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Does Viagra make you horny?

Written by Mojo, reviewed by Medical Doctor Dr Matthew Chan

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The short answer is no, Viagra does not make you horny. We’ll explain more in a minute.

Viagra contains the drug Sildenafil, and is taken as a treatment option for erectile dysfunction. It’s one of several types of ED pills, including Cialis (Tadalafil), Stendra (Avanafil), Levitra and Staxyn (Vardenafil).

In 2019, Sildenafil was prescribed to almost 3 million people in the US. It was built to help men with physical erection issues, but wasn’t built to help sex drive (libido).

Does Viagra make men horny?

To reiterate, taking Viagra will not make men horny. Sorry guys.

If you’re already feeling hot and bothered, Viagra will help you get and maintain an erection, but if you’re just not there psychologically, popping a blue pill won’t automatically turn you on. 

Why doesn’t Viagra make you horny? 

We asked medical doctor, Dr Matt, about the science behind how Viagra works.

“Viagra (Sildenafil) belongs to a class of drugs called PDE5 inhibitors. These medications work by relaxing the blood vessels in your penis, which allows more blood to flow in. Viagra sends blood to your penis and retains it, helping you get and maintain an erection hard enough for sex. But, in order to activate Viagra, you need to feel aroused.” 

Dr Matthew Chan, Medical Doctor

Let’s break this down:

So, in summary, Viagra will only spring into action if you’re already horny, as you need your brain to send blood to your penis for the ED pill to work.

Why Viagra doesn’t work for psychological ED 

Psychological erectile dysfunction is when you can’t get it up for mental or emotional reasons. Some causes of psychological ED include:

All these factors can cause your body to go into ‘fight or flight’ mode, and may also cause your libido to dip. If you don’t feel like having sex and are struggling to get in the mood, then taking a Viagra won’t guarantee an erection. It also won’t help boost your libido (as we now know).

“When your body is in ‘fight or flight’ mode, it’s busy directing blood to your skeletal muscles and brain, and away from the penis. Viagra won’t work in this instance because you’re unlikely to feel horny, and your body isn’t going to be sending blood to your penis, so the medication can’t keep it there.”

Angus Barge, Mojo Co-Founder

Men are often prescribed Viagra, even if they’re having psychological erection issues. If after reading this, you think that you might have psychological ED (or if your libido has dropped), and want to check out a pill-free solution, you can give Mojo’s free 7-day trial a go. We will help you fix the root of your sexual issues, so you can enjoy a better sex life in the long-run, rather than just achieving a one-off, temporary erection.

Does Viagra make you hornier? 

If you’re already horny, Viagra won't make you hornier – in the same way that it won’t get you horny in the first place.

However, taking Viagra might ease some of the pressure around maintaining an erection, it could help you feel more relaxed, and give you more confidence about having sex. By removing the pressure to perform, you might be freed up to feel hornier, and this allows blood to return to the penis.

Remember that this is likely to be an indirect ‘placebo’ effect, rather than the direct impact of Viagra causing you to feel hornier. 

Does Viagra make you horny or just hard? 

Viagra doesn’t make you horny, and it also doesn’t make you instantly hard. If you don’t feel like having sex, then Viagra won’t give you an erection. You have to feel horny for your brain to send blood to your penis, and only then can Viagra help by encouraging more blood flow to your penis and keeping it there (that's how you get hard). 

In a nutshell, if you’re not feeling sexually aroused to begin with, then Viagra won't make you horny or hard. 

You can learn more about how erections work here. 

How to actually feel horny (or even hornier)

Viagra may not get you horny, but there are lots of ways to send your libido skyrocketing and increase your sex drive. By tackling the root psychological causes of your erection issues, you can get hornier, improve your erections naturally, and enjoy a refreshed sex life.

Here are some ways to feel horny: 

Dedicate more time to foreplay

Slow down and focus on foreplay. Try:

This will add a wild intensity and anticipation to your sex life, and help build up your horniness before sex. Watching your partner enjoy themselves might also be the visual stimulation you need to turn you on. 

Erotic exploration

Take some time to experiment with what turns you on:

Notice sensual sensations 

Re-sensitize your body and genitals to the pleasurable sensations that arise during sex. This can increase your chances of feeling horny. You can do this by:

Our ‘Boosting Your Arousal’ series teaches you how to turn yourself on by following these types of exercises. You can explore more by signing up here.

Overcome pre-sex nerves

If you find yourself getting stressed before sex, your brain can become more nervous than excited, and this may mean you feel less horny. Libido begins in the brain, and to get back into your body and enjoy sex, you can use the following methods to overcome nerves and feel hornier: 

Not sure where to start? Here at Mojo, we have an entire course geared towards overcoming pre-sex nerves. We can help you train your brain and your erections to overcome any psychological obstacles getting in the way of the sex you want.

Sexual vigor without Viagra

Popping a Viagra won’t guarantee that you’ll feel horny (or hornier). And, if you’re not feeling horny, then Viagra doesn’t even guarantee an erection.

The good news is, there are plenty of other ways to get you horny and increase your libido overall. 

If you're looking to increase your libido, or overcome any psychological erection issues, we’re here for you. Erections are our expertise, and a better sex life is our promise. Sign up for a free 7-day trial here.

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