Kenyan teens using Viagra

October 7, 2009 12:00 am
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 6 – “Manze inabidi jo. Hizo matembe hunisaidia sana, at least masupa wasinichekelee (I must use them- sex boosting pills- as they boost my confidence so that I don’t become the laughing stock among ladies).”

These are the words of 17-year-old Michael Njuguna, who admits that he uses Viagra and other male sex boosters. At 17, Michael is already hooked to the pills, which are usually prescribed to persons with chronic erectile dysfunction problems.

“I was introduced to the pills when I was sixteen and I don’t see myself stopping. As a man, I need my confidence when it comes to sex. I wouldn’t want any girl or woman to get disappointed by my lack of performance. The fear of being a one-minute man is just too scary for me,” states Michael.

Asked whether he knows the effects these pills have on his reproductive health system, Michael says, “I think the effects will catch up with me later in life but before then, my agenda is to sexually satisfy my lady and retain my ego. It boosts my sexual drive and energy.”

“You have no idea how embarrassing it is when you only last for one minute or are unable to erect. That happened to me once and I wouldn’t want it happening again. As a man you feel very low and can barely show your face in public,” points out Michael.

Michael strongly believes that he needs sex boosters claiming his friends use them as well for the same reasons; sexual confidence and ego boosting.

Do you use the pills with others drugs as well? I pose.

“When I use the pills without taking anything else, I still get my erection but it is much better when you use the pills together with Ecstasy. It makes one loosen up completely and you don’t have to worry about the pills’ harmful effects,” he states.

Michael also adds that he gets the pills from down town chemists in Nairobi, friends, as well as nightclubs, revealing that all the pharmacists care about is money.

“When I want the pills, all I have to do is go to River Road. That is where we get them from and luckily they don’t ask many questions. As long as you pay for them you are good to go,” he adds.

This worrying trend comes at a time when more and more teens are engaged in sexual activities. Ideally doctors ought to prescribe the drugs after conducting full health checks to ensure that a person needs them.

Dr Simon Kigondu from the Nairobi Women’s Hospital confirms that young men in Kenya are using the pills because they think they will perform better in bed. He explains that the possibility of dependence poses a big threat to these youngsters sexual health.

“When you abuse sex boosting drugs, the body gets used to them and it gets to a point where it cannot function without them. The young boys out to seek confidence might just never get it. They think they become better during sex but this is just a misconception. They might never become independent sexually,” he explains.

Dr Kigondu also notes that the drugs increase chances of getting heart attacks if abused. He adds that nose congestion, sudden hearing loss, low blood pressure and a decreased sexual drive are other effects that come with over reliance on the pills.

“When you decide to self medicate you would not know whether you’re getting the real deal or not. You also don’t know what dosage you’re getting as it comes in different strengths. When you are a young and healthy man, there is no need to take these drugs. It is advisable to leave them to people who suffer from erectile dysfunctions,” explains Dr Kigondu.

Viagra (and drugs like it) are designed for men with chronic erectile dysfunction. This is often linked to other health problems such as Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, heart disease, spinal injury, or depression. It can also be due to psychological factors (e.g. past sexual abuse or a current relationship problem).

Unfortunately the manufacturers of sex drugs promote them as ‘lifestyle drugs’ and do little to prevent their wide availability online or similar. This means men often assume the drugs are not dangerous and are sex boosters, which is not true.

It is a fact that Viagra and similar drugs do not enlarge the penis. They won’t make you better in bed and won’t increase arousal. If you have underlying psychological or relationship problems it may not have any effect at all. It may increase blood flow to the penis so you feel you have a harder erection but that will not guarantee sexual pleasure.

Many leading doctors in this area believe the drug’s main effects are often psychological in men so you believe they’ll make sex better so it is.

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