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1999: Viagra 1999.

Viagra has--for better or for worse--affected American marriages and relationships forever.

Consider the wife who welcomes home her 65-year-old husband who has just picked up a prescription of Viagra, has a smile on his face, and asks to resume sexual intercourse after 15 years of abstinence. How will they deal with this new challenge? Enthusiasm? Some couples will enjoy the positive outcomes. Anger? Some will have trouble picking up where they left off a decade or more ago. Will she refuse? Maybe. But she may then risk the possibility that he will seek someone else. And from that point forward, she will carefully count his Viagra pills and check his phone messages.

Consider the wife who asks her physician to phone in a Viagra prescription so she can slip it into her aging husband's bedtime hot chocolate. She may soon find that it is not the aphrodisiac that she had expected. Physicians will have to educate wives like her to the fact that Viagra is not a magic love potion that can rekindle a loving relationship with one small dose.

Physicians who prescribe Viagra must educate both the patients and the partners about its use, they must remind them that foreplay, tenderness, and romance are essential elements that should not be forgotten after taking the pill....

Excerpted from SIECUS Report, Volume 27, Number 3, February/March 1999.

Domeena C. Renshaw, M.D.
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Title Annotation:Forty Years of Growing SIECUS on Sexuality and Aging; Sex Information and Education Council of the United States
Author:Renshaw, Domeena C.
Publication:SIECUS Report
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Mar 22, 2004
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