Spontaneous Sex Still Possible Despite Viagra's One-Hour Delayed
Action With Tip from Boston-Based Sex Therapist Aline Zoldbrod,
LEXINGTON, Mass., Oct 25, 2002 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Erectile
dysfunction affects 30 million American men over the age of 40.
Many experience significant improvements in erectile capacity, sexual
self-esteem, and general mental health thanks to Viagra. However,
often couples successfully using Viagra have one important complaint:
Needing to take Viagra an hour before sex eliminates spontaneous
Dr. Zoldbrod devised a clever solution: "While Viagra had
made an important contribution, many couples were troubled at the
loss of the fun, spontaneous aspect of their sexual relationship.
Couple after couple described feeling frustrated. Middle-aged or
older couples, who were finally child-free, should have had total
sexual freedom and privacy. Couples of all ages found that they
could not just go right ahead and have intercourse after a particularly
close time together at a movie, taking a walk, or after an evening
spent with friends."
Passion was blocked by the delayed action of the medication. Although
couples could have intercourse once they got home and waited for
the pill to take effect, the need for planning left them feeling
cheated or defective.
Dr. Zoldbrod, the author of several books on sexuality, thought
about it: "I realized that patients had to have the little
blue pills with them, in their pockets, at all times, not left on
their dressers or in their medicine chests with their vitamins,
high-blood-pressure medications or painkillers. That way, in the
middle of the evening with friends, the movie, or the walk, when
sexual feelings arose in either partner, the Viagra was at-the-ready."
The second part of Zoldbrod's formula is Sex Talk. "Since
the best sex takes the enthusiastic participation of both partners,
whichever of them feels sexy first should ask the other, discreetly,
whether it's Viagra time or not. At ten bucks a pop, mind-reading
is too expensive, and why risk disappointment?" asks Zoldbrod.
But in the best-case scenario, when they both agree, Viagra is
taken DURING the movie, the walk, or the evening out. When the couple
gets home, sex feels as spontaneous as it did in the old days.
Zoldbrod's patients who use Viagra now walk around with it stashed
on their person, in tiny little containers like used Tic-Tac boxes.
She emphasizes, though, that the conversation is crucial: "Talking
about sex is always a piece of the puzzle when solving sexual problems."
While faster-acting drugs are in the pipeline, currently, Zoldbrod's
tip is the best solution for spontaneous sex on Viagra.
Zoldbrod, an AASECT-certified sex therapist practicing in Lexington,
Massachusetts and at Lahey-Peabody Clinic for Sexual Function, is
the author of Sex Talk: Uncensored Exercises for Exploring What
Really Turns You On (2002) and Sex Smart: How Your Childhood Shaped
Your Sexual Life and What to Do About It (1998).
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