It is not too difficult to come across advertisements about great new dietary supplements that will improve sexual performance, cure erection problems, grow a man’s penis or a woman’s breasts and turn a frigid woman into a playboy bunny. In fact, most people have the notices delivered directly into their inbox.
If you ever bothered reading them (which you needn’t), you would note that these supposedly natural substances promise very tempting remedies to difficult and embarrassing problems. Buying them over the internet allows you to skip the nuisance and expense of speaking to a doctor and getting a prescription for real medications.
Before you consider it, you need to know the facts. These products are not only potentially ineffectual, they are likely to be very dangerous. In a statement made by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2006, the experts warned against products going under the names Zimaxx, Libidus, Neophase, Nasutra, Vigor-25, Actra-Rx and 4EVERON. There are certainly many more such products, since the brands have a strange ability to evolve overnight. To their credit, we must note that their names are very lyrical.
A 2012 FDA warning entitled “Tainted Sexual Enhancement Products” warned for the umpteenth time of hidden ingredients, lack of testing and lacing with unknown quantities of prescription drugs.
The problem begins with their being described as “dietary supplements”. As opposed to medicinal drugs, dietary supplements supposedly do not contain chemical substances, allowing them to dodge the exhausting bureaucratic process of licensing, only dietary ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals or herbs, that we naturally digest from food. They can therefore, ostensibly, be no more dangerous than an overdose of products from your local supermarket. However, the FDA tests found that the labels on these cyber-drugs can be deceptive: the pills often contain chemical components, which are not mentioned on the package, and these chemicals are typically similar to the active ingredients in Viagra, Levitra and other erectile dysfunction meds. Of course, they would not have been stringently tested like conventional meds, nor are we sure that they are as pure as drugs should be when they are made under the proper conditions.
Another critical concern is that men who develop impotence or erectile problems often have problems with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. If these men are being treated with medication, the active ingredients of the two sets of pills can cause a drop in blood pressure to dangerous levels. People choosing to use supplements would have no way of knowing this, because true “dietary supplements” could have no such effect.
Anyone thinking about trying to give their sexual activity a boost, go ahead by all means. But discuss it with a physician to make sure any pills you will be popping will add to your health and not endanger it. The advice of the FDA, if you have already tried the black market variety, is to toss your supply and consult with a health care professional for a check up and to find other options.