What you need to know about sexual boosters

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But beware: these sexual enhancers are not regulated. Users don’t know their pharmacological composition, whether they work or what possible side effects to expect. So you need to be clued up on which ones are safe to use and what really works.

What are sexual enhancers?

Sexual enhancers are drugs used to remedy erectile dysfunction and increase sexual arousal and desire. Increased stamina is one of the top benefits of sexual boosters, says Elna Carstens, a Joburg-based sex expert. “They enable the user to last longer in bed and to better satisfy his partner". 

Do they really work?

A Pretoria-based certified sexologist Elmari Mulder Craig says "If a woman’s testosterone level is too low she’ll have a lock on sexual desire,” Craig says. 

But, it seems like the efficiency of these enhancers depends on your body, as Zuzile Mntambo, 32, experienced. Her husband had his prostate gland removed as part of his cancer treatment. She advised him to try sexual enhancers, but nothing good came out of it. “He began with Viagra but did not have a good result. Next, he tried penile injections without success. He then moved to the pump with a ring, and that worked.  However, it was not spontaneous or romantic,” Zuzile remembers. “Three years into the journey he decided to have implant surgery and this resulted in the return of spontaneous lovemaking without pills, injections, or pumps,” she explains.

How safe are they?

South Africans are among the biggest consumers of sexual enhancers on the black market. These products range from effective to very dangerous, although no deaths have yet been reported. Their effectiveness vary from person to person.

It’s important to first consult your doctor before taking any pills if you have an existing medical condition such as hypertension or diabetes, Craig suggests. “Your doctor may even prescribe an alternative or natural pill to improve your sexual performance. After all, you don’t want to put your health or life on the line for a bigger penis,” she cautions. 

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