Viagra Review – Testing The Little Blue Diamond In Brazil

image of the viagra taken during the reviewIn 2016, I traveled through Latin America, spending almost 2 months in Brazil. Imagine my surprise when I discovered you can buy Viagra over the counter in many pharmacies there!

Since I’ve had problems getting an erection when I first sleep with a new partner in recent years, I couldn’t resist the temptation to try it out.

And although I decided not to use it on an on-going basis – for reasons I’ll explain later – it was definitely an effective way to deal with more than one sexual issue I’ve had.

In this Viagra review I’ll be talking honestly and openly about my experience with it. Hopefully you’ll find it useful if you’re thinking of taking it and want to know what it’s actually like.

What is viagra?

Viagra is a trade name for Sildenafil, and is the most commonly used medication for erectile dysfunction and impotence in men.

It does have a couple of other potential uses, such as pulmonary hypertension, but in this article I’ll be talking just about its use for sexual dysfunction.

It comes in a little blue diamond-shaped pill and is taken orally before having sex. The idea is that it helps you get erections and keep them for longer. As you’ll see in a minute though, it can also have other effects on your sexual performance.

My experience with Viagra

The way I actually acquired the Viagra was quite funny in some ways, so I have to share it with you before talking about the actual effects.

As I said at the start of the article, you can walk into just about any pharmacy in Brazil and buy Viagra. There are some generic versions floating around since Pfizer’s patent ran out, but the one I got hold of was the official Pfizer one.

In Brazil, many of the pharmacies offer a home delivery service. For me, home delivery Viagra was such a funny concept, it just had to be done. So I ordered 8 pills and a box of condoms (just to push the comedy element even further), and had them delivered to my apartment.

I’ll never know to this day whether the delivery guy knew what was in the little white packet, but I think he noticed how amusing I found it.

The anticipation

I think Viagra is one of those medicines that fills you with an odd combination of excitement and slight trepidation before taking it.

I’d read a lot about it online, and was slightly worried by the long list of possible side effects. The idea of a prolonged and painful erection kept popping into my mind, and not something I was keen on experiencing.

However, I’d also read a lot about how effective it is, and was keen to see if it would help me get through the initial days with a woman I’d recently met. In fact, there were 3 issues I was interested in seeing if it would help with:

  • As often happens to me with a new partner, I was having erections problems. It had been a week with varying degrees of success, but my mental “go erection!” command didn’t seem to be working too well.
  • Being 37 years old, it takes me longer to recover between sessions than when I was a sprightly youngster. So I was curious to see if the Viagra would put Duracell batteries in my penis.

The first test

The Viagra wasn’t a secret at all, with my partner totally up for trying it out – as well as sharing the comedy value of the delivery service. So I ordered it on a Saturday evening, and as soon as it turned up, opened the blister packet and swallowed one of the 50mg pills with some water.

We then spent time doing things as we usually would – kissing, laughing and enjoying prolonged foreplay. And in the back of my mind was the constant thought of “any second now…any second…”

I’d read that Viagra doesn’t magically give you erections so much as help you get and keep one when you do normal things to get aroused. But when you take it, you still kind of hope for a miracle – no matter what you’ve read.

The strong erection

What actually happened is that after about 30 minutes I definitely felt a warm feeling and some movement downstairs.

My partner and I were half naked and fondling each other passionately, with my penis happily starting to respond to her touch. And within a couple of minutes he was as hard as he gets even when I’m at my most relaxed.

What had been happening before that night, and what usually happens with someone new, is that I either get 50-70% erections, or I get one 100% but then lose it as soon as there’s a condom within a meter of my field of vision.

But that night, not only did I easily get as hard as I do when I’ve been with someone a few times, but I was even harder. I literally had the strongest erection I’ve had in years.

The prolonged sex

I had no problem at all putting a condom on. This was one of those erections that you just know is there to stay. You could go and make a sandwich, knowing that it’ll still be rock hard when you go back to bed. And we then had some amazing sex, thanks to three things that happened:

  • I was very, very hard.
  • I felt full of confidence.
  • I felt like I could last for ages.

So as I’m sure you can imagine, we were both really enjoying ourselves. I felt confident, and proud of my partner’s reaction and enjoyment of my new-found stronger erection. But not just that – I felt like I could go forever.

In the past I struggled a lot with premature ejaculation. These days I have it under control, but do need to keep some focus on my arousal levels otherwise I can slip back into a quicker finish.

But with the Viagra, I felt like there was no way I was going to come any time soon. And in fact that first time round I think we had sex for somewhere around the 30 minute mark before I allowed myself to finish.

I can’t help think there was a bit of a placebo effect at work there, but at the same time, perhaps the additional confidence helped me remain in control. Who knows!

Round two in record time

Being in my late 30s, it usually takes anything from 20 minutes to a few hours to be ready for round two. But that Saturday night, I was ready again in less than 10.

I was surprised to find that my erection did soften after the first round; I think I was expecting it to get hard and stay hard for several hours. But evidently it doesn’t work like that.

However, as soon as my partner started playing with me again, I had no problems in once again getting a nicely hard erection. All in all, I think that night we had sex several times over the period of about 3 hours before the Viagra started wearing off and we were both pretty shattered.

So it seems Viagra’s reputation as a magic blue pill is indeed deserved – more or less.

The headache

I know so far I’ve only raved about how great the Viagra was. Unfortunately though, it did come at a price. Around halfway through round two I started to get a noticeable headache. At first I thought it was maybe from dehydration, but it felt different from that type of headache.

It wasn’t so bad that I had to stop, but it was there and pretty annoying if I’m honest. I thought I’d gotten away without any side effects since nothing bad happened at first. But once that headache came on, it stayed for a couple of hours, even after the positive effects of the Viagra were starting to wear off around the 3-4 hour point.

The second test

A week later I decided to give the Viagra another whirl, but this time taking just 25mg to see if I could avoid the headache with a lower dose. And that did seem to work – I had more or less the same positive effects but without the headache.

Even though it still worked, the effect wasn’t quite as powerful this time round. I was able to get an erection with ease, but it wasn’t bulging hard like before. However, I did once again notice that it seemed to give me more control over my ejaculation, and also decreased the refractory period.

Why I haven’t taken it again

I only tried Viagra on those two nights and haven’t bothered with it since. And it’s got nothing to do with the headaches; it’s actually my partner who asked me not to take it again unless I really need to.

Her view is that it’s a powerful drug, and since my problem with erections only ever happens when I first meet someone, she doesn’t think it’s necessary or even wise to take it again.

And I think she’s right. Yes, that first Saturday night was amazing, and after struggling to get a decent erection beforehand, it was a much needed relief from the stress I was going through. It was also a lot of fun and massive confidence boost having such a mighty erection.

However, if I can manage without it, it’s better in the long-run I think.

Would I recommend it?

If you have serious problems with erectile dysfunction, then in my experience it’s a powerful way to deal with the problem. I think it’s probably better to get your doctor’s approval before taking it though, since the list of potential side effects and interactions is a concern.

If you can find a way to overcome ED without medication, then that’s of course preferable. But if you’ve had no luck with other techniques or treatment, or are simply desperate for some help, Viagra could be just the thing you need.

If your problem is one of having to wait ages to recover between sex sessions, then again in my experience Viagra can help.

As far as premature ejaculation goes, I think it might help some guys. But at the same time, there are plenty of other treatment options that don’t come with such a long list of side effects. So I’m slightly more hesitant to recommend it.

Useful further reading

  • For information about the potential side effects, who shouldn’t take it and the correct dosage, check out drugs.com
  • For more information, and if you decide to buy it online, the safest place is the official Pfizer Viagra website (not an affiliate link).
  • If you think your problem is anxiety related and/or you’re not keen on taking medication, you might find my article about first night erection problems and all the helpful comments from other guys useful.

Your views

Have you taken Viagra before, or are thinking about taking it? Let me know your experience, hopes or concerns in the comments below.

8 CommentsLeave a comment

    • Hi Dave
      Sorry it took me so long to reply – I hope your date went well! I haven’t been to Rio, but if it’s like Sao Paolo, you can probably find it in most pharmacies!
      Ethan

  • Did your ED go away after taking Viagra two times? Permanently? Because you stated that you only needed it when you first met someone. Meaning you could only get 50-70 percent erection. Do your erection still stay hard like before when you took the Viagra? Im thinking about taking it. My doctor gave me a prescription but im worried it wont be a permanent solution and the side effects worry me. I barely can achieve a 100 percent erection and even if I do . I lose it during sex. Im only 20 so I dont understand why I have ED problems. What can I really do?

    • Hi Chris
      Unfortunately, viagra isn’t a permanent cure for ED. But my problem was that I would struggle to get an erection the first night or two I’m with a new partner, then I’m mostly fine. So for me, it would be helpful because I’d only need it for a couple of days to help me through that initial difficult period.
      The erections it gave me were definitely very strong. Probably like I would have had in my early twenties!
      I know the side effects are a bit worrying – I was concerned too. My advice would be to try a small dose, even splitting the pill at first and see if that helps. Then try it and see how you feel. If you’re happy with it, you can then decide whether to take it again or not. In terms of other things you can do, have a read of my other article I linked to. I talk in there about other things that might help.
      All the best
      Ethan

    • Hi David
      I’m glad you found the article useful. Kamagra is a generic form of Viagra, made and sold mainly in India. It’s popular because it’s cheaper, but it doesn’t have the same safety controls as viagra.
      Ethan

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