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Old 06-18-2008, 10:18 AM   #1
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More Men 18-30 Are Using Viagra

I like this comment someone posted on the CBS site "So sad that males feel they always have to have it and perform in order to be considered real men. Viagra perpetrates this myth. Men should stop relying on their appendage to make them feel as though they''re functioning optimally" I think it's sad too. Viagra is a drug, not candy. Are they getting it from a doctor? I don't think so.


Is "Sex" Making Young Men Anxious?

NEW YORK, June 18, 2008(CBS) Are the more demanding, powerful modern women out of the "Sex and the City" playbook so intimidating and threatening that a growing number of younger men are using Viagra and similar medications to help them cope?

Many therapists say it's happening -- more and more men aged 18-30 using "the little blue pill" and other drugs of its ilk to deal with performance anxiety stemming from the nature of the women they're dating.

The men say today's empowered women are very vocal about what they want in terms of intimacy, creating pressure that's leading to problems in the boudoir.

And, the therapists report, the overexposure of perfectly-proportioned and functioning male models in advertising, Web porn and elsewhere, which can create unrealistic fantasies, isn't helping any, either -- making men feel even more insecure.

"Absolutely," one young women on a Manhattan street told CBS News, "I think women know what they want, and are able to really speak their minds. And it's a fabulous thing!"

"Definitely," said another. "Girls do talk about their sexual lives and what they want in relationships more and more."

And a young man observed that, "There's more pressure on it these days."

On The Early Show Wednesday, sex therapist, Dr. Judy Kuriansky, author of "Generation Sex," told co-anchor Harry Smith, "Guys are threatened. They're threatened. They can't take the powerful woman. ... They want the woman who is powerful, but they're threatened by her."

But relationship expert Steve Santagati, author of "The Manual," was having none of it. "Any guy who's gonna be intimidated by a strong woman -- she's not gonna be interested in, anyways," he said. ... "The characters in 'Sex and the City' -- the average guy does not look at these women as powerful. We look at powerful women as the doctors, the lawyers, the writers -- that kind of woman. These women are just high-maintenance, that's all. Men are not emasculated by strong women if they're a real man in the first place."

His advice? "Don't medicate if you're under 80!"
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Wait, so we're blaming women for this one, too? Please.

Besides, anyone who needs a little pill to get it up for me is someone I don't want, anyways...

One more thing... It infuriates me, that men can get this stuff like candy, meanwhile most insurance providers do not cover birth control. So it's basically saying if you're a man "have at it, fuck your brains out!" but if you're a woman you don't really need a pill to protect yourself from getting pregnant, "just be a good girl and don't have sex at all". Ridiculous.
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Wait, so we're blaming women for this one, too? Please.

Besides, anyone who needs a little pill to get it up for me is someone I don't want, anyways...

One more thing... It infuriates me, that men can get this stuff like candy, meanwhile most insurance providers do not cover birth control. So it's basically saying if you're a man "have at it, fuck your brains out!" but if you're a woman you don't really need a pill to protect yourself from getting pregnant, "just be a good girl and don't have sex at all". Ridiculous.
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i will say that because some men can't get it up at certain points doesn't mean that they can't get it up for you ... it can be a fickle thing and things like stress, alcohol, depression, etc., can all affect how effective Junior can be.

but, anyway ...
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Psychology Today

Erection Reform
The hidden risks of recreational Viagra.

By: Jay Dixit


No one uses Lipitor recreationally. People aren't cramming into the bathroom stalls of nightclubs, combining it with cocaine and saying, "I'm doing Lipitor tonight, trying to see if I can get my cholesterol all the way down."

But recreational use becomes an issue, explains Steven Lamm, a clinical assistant professor at New York University, with any drug that improves performance. And that includes Viagra, the little blue pill that enhances the quality, hardness, and duration of an erection, as well as the ability to achieve a new erection following ejaculation. And as such, it holds a special appeal for anyone whose sexual performance is impaired for any reason.

As it turns out, this is a lot of people. "Viagra is to the drug world what Britney Spears is to pop music: Nobody will admit to actually being a fan, but somebody is buying all those albums," says Jayson Gallaway, author of Diary of a Viagra Fiend. "Somebody is buying $570 million worth of Viagra each year, and it's not just Bob Dole." When you factor in the numbers for Levitra and Cialis, chances are you know several people who routinely use ED pills of one type or another.

The problem isn't that Viagra is going to kill you, explains Lamm. The drug itself is safe. The problem is that many people who buy Viagra online or on the street and think they're using it recreationally are actually using it therapeutically, oblivious to why they need it in the first place. "A guy doesn't just get it into his head to pop some Viagra," says Lamm. "He's probably had a failure. And if you're having a failure, it doesn't mean you need to pursue recreational use. It means you need a time out."

For a man who's popping Viagra recreationally, the real question is why he needs it in the first place. Is it a problem with his health? Or is it a problem with his relationship? Like any drug that suppresses a symptom, Viagra can mask an underlying medical issue, such as heart disease or cardiovascular disease, a sleep disorder, or the fact that other prescription medications are interfering with sexual function. And for a healthy young man erectile failure may be an issue because he's a chronic marijuana smoker, a cocaine user, or an alcoholic.

The solution is to make men understand that sexual performance tends to be a barometer of overall health. A healthy performance level means being able to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for intercourse. "We expect every man to be able to do this daily if he wanted to, maybe even more than once a day, depending on his age," says Lamm. "If you have the time, you have nothing else to do, you have the proper receptacle, be my guest."

But if sexual performance is impaired, it's probably an indicator that something else is wrong. "When a man stops the smoking, achieves a normal body weight, loses the gut, stops the marijuana, reduces alcohol, and gets proper sleep, all of those things are going to diminish the need for Viagra," says Lamm.

Another problem is that when used recreationally, Viagra is often combined with street drugs such as cocaine, meth, or ecstasy, which inhibit judgment. "Engaging in risky sexual behavior—such as unprotected sex with high-risk partners—is one of the chief side-effects of any street stimulant," explains Galloway. "But an equally powerful side-effect is the inability to perform sexually, which, while frustrating as hell, has probably prevented a lot of disease transmission and unwanted children."

But Viagra gives men the ability to engage in risky sex during periods of impaired judgment. "Viagra enables junkies to breed unchecked," says Galloway. "I suspect there are many men with somewhat checkered pharmaceutical pasts who now think temporary chemically induced impotence might have been a good thing after all."

Psychology Today Online, 11 April 2008
Last Reviewed 4 Jun 2008
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One more thing... It infuriates me, that men can get this stuff like candy, meanwhile most insurance providers do not cover birth control. So it's basically saying if you're a man "have at it, fuck your brains out!" but if you're a woman you don't really need a pill to protect yourself from getting pregnant, "just be a good girl and don't have sex at all". Ridiculous.
YOU SAID IT! Couldn't have said it better myself. Bravo.
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do insurance companies cover viagra?

it amuses me that the article in the original post is trying to make us symphatise for the poor guys underr pessure now when sleeping around
poor souls indeed
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^ Yes, that's always a helpful attitude to take concerning prescription drug abuse problems.

The CBS story has a suspicious whiff of manufactured crisis about it to me--no hard data, no stats, unsupported assertions that "many therapists say..." and a couple random quotes from two therapists who don't mention Viagra at all. If there really is epidemic-level misuse of Viagra by 18-to-30 year old men going on, it could just as easily be driven by immature showing off as by crippling fears of measuring up to the expectations of the, erm, " 'powerful' modern women out of the Sex and the City playbook."

Regardless, a drug that dilates blood vessels isn't something anyone ought to be popping casually, especially mixed with recreational drugs.
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The CBS story has a suspicious whiff of manufactured crisis about it to me--no hard data


I can't say this story has been inflated

but, with no hard data

perhaps some of us got excited about nothing.
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I find it bizarre that the writer of the first article went out of the way to blame strong, confident, independent women for young men restorting to Viagra when there could be all kinds of other more likely reasons, like stress from their jobs or drinking too much that are causing their problem.
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Get on the maca magic bandwagon, people! I'm here to tell you...you don't need a pill.

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