What Happens If I Take Viagra Without Having Sex?

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Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence is a common disorder affecting many men in the UK. It is where a man cannot start or maintain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse that is satisfactory and there are many possible causes for it. They may be physical causes such as diabetes, being overweight or even side effects of some medicines. Psychological causes could include depression, stress and anxiety.

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Treatment of erectile dysfunction

Viagra is a commonly prescribed medicine used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It can be used for all degrees of erectile dysfunction and usually starts to work within 30 minutes of taking the tablet. Viagra comes in strengths of 25mg, 50mg and 100mg and should be taken when required but only a maximum of one tablet in 24 hours should be taken. Having a consultation with the doctor is important so that together you can decide which strength of Viagra is the best option for you to try. The usual starting strength prescribed is 50mg but this can be increased or decreased if needed – and every person is different.

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How does Viagra work?

Viagra helps to increase the blood flow to the penis by widening the blood vessels that supply the blood. The increased blood supply allows an erection to happen quicker and last longer too. This means that a satisfactory sexual performance can be achieved. There is no rush for sexual activity after you take the tablet because Viagra can last up to 4 hours.
However, there is a myth that this little blue pill otherwise known as Viagra will work automatically as soon as you take the tablet. Almost like a magic pill that does all the work for you…. However, this is not the case! In order for Viagra to work and be effective, there must be some sexual stimulation or arousal, to start the erection going. So if you take a Viagra tablet and decide not to have sex, you should not expect to experience an erection any time soon. It is important to note that increased blood flow to the penis does not necessarily mean that there will be an erection – you need to have that sexual arousal to get things started. So sexual stimulation is still necessary to cause an erection that is stiff enough for satisfactory sexual performance. After having sex, the erection should go away. There is also a myth that once you take a Viagra tablet you will get a continuous erection – this is far from the truth. Sexual stimulation is what helps you to control when to start and stop producing an erection!

So what happens if I take Viagra without having sex?

It is not uncommon for a man to take Viagra without having sex, you have the intention of doing it with their partner soon and get ready for the erection they need, only to then cancel the idea due to something getting in the way! It’s life, things can happen and we all face the same problems. Something comes up and you have to go out, or you get a visitor to your house or even decide that you are not up for it. So now you worry – will the tablet have an effect on me if I don’t have sex? Probably not, no.

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If you take a tablet of Viagra and then decide not to have sex, then it is pretty much unlikely that you will get an erection because of the lack of sexual stimulation. You may experience some of the milder side effects of Viagra. They include:

  • Flushing of the face
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Feeling dizzy

These side effects usually go away quite quickly on their own but can be managed if needed. You can take paracetamol for headaches or an indigestion remedy for an upset stomach if you need to. However, most men do not actually experience any side effects with Viagra so it is not usually a problem. It is also really important to be aware that just because you may not have had sex, it does not mean that you can take another tablet later on in the day if you do decide to have sex. Doing this would mean that you have taken double the dose in 24 hours and this can lead to an overdose. Viagra stays in the blood for 24 hours which is why it is important that only one tablet is taken in 24 hours. Taking more than the prescribed quantity (maximum one tablet in 24 hours) can lead to more serious side effects and the most serious one is ‘priapism’. This is where the erection lasts longer than 4 hours and can be painful. In this case, you should seek medical help immediately since it can lead to permanent damage to the penis if not treated quickly enough. Other serious side effects with Viagra include (but not limited to):

  • Chest pains
  • Irregular heartbeats (palpitations)
  • Drop in blood pressure

You should always seek medical advice as soon as possible if you think you have overdosed on Viagra.

Making it work

Viagra overall works well for erectile dysfunction and at least two – thirds of men say they have harder erections after taking it. There are enough clinical trials, testimonials and vast prescribing globally to indicate how effective the drug is and how easily it can be taken in the right way to give the right results. There have been occasions where men have not taken Viagra as advised by their doctor or pharmacist and have not given the results they were looking for. If Viagra has no effect, then there may be several reasons why and one of the main reasons is not having enough sexual stimulation. Waiting too long to have sex or not waiting long enough to have sex after taking Viagra can also prevent it from working efficiently. So when asking the question ‘What happens if I take a Viagra tablet without having sex’? the simple answer is to say: do not expect to get the erection!
To get the best out of the Viagra tablet, take it on an empty stomach, 30 minutes to 1 hour before the anticipated sexual activity and remember – it will last up to four hours so there is a good amount of time for you to plan to get aroused!

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There have also been cases where some men take Viagra as a recreational drug, where there is no diagnosis of erectile dysfunction. This can potentially be dangerous and even life-threatening. It is therefore essential that you always follow the advice and recommendations given by your doctor on how to take Viagra for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Viagra is licensed for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and should only be used for this purpose.
So overall, Viagra should be prescribed to you by a doctor who will assess your needs and suitability. You would be advised on how to take the tablet and when and what side effects may occur. Sexual stimulation will make the tablet effective so this is important to keep in mind. If you decide not to have sex after taking the tablet, do not worry. Ensure that you do not double dose should you decide to have sex later – and remember that you still have a 4-hour window within which Viagra is still effective and you can produce the erection. You may still experience side effects of Viagra even if you do not have sex and if they are mild, they will go away on their own.

 

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References:

  1. Men’s Health Magazine
  2. www.drugs.com/viagra
  3. www.viagra.com
  4. BNF.org/Sildenafil

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