October 3, 2023

Angela Onwuzoo 

The Use of sex-enhancing drugs without a doctor’s prescription is dangerous and may cause erectile dysfunction, a Consultant Urologist, Dr Gabriel Ogah, has said.

The medical expert disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Reportr Door HealthWise, warning that using unprescribed sex-enhancing drugs to engage in marathon sex is associated with lots of health problems.

Ogah who is Managing Director, of Ogah Hospital and Urology Centre, Fugar, Edo State, said, a lot of young people are now taking sex-enhancing drugs and engaging in marathon sex, warning that marathon sex could lead to death.

He said, “Of course, marathon sex can cause death and ill health. It can worsen your heart disease if you are not fit for it. The use of sex-enhancing drugs can lead to erectile dysfunction 

“Marathon sex can lead to priapism especially when you are taking drugs, it can lead to penile fracture. And both of them can lead to permanent impotence. 

“Priapism is the excessive erection of the penis which does not come down. It is defined as the inappropriate erection of the penis. If someone takes drugs to have marathon sex, the penis may refuse to go down thereafter.”

The urologist noted that the use of overdose of sex-enhancing drugs is dangerous and comes with a lot of risks.

“Chances are high that they will have erectile dysfunction

“Taking sex-enhancing drugs that are not medically prescribed is not advisable. Nowadays, I see a lot of young people who take sex enhancers, they get priapism.  

“This year alone, I have operated on four people who were having sex and their penises refused to come down. 

“The penis becomes long, about 12 inches long, it doesn’t come down at all. You have to operate on them before they can come down.”

Ogah frowned at the rate at which young people get involved in marathon sex and are coming down with penile fractures.

He called for caution during sexual intercourse to avoid harming the penis through the use of sex-enhancing drugs.

He counselled, “Don’t take sex-enhancing drugs which are not medically prescribed. Don’t take any sex-enhancing drugs without a doctor’s prescription.”

Studies have shown that the reasons for using sex-enhancing drugs are broadly categorised into two: for recreational purposes and for also physician’s prescription for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. 

But researchers say it is surprising that an overwhelming majority of men who used sex-enhancing drugs did so for recreational purposes. 

Recreation, they explained is the situation when sex enhancement drugs are used without a doctor’s advice.

According to them, the majority of men bought their sex-enhancement drugs from roadside vendors and over-the-counter vendors. 

In a 2018 study published by the International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences, the researchers said the users of these drugs procure them from the roadside without advice from competent physicians. 

According to them, the practice of using them without doctors’ advice may have long-term health implications for the users. 

“Physicians, especially primary care providers need to pay more attention to the sexual history of their patients to diagnose and manage erectile dysfunctions more frequently. 

“There is a need for public education/enlightenment by government and advocacy groups to address the problems of ignorance and stigmatisation associated with erectile dysfunction. 

“This will go a long way to ameliorate the psychosocial burden of the ailments related to sexual or erectile dysfunction,” the researchers said.

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