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Health And Wellness

Over-the-counter Viagra—a Bad Idea

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Hey, here’s a great idea… make it possible for people to get Viagra over the counter! Over-the-counter (OTC) sales would help so many men who are too embarrassed to discuss ED with their doctors. Viagra, of course, is the “little blue pill” that treats erectile dysfunction (ED). Derived from a research study for a blood pressure medication, it wasn’t good enough to become a standalone hypertension drug, but it did produce the humorous anecdote about so many of the men participating in the study snickering about all the erections they were having. And the rest, as they say, is history. It wasn’t long before other ED drugs hit the market to cash in on the lucrative market, filling the vacuum created by flaccidity. Vardenafil (Levitra) and tadalafil (Cialis) soon joined the ranks of options, tweaking the properties and earning patents in their own right. With Pfizer’s own patent on sildenafil (generic for Viagra) set to run out in ...

Birth Control Pills (BCPs) And The Summer Of Love

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In the previous article on contraceptives, “To Be or Not to Be—That is the Contraceptive,” the methods of preventing pregnancy were listed and described. But none of them has changed the world the way the oral contraceptive—or “birth control pill” (BCP)—has.   The Combination Pill and the Progesteron-only Pill (POP) Ingredients—one scoop or two Two types of pill have been marketed. The more popular version is called the “combination pill,” because it has both an estrogen and a progesterone, the main female hormones involved in the menstrual cycle and ovulation. For women who cannot take estrogen, the progesterone-only pill (POP) was developed.   Party on! Adventures in promiscuity and sexual experimentation To say “the pill” was a revolution is an understatement. It was introduced first in the 1960s, and along with daring and provocative music, changing concepts of morality, and the hippie ...

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