Libido & Viagra

About a week ago I was on my way to work and as always, I had the radio on. It was just before 7am and the commercial break just before the 7am news was on. My jaw dropped when I heard what they were advertising:

Do you have a low libido? Use Viagra and get back your sex drive.

 

Alone in the car, I spoke out loud:

What the actual fuck? Viagra is to keep an erection, not to help with a low libido!

 

To me it sounded just wrong. How the hell was it allowed to mislead people with this advert? Or was it misleading? You see, here I started doubting myself. My mind told me that libido was about sex drive and Viagra was about keeping erections, but was I right? Have I understood it right? Or were the advertisers right?

I looked up some information:

Libido (source Wikipedia):

Libido, colloquially known as sex drive, is a person’s overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity.

 

Of course this confirmed what I first knew: libido is about wanting sex, about desiring it, about wanting to do it. When you have a low libido, it means you’re not interested in sex, which means you won’t get an erection. Now technically you will get an erection if you take Viagra, but what’s the use of getting an erection if you’re not interest in sex? Why would a man even do that? Okay, there might be situations where a man would do this for the woman in his life, to please her, but is that a good thing? Shouldn’t the man then rather look for the cause of his low libido instead of doing something against his will, something he doesn’t desire?

There are ways to treat it (source: WebMD):

Depending on the cause, possible treatments include:

  • Healthier lifestyle choices. Improve your diet, get regular exercise and enough sleep, cut down on the alcohol, and reduce stress.
  • Change to a new medication, if the one you’re on is affecting your libido
  • Testosterone replacement therapy
  • CounselingYour doctor may recommend therapy if the issue is psychological. In many cases, a low libido points to a desire for a closer connection with your partner — one that isn’t sexual, but still intimate. It can help to talk through these issues with a therapist, either alone or with your partner. If the issue is depression, antidepressants can help. Some of them actually lower your sex drive, though.

 

And this was in there too:

What about the meds you may have seen in TV and magazine ads, like Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra? These don’t boost libido. They help you get and keep erections.

 

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See, told you so! I knew my first feeling was right, but sometimes I doubt my own instincts (yes, I know I shouldn’t).

What really upsets me about this radio advert, is the fact that there are people out there who don’t know exactly what libido is or they don’t know exactly what Viagra does. In other words, they might hear this advert and then buy Viagra to solve their problem. In my opinion this can cause even more damage, because if someone has psychological issues about having a low libido, then take a Viagra to ‘solve’ their problem and realize that they still have no desire for sex, they just feel worse about themselves. Not to talk about the erection they have to get rid of in some or other way. Which would probably be taken care of by having sex, but they don’t really have a desire for the sex. See what I’m getting at? And who’s the winner in all this? Yes, you’ve got it: the big companies who manufacture Viagra. They benefit from their misleading advert, taking advantage of people’s weaknesses. Grrrrr… this really gets to me!

When you have a low libido and this bothers you, go speak to your doctor. Try to find the cause of your low libido and if you have to take meds, let your doctor guide you. Don’t use Viagra for it.

If you have a desire for sex and you have erection problems, yes, then Viagra is something you might want to try. However, I have no knowledge at all about Viagra other than that I know it helps to keep an erection. Therefore, before you use it, please consult a professional!

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8 thoughts on “Libido & Viagra

  1. Twigs says:

    I think this advert says a lot about our society – a presumption that medicine, a magic little pill, can solve our problems. But maybe if it breaks a cycle then it canbe good.

  2. Well, from what I understand, Viagra doesn’t v specifically give you an erection. It shows you to get and maintain one when you feel arousal. So, if you have a low libido and never desire sex, I would assume its unlikely that a sudden erection would be an issue of you never felt desire in the first place.

    But I can see it helping someone who has a low libido specifically because they have ED and arousal doesn’t usually have good results.

  3. I love how you always do your research, Marie, and I do agree with you, although I guess viagra as a one off might be ok, like paracetamol for a one-off headache, but with recurring low libido? Definitely something that needs to be looked into further. Xx

  4. It is always the big companies that profit, they don’t care if they give out misinformation if it sells products. Totally unethical

    Mollyxxx

  5. Captain says:

    The ad isn’t totally wrong. (60 year old male speaking from experience here) Even for men with low libido, the thought of sex crosses our minds occasionally. If you also have ED, a reasonable response to the thought is, “What’s the use.” You avoid the whole question of sex.
    From experience I can tell you that when a small spark of interest gives you a physical reaction “down there” it can lead to a frisson of desire. Cialis is more effective than Viagra for this because it lasts longer. You never know when your wife might give you a look that sets you off.
    Of course, you have to want to have a libido for this to work.
    If you have no interest in having an interest, no drug is going to help you.

    • Marie Rebelle says:

      Many thanks for sharing your point of view. The advert just struck me as so odd, and if they have added some of the information you share here, it might have come across better. I just felt that the way it was done, was misleading and that’s what irritated me.

  6. Advertising drives me nuts! So many companies advertise in a way to make you feel as if your life will be perfect if you only buy their product, never mind any safety, health or psychological issues the customer may have.
    Advertising was one of the main reasons I got rid of TV channels in my house years ago. I didn’t want my kids subject to all that rubbish.

  7. Amen to that. How these companies are allowed to so blatantly falsely advertise like that is beyond me.

    It’s interesting you touch on the psychological aspect of low libido, I can only imagine that Viagra would further compound those negative feelings in that circumstance.

    It really is a very irresponsible a dn cynical way of making money

    x

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