It has long been established that female sexual desire, like that of the male, declines with age. But it’s not the oldies alone who display a lack in libido; many younger men and women are identified with a decline in sexual interest as well. While female sexual disorders are as prevalent, there is somewhat limited understanding of their nature, classification, and pathophysiology. Not surprisingly, there are even fewer treatment options for women’s sexual woes.
The advent of Viagra for erectile dysfunction in men was life changing, which begs the question of whether the revolutionary drug’s benefit can be extended to women. But, is it safe for a woman to take Viagra?
The short answer is: no one knows for sure.
Viagra use in women has not been properly studied, so much so that the FDA has not granted approval for using Viagra on female patients. It is unlikely that your doctor will prescribe the medication, though there are some medical profe ...
How long does before the effects of Viagra start kicking in?
The amount of time required for Viagra to start working is different for each person. It has been reported to take effect as early as 30 minutes. Usual recommendations suggest taking sildenafil 30–60 minutes before sexual activity. Many people reported an earlier onset of action when the drug was taken on an empty stomach. Taking it with food, especially with a high-fat meal, may delay its absorption.
How does it work and how long does it last?
The human penis is composed of two chambers, known as the corpora cavernosa. When a person is aroused, the arteries dilate, causing the chambers to be filled with blood. The spongy tissues inside these chambers allow blood to flow in, leading to an erection. Patients with erectile dysfunction may have an underlying medical condition affecting the nerves and blood vessels that supply the penis. Sildenafil works by improving blood flow to the penis through widening or rel ...