A recent study by VA Boston Healthcare System and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine show that almost 6% of the sexually active college men involved in the study (1,200 college-age men from across the U.S.) reported taking drugs for erectile dysfunction without a prescription. Yet an analysis of these students' sex lives unveiled a paradox: The more erectile dysfunction drugs men took, the worse they felt.
According to the researchers using erectile dysfunction drugs recreationally has the potential to negatively influence one's confidence. This group, the study shows were less confident about their abilities to get and maintain an erection. The recreational users also were less satisfied with their sex lives overall, even if they were satisfied during intercourse.
A Cleveland Clinic urologist Dr. Drogo Montague said these findings confirm what many sexual health experts suspect about misuse of these drugs and can sometimes create these psychological problems.