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Viagra, the NFL, and Erectile Dysfunction

By Chass Armstrong

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We’ve all seen those commercials. You know the ones, they depict a happy couple, a little blue pill, and they make big promises to help enhance your love life by helping to eliminate your erectile dysfunction. Though this blog isn’t here to discredit the effectiveness of erectile dysfunction pills, it will however point out the side effects, other uses of said drugs, and more natural alternatives.

Sure, Viagra, Cialis or any other ED pill will probably help you with your erectile dysfunction, but at what cost? Let’s start with the minor side effects:

  • Facial Flushing
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Nasal Congestion

Sounds mild enough, but in some cases, these symptoms were also reported:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Inability to differentiate colors (especially green and blue)
  • Temporary loss of hearing
  • Ringing in ears
  • Dizziness

Granted, that doesn’t occur in every user, but for some it may not be worth the risk to get the reward. Along with those side effects, ED pills (Viagra has been especially noted) have also been used as a performance enhancer by athletes in the NFL.

NFL Wide Receiver, Brandon Marshal is quoted as saying, “it is such a competitive league — guys try anything just to get that edge…I’ve heard [of] guys using like Viagra, seriously.”

But why Viagra? They wouldn’t need that sort of performance enhancement on the field, so why take a drug that is meant to help maintain erections? Well according to an article in NY Times, “Viagra was devised to treat pulmonary hypertension which is essentially just high blood pressure in the lungs and heart. It did this by opening the blood vessels allowing blood to flow more freely. The same principle is applied to the blood vessels in the penis for impotent men. That being said, increasing blood flow to muscles and increasing cardio output can be a huge advantage or athletes.”

So though Viagra type drugs were initially created to treat hypertension, they are also used as a performance enhancer and happen to help with ED. They also carry the risk of side effects. That doesn’t sound like it’s worth it.

As an alternative, there is always the penis pump. They are safe, natural, and don’t care the same health risks that erectile dysfunction pills carry. Luckily for you, we carry them! If you are interested in a penis pump and curious as to how your insurance can help you cover it or have any other questions, please feel free to give us a call at 888-345-1780, or contact us on the web. We look forward to hearing from you!

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