What are the Dangers of Male Enhancement Pills?

We live in a world which demands perfection. Perfection not of skills but of physicality. From cosmetic surgeries, to slogging hours a day at gym to get the much so perfect “social media” worthy body, is what has become a dream for most people. The recent trend to look perfect and “bigger the better” trend to a new level is the subject of male enhancement pills. What previously was considered a taboo, societal norms regarding sexual intimacy has evolved over the years and it has become fairly acceptable to discuss sex in several societies openly. With liberalisation, freedom rights, and rising modernisation such cultural norms have drastically changed and there has been an increase in customer acceptance towards sexual enhancement supplements.

Male enhancement pills, as the euphemism goes is a recent trend and a non-surgical method to alter your body part.  The internet is filled with a variety of pill popping solutions to solve this issue. A booming industry which replaced Viagra, promises to deliver “natural” and “safe” products to help one reach the desired level of body appreciation. Little do people know that the so called natural products aren’t so safe or for that matter properly tested before launching it for mass market. According to FDA, many of these products are dangerous and may even prove fatal. 

First off anything which claims to “natural” yet can drastically change anything is a red flag. Anything natural takes time. Be it growing of trees or evolution for that matter, anything which is essentially deprived of any adulteration or chemicals will not happen in a night, or in this matter a week to ten days. A good sexual life depends on a number of different factors which varies from person to person, depending upon individual preference, emotional stability, and physical ability. If you have concerns about your sexual life, it is essential to consider the situation holistically. Mostly underlying and suppressed psychological factors such as tension or frustration can be the reason for unsatisfying sexual life, can be better helped by discussing the issues with your partner or with therapies, mindful techniques or relationship advice. Many of the male enhancement pills which are available over the counter claim to enhance the size of the male organ and increase the libido. These supplements also promise to treat erectile dysfunction and increase pleasure while copulating. However due to FDA regulations, these pills are mainly dietary  supplements and cannot legally claim to prevent, treat or cure any medical condition, including erectile dysfunction, although many of them do advertise so. 

How do they work?
There’s no medical evidence to suggest that you can increase your penis size once you reach your full size as an adult. Websites advertising drugs that are able to do this are usually illegal, fake, or scams for money. However, it’s possible to get pills that can effectively help aid your erection and increase your libido. There has been lots of medical research into the causes and treatment of erectile dysfunction and sexual dysfunction in men. The medical treatments available to you if you are trying to improve your sex life or stamina in bed are, on the whole, effective and can be given by your GP. Pills to treat erectile dysfunction can be prescribed to you on the NHS or by private health practices, online or in person, safely and legally. These generally work by relaxing the muscles of the penis and temporarily increasing blood flow to help you get and keep an erection in order to have penetrative sex. These pills will only treat the physical symptoms of your erectile dysfunction, and do not treat the underlying cause (which can be physical or psychological).

One of the main ingredients in these pills, is sulfoaildenafil an untested chemical which can have dangerous interactions with other prescribed drugs such as nitrates, and can cause dangerously low blood pressure. But because consumers think they are taking a "natural" product, they are usually not under a doctor's care. To create these new drugs, illegal manufacturers apparently search patent applications and studies for analogue compounds that may have a similar, desired effect to the legal medication and then synthesize and sell them. Many of these agents that appear in the scientific literature may never have been studied in animal research, which makes them particularly hazardous. Some compounds are even abandoned by pharmaceutical companies for safety and health reasons. Such illegal drug makers might even be encouraged by the lack of enforcement of laws prohibiting improper marketing of pharmaceutical-grade agents. It’s illegal to sell prescription medications and untested compounds as herbal drugs, for example, but few are prosecuted for it. While some clearly are effective in producing arousal or sexual enhancement, their side effects are dangerous and may cause complications or other chronic illness. As with the “legal high” market, the globalization of drug manufacturing and the anonymity and ubiquity of the internet are fuelling the traffic in male enhancement pills, and generating a market for the more questionable manufacturers. This dirty secret represents a special danger for the millions of men who take nitrates — drugs prescribed to lower blood pressure and regulate heart disease. When mixed, nitrates and impotency pharmaceuticals can slow blood flow catastrophically, leading to a heart attack or stroke.

The most significant and harmful side effect to look out for is the possibility that the ingredients contained in natural male sexual supplements may interact with certain medication. Many of these ingredients are nitrate compounds that improve blood flow, which can have other effects on the body – such as an alteration in blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, etc. Taking a prescription or over-the-counter drug which already has a similar effect on the body means the supplement will increase the effects of the drug; thus an adverse reaction may develop. Most male enhancement pills contain a proprietary formula, which means the values of the ingredients included in the formula aren’t specified and the composition may vary. Some ingredients, such as Panax ginseng, can cause blood pressure to increase when consumed in high doses. Increased blood pressure, in turn, can have a negative impact on the user’s cardiovascular health and even put the user at a higher risk of having a heart attack.

Few of the side effects of such supplements are:

  • Headaches
    Headaches are the most common side effect associated with male enhancement drugs. The sudden change in blood flow from the increased levels of nitric oxide causes the headaches. This side effect is common with all forms of enhancement medications, so switching brands won’t necessarily alleviate your symptoms. The best remedy to avoid headache is to drink lots of water. Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. It is also good to stay away from stress and other things to add which will add pressure to one’s body.

  • Palpitations
    The reason for a rapid heartbeat is because male enhancement pills causes an increase in blood flow and expand blood vessels. In this relation, a rapid heartbeat and palpitations are felt. This may be pretty normal but if you have blood pressure problems then you may want to ask an advice from your doctor or any medical allied professionals. 

  • Body aches and pains
    Some people have muscle aches and pains throughout their bodies while taking ED drugs. Others have reported specific pain in their lower back. If you have these types of pain while taking ED drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication may help.

  • Priapism
    Priapism is an unwanted, persistent erection. It may occur spontaneously or from certain antidepressants or erectile dysfunction drugs. Symptoms include an erection lasting more than four hours or off and on for several hours. The penis is usually painful or tender. Very few have encountered this kind of side effects and for those, a remedy of a cold pack is used to lessen the swelling. In some cases, an intracavernous injection is done.

  • Dizziness
    An increase in nitric oxide can cause some men to become dizzy. The dizziness caused by ED drugs is generally mild. However, any dizziness can cause discomfort during everyday activities. In rare cases, dizziness from ED drugs has led to fainting, which can become a serious health issue. You should tell your doctor if you experience dizziness while taking ED drugs. If you faint while taking these drugs, see your doctor right away.

  • Flushes
    Flushes are temporary periods of redness of the skin. Flushes usually develop on your face and may also spread to parts of your body. Flushes can be mild, like blotchy skin, or severe, like rashes. Although the appearance may make you uncomfortable, flushes typically aren’t harmful.

Flushes from ED drugs may get worse when you:

  • eat hot or spicy foods
  • drink alcohol
are outside in warm temperatures

  • Upset stomach
    Having an upset stomach while taking male enhancement pills relies on your stomach’s acidity which interacts with the contents of your stomach. It will be further be aggravated if you have any gastrointestinal disorders like ulcer, hyperacidity and others. To avoid this, take male enhancements with a full stomach or after a meal.

  • Increased Testosterone Levels
  1. Although these may be a good advantage, some can overproduce testosterone levels that will put you at risk to prostate diseases. This is a long-term side effect in which an enlarged stomach is acquired – a threat to prostate cancer. Those who are sexually active do not acquire this condition but for those who are taking pills and isn’t really ejaculating on a regular basis, then this may cause potential problems.

  • Allergies
    Approximately 40% of the population is affected by some sort of allergy, which means there is a possibility that a user can experience an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients included in a male enhancement product. Apart from the ingredients, some products also contain traces of nuts, shellfish, soya and other compounds that can also cause an allergic reaction.

  • Anxiety
    Some of the more potent ingredients that are sometimes present in these supplements can also result in headaches and irritability. Which is often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety. One particular ingredient that causes anxiety as a side-effect is Yohimbe. An ingredient that is often famous as a natural Viagra.

  • Vision Changes
    People who have retinal disorders should not take enhancement medications, as they can cause serious eye damage. Even if you do not have retinal disorders, you can still experience blurry vision and a temporary loss of vision. If you find that your temporary vision loss is a constant thing, you will need to seek medical care immediately, as this may become a permanent situation if you are not careful.

While wanting to change some aspect or the other of one’s body is normal human behaviour, it shouldn’t be at the cost of one health. Looking at the high potential health risks that the so called natural supplements come, it is better to avoid such thing. The trend of popping pills to get a solution to any medical problems and the easy access that internet provides is what has fuelled the sexual drug industry to boom in the past decade. Even after going through all the risks, one finds it necessary to take some way to alter their body, it is highly advised to do under careful guidance of a certified doctor. Even though many male enhancement supplements helps men improve their overall sexual function in an easy , it is important to consider the fact that most of the pharmaceutical associations are yet to check and approve these products. Many of the products include unlisted chemicals, which can be harmful to the user’s health. Such decision require a lot of research and consultation and is better to not rush into a decision. Trying to solve one issue should not give rise to ten more. One should first and foremost avoid any type of over the counter medicines for such a condition and always go through his doctor’s recommendation and prescription.