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Why is taking things slow after taking erectile dysfunction (ED) medication important?

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Time is on your side. You can't take an ED drug and expect to get an erection right away. The medications boost the effects of a chemical your body makes called nitric oxide, which relaxes the muscles in your penis. That improves your blood flow and helps you get an erection.

But for the drugs to work, you need to be sexually aroused. So don't rush things. Take some time to get into the mood. Use all of your senses to get turned on.

SOURCES:

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Oral Medications for Erectile Dysfunction."

Pfizer: "Viagra."

Mayo Clinic: "Erectile Dysfunction: Viagra and Other Oral Medications."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Erectile Dysfunction."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 2, 2019

SOURCES:

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Oral Medications for Erectile Dysfunction."

Pfizer: "Viagra."

Mayo Clinic: "Erectile Dysfunction: Viagra and Other Oral Medications."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Erectile Dysfunction."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 2, 2019

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