Viagra Improves Self Esteem Too

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A worldwide study of the prevalence of sexual dysfunction across seven global regions estimates that the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED)in men aged 40–80 ranges from 13% to 28% in the 29 countries surveyed. These data indicate that, despite cultural, religious, socioeconomic, and geographic differences, ED is a common problem. Factors that are more predictive of ED include age and  coexisting medical conditions, particularly diabetes, depression, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

The impact of ED extends beyond a patient’s sexual life; it can also diminish well-being and quality of life. ED is associated with depression, anxiety, and loss of self-esteem. Because of its association with low physical and emotional satisfaction in men and their partners, ED is considered a couple’s issue. Sildenafil (Viagra) has been shown to be effective for ED, but improvements in sexual function also appear to improve quality of life. The exact relationship between quality of life and successful treatment of ED has been difficult to ascertain but when Stanley Althof, Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine analyzed results from a randomized controlled trial of patients from five nations who were using viagra, he discovered that successful treatment of ED can also improve a man’s mental and social health, well-being, and self-esteem.

In the trial, Althof and his colleagues found that self esteem in patients taking sildenafil increased significantly compared to patients taking a placebo.There was also a fivefold increase in the percentage of successful intercourse attempts in the sildenafil group compared with a twofold increase in the placebo group. The authors conclude that patients treated with sildenafil experienced a large increase in psychosocial functioning, including improved quality of life. This manifested as improved confidence, better relationships, and higher levels of self-esteem. The study also showed that this benefit held true for patients from different cultures.