I used to write advertisements for men’s sexual health supplements, and I’m going to tell you an unpleasant truth: they do not work. They are about as effective as using crystal healing to improve your sex life. If they have any effect at all, it is purely a placebo effect that won’t help you at all if you need medical help.
One thing anyone who is involved in the sex supplements industry knows is you have to be very careful about the language you use or you can get into legal trouble. For example, you can’t claim that a pill will help erectile dysfunction. Instead, you might say it “may have” an effect. That’s how these companies get away with selling snake oil.
I get it; it’s embarrassing to talk to your doctor about sexual problems. It can be embarrassing to talk to anyone about these issues, and that’s why so many men turn to over-the-counter supplements. Unfortunately, this is a waste of your time and money, and it may be even worse than that.
These supplements haven’t been well-studied for effectiveness for issues like erectile dysfunction and decreased sex drive. The limited studies that are available for herbs like DHEA,
fenugreek, ginseng, and L-citrulline have shown that while they aren’t effective, they also seem to be safe to use. That isn’t the case for all supplements.
One study that was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine determined that men’s sexual health supplements may be unsafe. At the very least, many can lead to unwanted side effects like headaches, vertigo, increased blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat.
The ingredients in these supplements can also cause allergic reactions. Some may also have negative effects when combined with any prescription drugs you’re taking. In addition to this, some sex supplements may illegally contain small amounts of pharmaceutical drugs that can also put your health at risk.
Another reason sex supplements are dangerous is that there isn’t a doctor involved, you won’t have a medical health professional who can advise you of any potentially dangerous drug interactions. That’s a risk that’s simply not worth taking. Your doctor has seen and heard it all, and there’s no need to be embarrassed.
Sexual Health Drugs
Another reason some men turn to unproven “all-natural” supplements is they are afraid of the dangers of using pharmaceutical drugs like Viagra and Cialis. They may also have tried these in the past and experienced unpleasant side effects. Some of the side-effects of these drugs can include:
- Vision loss in one or both eyes
- Hearing decrease or loss
- Memory problems
- Flu-like symptoms
That hardly sounds sexy, right? These drugs work for some men, but others can’t take them due to their health issues or other medications they’re taking. If supplements don’t work and you can’t or don’t want to take drugs, are there any other options?
Luckily, there are several alternative treatments available that don’t involve bogus supplements or drugs with dangerous side-effects. The solution to your problem could be as simple as a change in diet, exercise, or therapy. Your doctor may also change your medications to solve the issue. There are also devices and surgeries that may help.
There are also technical advances being made in this area that may be able to help. One of the most exciting new treatment options is GAINSWave® therapy, which uses painless soundwaves to break down plaque in your blood vessels. Unlike supplements and drugs, his therapy has no side-effects, so it’s completely safe.
Talk to your doctor about any sexual issues you’re having and they will work with you to find a solution. You don’t need to be embarrassed about this at all. Erectile dysfunction and other issues are very common, and your doctor has heard it before. Read more on this subject.