What is a priapism, and can Viagra Connect cause one?

What is a priapism

It might sound like all fun and games, but if your erection lasts for more than 4 hours, you might be in serious trouble. Oh, and it’s really painful. It’s a condition known as a priapism, and if it happens to you, you need to get medical attention right away. Here’s the whats, the whys, and the what to dos about priapisms.

What is a priapism?

A priapism is an erection that lasts for more than 4 hours, isn’t wanted, and isn’t caused by sexual stimulation. The name comes from Priapus, the Greek god of fertility, who’s always depicted with a huge penis. If left untreated, priapism can cause serious damage to your penis, and may leave you unable to get an erection in future.

The NHS detail the dos and donts if you’re experiencing a priapism.

There are two mains types of priapism, one more serious than the other:

Ischemic priapism

This is the more serious and common type of priapism, and requires medical attention more quickly. If all of the penis is hard except the tip (glans), it’s most likely to be a ischemic priapism. It’s sometimes known as a low-flow priapism, and is caused by the blood being unable to leave the penis, forcing you to have an involuntary erection. It’s also (very) painful.

Nonischemic priapism

Nonischemic priapisms are less painful and less serious. They’ll usually go away on their own, but you should see a doctor as soon as you can anyway so they can assess the situation and decide if you’re in any danger. This type of priapism is usually less painful, and the penis will be erect but not fully rigid. It’s sometimes known as a high-flow priapism, and they occur when they blood to the penis isn’t regulated properly. Nonischemic priapisms aren’t usually painful.

Is a priapism dangerous?

It can be. During a priapism, blood is trapped in the penis. This blood becomes deprived of oxygen, which if left untreated can lead to severe damage to the penis, destroying the tissue, which may lead to long term erectile dysfunction. Basically, if the problem isn’t sorted in 24 hours, this erection may be your last. A doctor will be able to identify the type of priapism you are experiencing and decide the appropriate fix. Most of the time, they will drain some of the blood from the penis (known as aspiration) to encourage blood flow to return to normal.

What causes a priapism?

Priapism is an uncommon condition, but you’re more likely to experience it if you have a blood disorder, such as leukaemia or sickle cell disease. Experiencing a priapism is most common among people who have sickle cell disease as the different shaped red blood cells can block the blood vessels in the penis, making it harder for blood to drain away.

Will taking Viagra Connect cause a priapism?

In a word, no. The chances of having a priapism due to safe Viagra Connect use following your pharmacist’s instructions and the patient information leaflet are very low (less than 1 in 10,000). But like all medicines, the risk increases if you take too much, have an underlying illness you haven’t told your doctor about, or don’t take the tablet correctly. When you purchase Viagra Connect either over the counter or from an online pharmacist such as Eddie, you’ll be asked a set of questions about your health. Answer these as best you can, and follow the instructions in the box, to avoid the risk of adverse side effects.

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