“Viagra Condom” May Be On Its Way

We’ve all been there. You’re making out. Things get hot and heavy. He’s got his hand under your blouse, and you can feel him stiffen under your touch. The inevitable is about to happen. And then you remember the condom in your purse.

You pull out the condom and fork it over with a “I’m sorry but these are my rules” gaze. He opens it and starts to put it on, and as he does, Mr. Friendly withers.

Well, Mr. Friendly may have a new BFF.
A new condom affectionately nicknamed “the Viagra condom” is nearing regulatory approval in Europe. The condom, which doesn’t actually contain Viagra, is targeted towards men who have trouble getting — or keeping — it up, particularly those who suffer from condom erectile dysfunction, meaning that they lose their erections when they put on a condom.

This article reports that Futura Medical has developed a condom impregnated with a gel called Zanifi, a vasodilator meant to increase blood flow in the penis. “The market they’re aiming for isn’t just men with decreased erectile performance, it’s the guys who perform well enough, but lose the erection while they’re putting on the condom, which is a sizeable number of men,” explained Dr. Keith Jarvi, chief of staff, urology at Mr. Sinai Hospital and professor of surgery at the University of Toronto.

So what do I think?
As an OB/GYN who has treated my share of sexually transmitted diseases, I’m delighted at the idea that this product may actually increase condom use.  If it works, I can imagine that even some happily married men might try this, if for no other reason than that they’re curious! So I imagine the same goes for people with multiple sexual partners and others who would be at risk of sexually transmitted diseases. If there’s anything that will keep chlamydia at bay, I’m a fan!

However, I haven’t seen any safety studies and I worry a bit about the effects of a vasodilator that might have other side effects.

And I also worry about the continued medicalization of sexuality. Yes, if a dude has a problem keeping his erection, it can be a big problem for him, and yes, if something helps him, I’m all for that. But it’s a fine line between treating a medical condition and the pressure both men and women feel to have perfect Hollywood sex.

The reality is that erections deflate, libidos wane, orgasms sometimes evade us. And that’s okay, because it’s real. I hope this condom doesn’t pressure guys to have an always-rock-hard pecker. But if it’s safe, helpful, and increases condom use, it will have my support.

It’s too soon to say if and when this product might be approved in the US, but by then, we should have data from Europe, and we’ll know more.

Until then, guys will have to settle for what we’ve got. And the rest of us will have to keep handing over that condom, knowing that Mr. Friendly might not like it.

What do you think? Is the Viagra condom a good idea? Or does it worry you? Are we putting too much pressure on guys to perform? Or is wanting a good, hard erection our birthright? Tell me what you think!

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Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.comPink Medicine Woman coach, motivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.

 

71 comments

Joanne M.
Joanne M.3 years ago

I have not had this happen either but i would think that if a guy is prone to this perhaps the lady needs to put the condom on. That can make for some interesting foreplay and might mean no medicated condom is needed.

Jean McCarthy
Jean McCarthy4 years ago

Interesting to note if a man genuinely needs such a condom or an inducement for lovemaking. There are some men who enjoy the sheer pleasure of making love and not just counting the hours and I'm speaking of a loving monogamous relationship. Again, there is so much research for ED but the 'post menopause' situations for women are not as widely advertised. Should there not be more effective products for those of us who are well past menopause but yet enjoy sex to the fullest? We also need the variety of gels, natural remedies as our bodies seem to change more radically than most men.

Susan S.
Paul Stephan4 years ago

If it works without side effects, great.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Linda Clarkson Pressman

thanks

Andy O.
Past Member 4 years ago

Whatever helps people be safe!

Lika S.
Lika S.5 years ago

When a condom is used properly, it is very effective in preventing pregnancy and STDs with little to no side effect. If it helps keep the mood up, I'm all for that too!

Patricia G.
Patricia G.5 years ago

If it's for the good of men and women, I'm all for it! Be safe, always! And enjoy life!

Sheila N.
sheila s.5 years ago

Lissa leads her article with the statement "We’ve all been there." Well, um, actually I've never experienced what she described and I'm surprised that it seems accepted as commonplace. It seems to me that if two people are comfortable enough to have sex then the appearance of a condom should be a) expected, and b) not a mood killer.