscle cells: Relax! This allows blood to fill and engorge the penis. Viagra and other phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors help with blood flow, but they don't act on your brain to sexually simulate you. If you're having arousal problems, see your doctor who'll draw some blood to determine if you're low on testosterone, the libido hormone. Replacing what you don't have can often bring back that loving' feeling.
  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Viagra (sildenafil) does not increase libido (the desire for sex); it enhances a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection when he is sexually stimulated. However, if a man frequently experiences erectile dysfunction (ED), he may become so anxious about his sexual performance that he may avoid physical intimacy. Treating ED can restore a man’s confidence, help him relax and enable him to enjoy sex with his partner again.
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