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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Viagra search on my laptop screen
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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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