Well, well, well…Alternative Male Performance Enhansers

All those ads for Ogoplex, Roplex, Stamina RX: Ever wonder if they work?
They promise increased libido, improved erections, longerstamina, and loads of…well…loads. Not even Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra make such claims.
There are over 175 brands on the market. Goodness, so many choices. How is a boy supposed to know whether they work, or, if they do, which one is best?
Well, let’s start first with the unquestioned assumption that a man needs to increase, improve, go long, and shoot far. An old adage comes to mind: If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.
Viagra and the others were developed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. Not getting hard occasionally is not ED. Consistently being unable to develop or maintain an erection is. As well as the inability to develop a “hard enough” erection. As men age and/or smoke, vascularity reduces, blood flow decreases, and so do erections and their firmness. The prescription drugs increase blood flow to the penis and restore erectile function.
Of course it’s not immediate. Popping one of those pills does not immediately cause one to pop a tent. (There is a pellet that can be injected into the urethra which pretty much guarantees a boner in five minutes, but there are riskier side effects, and besides…uh…although some people get off on sticking things up there, most don’t. Enough said.)
Viagra works within an hour (but you gotta’ avoid fatty foods the two hours before) and is promoted as lasting 5 hours (although many people say it lasts longer). Cialis and Levitra are more powerful (targeting a more specific enzyme) and are promoted as lasting 36 hours. There are pros and cons to each drug—some work for some men and not others; some produce side effects in some men but not others. 50% of men who try Viagra quit after a year. (Headaches are the most common side effect.) Nonetheless, the prescription enhancers have become popular recreational drugs among gay men.
Not surprisingly, some “knock offs” have flooded the market—alternative male performance enhancers—and promise more, bigger, and better. Further, they don’t require a prescription and cost less. While cheaper than ED prescriptions that cost over $10 a pill, a 30 day supply of any of the enhancers (it’s a gradual process with these) can run from $15 to more than $50 And if you stop using them, supposedly you stop increasing, improving, going long, and shooting far. Ay, there’s the rub. So to speak.
A guy could spend a fair amount of hard cash before he found any hard results; the “proof in the pudding” method can be expensive. So, here’s our recommendation: As in all matters of the wallet, one should be a wise and informed consumer. To that end, if you have considered trying alternatives, check out the websites below for the results of their four month study of 175 performance enhancers. They list the top 25 and rate their effectiveness on testosterone, libido, performance, and quality. Then take it to your doctor/urologist and ask him/her what s/he thinks. It’s the best way to get more bang for your buck…literally.
• http://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/maleperformancego.htm
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Alex Westerfelt, Ph.D., is the Director of the Healthy Living Project which promotes sexual, physical, and emotional health for gay and bisexual men in the Greater Kansas City area.

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