Viagra Review – How It Improved My Erection Quality

image of the packet of viagra I triedWhen I visited Brazil, one of the many things that surprised me was the fact that you can buy Viagra over the counter in many pharmacies.

Since I’ve been having serious problems getting an erection at the start of new relationships, I decided to try it out.

And although I’ve decided not to use it on a regular basis – for reasons I’ll explain later – it was definitely an effective way to improve my erection quality during sex.

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 about trying it and want to know what it’s like.

What is Viagra?

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

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

It comes in a little blue diamond shaped pill and is taken orally before having sex. The idea is that it helps you get an erection when stimulated, as well as helping you keep your erection for longer.

My experience

The way I actually acquired the Viagra was pretty unusual, so I’ll 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 crazy concept, it just had to be done. So I rang the local pharmacy, ordered 8 pills and had them delivered to my place.

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 things that fills you with a combination of both 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 wasn’t something I was happy about.

However, I also knew how effective it was in research studies, so 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 could help with:

  • As always happens to me with a new partner, I was having annoying erection problems. It had been a week with varying degrees of success, but I was still struggling with poor erection quality when I saw her.
  • Being in my 30s, it takes me longer to recover between sessions than when I was a sprightly youngster. So I was curious to see if that would change too.

The first test

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

We then spent time doing things as we usually would – talking, laughing, kissing 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 an erection 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.

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 a couple of minutes later it was at maximum hardness.

What usually happens for me with a new partner is that I either get a 50-70% erection, or I get a full one, but then lose the erection as soon as I try to put a condom on.

But that night, not only did I easily get as hard as I do when I’m with a long-term partner, 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. And we then had some amazing sex, thanks to three things that happened:

  • I stayed very erect for a good amount of time.
  • I felt full of confidence.
  • I felt like I could last for ages.

So as I’m sure you can imagine, we were both very happy with the results. I felt confident, and proud of my partner’s reaction and enjoyment of my 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 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.

Round two in record time

It usually takes me 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 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 good 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.

The second test

A week later I decided to give the Viagra another whirl, but this time taking just 25 mg 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 perhaps wasn’t quite as strong as my initial test.

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 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 a big confidence boost.

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

Would I recommend it?

If you have ED, in my experience it’s potentially a very effective 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.
  • You might also find my article about condoms making you soft helpful.

Your views

Have you taken Viagra before, or are thinking about taking it? I’m interested to hear your views about erectile dysfunction, and what you’ve found helps or not in the comments below.

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36 Comments

  • Hi Ethan
    I m from Pakistan
    I have erection and premature ejaculation Problem
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    And tell me how i can get delay spray above mentioned at no.1 and 2…..???
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  • Thanks for the review ethan, really enjoyed reading it. It’s given me some hope that it might work for me as well. Been having terrible ED for a couple of months and really need it sorted asap.

  • I’m thinking of trying viagra, so it was good to read your review. I have real problems getting an erection, not just keeping it up, so I’ve got my fingers crossed this will be the answer. Wish me luck!

    • Hi Ben
      Good luck! I think as long as you remember that you will need some stimulation alongside the viagra, hopefully you’ll find it helps.
      All the best!
      Ethan

  • Hi Ethan,
    I face the same problem like you whenever I’m with a new partner, but it my case it might be worse as I cant even get an erection. Is viagra safe to use in this case? I’m 24 btw

    • Hi Delwyn
      To be honest, it’s not really right for me to tell you if it’s safe for you personally. All I can say is that Viagra can be helpful, as long as you’re receiving some sexual stimulation to help it do its work. If you’re not sure if it would be safe for you considering your personal medical history, it’s a good idea to ask your doctor. Otherwise, you can check online for the safety warnings on reputable medical sites and check that you don’t have any of the conditions they say can be problematic with Viagra.
      Ethan

    • Hi Chris
      You might be able to get it on prescription. And if you choose to buy it online, do your research carefully, and use a government approved online pharmacist. There are lots of generic and fake viagra pills sold online, so look into it carefully if you choose to go down that route.
      Ethan

        • Hi Benjamin
          Sorry, I really can’t remember the name of it! I’ve tried to look it up on google maps and it doesn’t appear. All I remember is that it’s in Sao Paolo, at the bottom end of Avenida Paulista where it meets the road dr. raffel de barros. There is a big pharmacy there on the corner – that’s where I got mine. But I suspect you can get it in most pharmacies in Sao Paolo – you just need to check it’s authentic.
          Ethan

  • This is a great article and really useful review – thanks for sharing! I’ve been having serious problems recently, so am thinking to try viagra and maybe a penis pump too to see if the combination helps. What do you think?
    Sam

    • Hi Sam
      Thanks for the compliment. I’m happy you to hear the article was useful. I personally think it’s probably better to try one at once, rather than the both at the same time. You might find you only need one of them. Viagra is more about keeping your erection once you’ve already been stimulated. Perhaps if for some reason you just can’t get it up in the first place, a pump might help. And then the viagra may help keep it up. But I’m not entirely sure to be honest.
      Ethan

  • Really great review, thanks for sharing your experience! I laughed at your story of getting the viagra delivered;-) i’m going to try it soon, so hopefully it will work well and i won’t get those headaches! cheers

    • Hi Craig
      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I hope it works out well for you, and try taking less if you do get any side effects like that.
      Ethan

  • Hello I have had ED for as long as I can remember, I am 32. I guess it’s from masturbating a lot when I was younger(Never talked to a doctor about it)…I have never lasted more than 10 mins, now I don’t get up to 5 mins, plus I loose an erection real easy. Any suggestions on medication to help keep an erection and last longer than I do now, as it’s beginning to affect my marriage.

    • Hi Lass
      Well, in my experience, Viagra does seem to offer help for both those problems. You just have to weigh up the pros and cons of taking it yourself. Otherwise, it’s probably a case of tackling the 2 issues independently, but in a way that doesn’t conflict. For example, delay sprays are good, but sometimes cause erection problems. So I would look into ways to keep the erection primarily, and then look into the natural techniques for lasting longer than I talk about a lot on this site.
      Ethan

  • I am a 75 years old. My ED problem started when I was about 60 when I was found to have an enlarged prostate. About 5 years ago I was treated for prostate cancer. This included Brachytherapy, hormone treatment and beam therapy. I am now clear of cancer. I have used the original Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. I have also used Kamagra, 2 other Indian copies of Viagra and numerous Chinese herbal products. I now only use Kamagra 100 ml liquid sachets with great success (I think!). All these drugs work to a lesser or greater extent but do not use them without your doctor’s permission if you have any heart problem. Also have a small salad, not a big greasy meal before you have sex! With Kamagra liquid you will get a hot flush about 15 minutes before the drug starts to work on your penis.

    • Hi Mike
      Thanks for your comment and for sharing your story. Well done for dealing with cancer and becoming one of the growing numbers of cancer survivors out there. I also had cancer a few years back, so I know it’s no easy journey!
      I think your advice about checking with a doctor if you have a heart condition before taking these kind of drugs is exactly right. I also like the idea of a salad rather than heavy meal before sex – we need all that blood sent to other places than the digestive system!
      Ethan

  • hi, i’m 23 year old. is it safe to use viagra only for last long sex and what will be the duration(approx.), cause i dont have any erectile dysfunction?

    • Hi Kash
      Yes, you can use Viagra even if you don’t have ED. It might help you last longer, and will probably help you keep an erection for longer and be able to get it up again sooner after you ejaculate. How long it lasts varies from person to person, but usually around 3 hours in my experience.
      Ethan

    • 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

        • Hi Dave
          Are you there yourself? I can’t remember the name of the one I got it from, and just looked on google maps, but it doesn’t appear. I can tell you roughly where it was though. There’s a junction at one end of Avenida Paulista where it meets Praca Oswaldo Cruz. If you look on the map you’ll see a little green triangle, and it was somewhere around there. Sorry I can’t be more exact!
          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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