Your Erection and Drugs

 

You might be wondering, whether I am talking about prescription or recreational drugs here.. well, it does not matter – read on!

We encounter drugs every day, whether in the form of our morning cup of coffee, prescription drugs, or in some cases, illegal drugs. In fact, a drug is defined as any foreign material put into the body which interacts with cells on a molecular level to cause an effect.   

But what do some of these drugs actually do to your sexual performance? The drugs described in this guide will be broadly divided into two sections: those which inhibit sexual activity, and those which stimulate it.

Inhibitors

the best L-arginine supplementCertain illegal drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy are rumoured to increase sensitivity to certain sexual experiences, the truth is that these drugs do the exact opposite, often causing erectile dysfunction and therefore reduce your ability to perform.
Again, contrary to popular opinion, alcohol may not allow you to perform as you had wanted. It has been shown to severely inhibit testosterone production, leading to reduced intensity and duration of orgasm in males1.
Smoking doesn’t do you any favours either, since tobacco intake has been linked to impotence. One study has suggested that erectile dysfunction is a whopping 85% more common in smokers than non-smokers2 due to smokers being statistically significantly less healthy than non-smokers.  

Stimulators

The number one virility enhancing drug is the almost universally recognised Viagra (chemical name sildenafil citrate), and its cousin Cialis (chemical name tadalafil citrate). These two drugs are produced by different companies, but in fact work in a very similar way. Both of these drugs inhibit the natural degradation of a messenger molecule known as cGMP (cyclic guanosine monophosphate) by binding to the enzyme responsible for its degradation.
Erection begins when nitric oxide radicals bind to a specific receptor and trigger production of cGMP. This cGMP message is quickly destroyed by PDE5 (cGMP-specific phosphodiesterase 5); the enzyme which is inhibited by sildenafil and tadalafil. These drugs have been used effectively to treat erectile dysfunction with minimal side effects, but it is advisable that recreational use is avoided due to the possibility of unwanted side-effects.
Elimination of the male refractory period (the recovery time after ejaculation) is also a potential goal for pharmaceutical companies, as this would lead to a prolonged sexual experience between successive ejaculations. During the male orgasm, a hormone known as prolactin is released in the brain3.
This hormone is involved in the feeling of euphoria experienced after orgasm, but also inhibits dopamine production, thereby preventing erection from occurring for a short period afterwards4. Therefore, drugs which act to stimulate the dopamine receptor may allow males to experience multiple ejaculations and increased sexual arousal during and after sex.
not againAs demonstrated above, a great many drugs rumoured to have aphrodisiac properties may actually hurt your sexual performance. The majority of illegal drugs, while perhaps providing a heightened sexual experience in the short-term, will detrimentally affect virility in the long-term.
The best thing to do really is using your body’s own natural drugs dopamine, testosterone. These will work best when you are fit & healthy, eating well and exercising regularly. There are a few things you can do to naturally elevate your testosterone levels, which are described in this article.      
The truth is that the only drugs which have been proven to improve virility in men are those which have been designed by the professionals, and are administered by trained clinicians. Alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs won’t do you any favours!
  
  1. “Mendelson J.H. Ellingboe J. Mello N.K. Kuehnle J, Effects of Alcohol on Plasma Testosterone and Luteinizing Hormone Levels, (1978), Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research Issue 2, Volume 3, Page 255. DOI:10.1111/j.1530-0277.1978.tb05808.x.”
  2. “Haake P. Exton M.S. Haverkamp J. Krämer M. Leygraf N. Hartmann U. Schedlowski M. Krueger T.H.C, Absence of orgasm-induced prolactin secretion in a healthy multi-orgasmic male subject, (2002), International Journal of Impotence Research, Issue 14, Volume 2, Pages 133–135. DOI:10.1038/sj/ijir/3900823”
  3. “Haake P. Exton M.S. Haverkamp J. Krämer M. Leygraf N. Hartmann U. Schedlowski M. Krueger T.H.C, Absence of orgasm-induced prolactin secretion in a healthy multi-orgasmic male subject, (2002), International Journal of Impotence Research, Issue 14, Volume 2, Pages 133–135. DOI:10.1038/sj/ijir/3900823”
  4. “Pfaus J. Phillips A, Role of dopamine in anticipatory and consummatory aspects of sexual behavior in the male rat, (1991), Behav. Neurosci. Issue 105, Volume 5, Pages 727–43. DOI:10.1037/0735-7044.105.5.727. PMID 1840012.”

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