The Viagra Myth: The Surprising Impact on Love and Relationships

The Viagra Myth: The Surprising Impact on Love and Relationships

The Viagra Myth: The Surprising Impact on Love and Relationships

The Viagra Myth: The Surprising Impact on Love and Relationships

Synopsis

The Book That Reveals the Truth About the "Little Blue Pill" "A delightful and thoughtful book on a timely topic by a sincere, wise, and experienced clinician. It is full of insights for men, women, and couples and is very well written. I recommend it highly." -Arnold Robbins, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Tufts Medical School, and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association "As a physician with vast experience treating men with sexual dysfunction, Dr. Morgentaler explains the facts and the fantasies about Viagra and erectile dysfunction in a way that every man and woman can understand." -Irwin Goldstein, M.D., director, Institute for Sexual Medicine, and professor, urology and gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine "Ever wish you could listen to what men say to each other about sex? Or better yet, listen in on a completely honest and open discussion between your man and his doctor? Read this book and get the inside scoop on sex, love, and Viagra. After this, you'll know what to ask (and what not to say) to get the loving intimacy you want in your own relationship." -Bonnie St. John, author, Succeeding Sane: Making Room for Joy in a Crazy World "Dr. Morgentaler is a rare breed of physician: psychologically savvy and perceptive about the way both men and women experience love and sexuality. The Viagra Myth is an intriguing commentary on the sexual notions of our society." -Laura Berman, Ph.D., coauthor, For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide to Reclaiming Your Sex Life, cohost of Berman & Berman on the Discovery Channel, and codirector of the Network for Excellence in Women's Sexual Health "This is a wonderful book that provides a new and unique perspective on human sexuality. Women and men who read The Viagra Myth will learn how sexual dysfunction impacts a relationship and about the pros and cons of the drug Viagra. I will definitely recommend it to all of my female patients." -Jennifer Berman, M.D., coauthor, For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide to Reclaiming Your Sex Life, cohost of Berman & Berman on the Discovery Channel, and assistant professor of urology and director, Female Sexual Medicine Center, UCLA School of Medicine

Excerpt

In 1998, Viagra was first introduced to the world, and it is fair to say that the world has not been the same since. the impact of this medication has been enormous, not just in the narrow area of treating erectile dysfunction (ED) for which it was approved, but also in the way we think of sex and sexuality, and even in the realm of relationships between men and women.

Millions of men in the United States have tried Pfizer's wonder drug, sildenafil, better known as Viagra, and there are thus millions of women who have also seen its effects on their husbands, boyfriends, and lovers. Many other millions of men and women wonder about whether Viagra can offer a solution for their own sexual and emotional problems or for the problems of their partners. We human beings are sexual animals, after all. and unfortunately, our sex lives are not always the way we want them to be. So it's no surprise that when sex goes sour, relationships suffer in other ways as well.

As a practicing urologist in Boston on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, I have treated many men with sexual problems and many couples who have sexual issues in their relationships. I knew about the development of Viagra before it was introduced to the public and was involved in its clinical application as soon as the Food and Drug Administration approved the new drug. I had anticipated using Viagra primarily for older patients with wellestablished erectile dysfunction, but it didn't take long before I realized that I had completely underestimated the huge extent of public interest in trying this new medication. For example, shortly after Viagra became available, an orthopedic surgeon came up to . . .

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