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NEW YORK: A new US study has shown that Viagara may help men get and retain erection, but its use doesn’t make them any happier or improve their relationships.
According to the study, drugs called PDE5 inhibitors (phosphodiesterase inhibitors) which include Viagara address only the physiological part of the erection problem by relaxing blood vessels. But they don’t address the psychological part of the problem.
Involving 40 clinical trials, the study focussed on how the quality of life and relationships of participants changed before and after they were administered Viagara, according to LiveScience.
Before the clinical trial, participants reported overall satisfaction in life but poor sexual relationships and low self-esteem.
After treatment, they reported better sexual satisfaction and higher confidence, but said they saw no improvement in their overall life satisfaction, according to the study published in the Nov. 21 issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
According to Dr. Andrew Kramer, a urologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, this study shows that “people with erectile dysfunction and relationship issues should probably see someone for relationship psychosocial issues and someone for physical issues.”
Dr Kramer said, “It’s simplistic to think that fixing an erection issue would solve relationship issues. Happiness is very complicated, and erections are just one small piece of it.’’