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5 Famous Men Who Take Viagra

In the United States 18 million men suffer from erectile dysfunction. The condition can become any guy’s reality. Being a famous actor or celebrity doesn’t make you immune. With the advent of effective treatments such as Viagra, celebrities started opening up about their sexual difficulties. Hollywood films and TV shows soon caught up. As a result, ED drugs are no longer such a taboo today.

Hef admitted to taking Viagra on a regular basis

Which famous men have taken the little blue pill? Its biggest public advocate was Hugh Hefner himself. The late creator of the “Playboy” empire had praised Viagra for helping him stay active in bed at an advanced age. “I make love a couple of times a week, and I take the Viagra when I’m going to be making love. I would say at 84 it helps. It’s God’s little helper”, he explained in “NY Times” interview.

The risk of developing ED increases with age. According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study 49% of 70-year-olds have moderate to serious erectile problems. Luckily, there are effective treatments which help men of any age achieve or maintain an erection.

Young stars are using ED drugs recreationally

In the past few years we have noticed a trend for recreational use of ED drugs. Young men have been relying on them to improve sexual performance. For example, actor Zac Efron alluded in Conan O’Brien show to having tried “half of a half of a half of” an erection pill.

Another celebrity Ashton Kutcher said in an interview he had taken the drug recreationally at the age of 26 even though it was illegal without prespcription. Remember that a medical consultation is necessary to make sure you can take the drug safely.

Jack Nicholson relies on Viagra in his bedroom adventures

Movie stars are known for their adventurous erotic escapades. Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson told The Guardian he had taken Viagra when having sex with more than one woman.

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Keeping up with more than one woman is not easy

No wonder he needed backup. The length of so-called refractory period, that is a recovery phase until a man can get erect again, differs widely among men. How long of a break you might need, depends on many factors, such as age and your health condition.

Famous politician played in the first Viagra ad

It’s not just actors who are opening up about erectile dysfunction these days. It’s also… politicians. A handful of men in power have had the courage to admit to struggling with sexual problems.

In the 1990s former Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Bob Dole played in the first ever Viagra TV ad. This campaign aimed to encourage men to seek medical help for their ED symptoms. Dole spoke about his battle with prostate cancer and how it had impacted his intimate life. He admitted that “talking about ED was a little embarrassing but so important to millions of men and their partners” that he decided to address the issue publicly.

It’s great that famous men are breaking the silence around erectile problems. Knowing that it can happen to anyone, even the biggest movie macho or known politician, may be encouraging to guys who feel shy about asking their doctor about treatment options.

Iconic TV show break taboos surrounding ED

Movie and TV fiction have also played an important part in raising awareness about erectile dysfunction. Famous 1990s HBO show “Sex and the City” named one episode “The Man, the Myth, the Viagra”. The plot revolved around a romance of fun-loving PR executive Samantha Jones with a much older man who used pills to keep up with her in bed.

In another season of the iconic TV series Charlotte, played by Kristin Davis, realized her fiancé had ED the day before their wedding. It turned out Trey (played by Kyle MacLachlan) had some blocks to overcome. Approximately 10-20% of cases erectile difficulties have psychological and relationship causes.

There is no shame in asking for help if you are suffering from ED. It is a very common condition that can affect anyone, even Oscar winners and presidential candidates. Modern treatments are very effective and safe. Go to our erectile dysfunction page to learn about your options now.

Anka Grzywacz is a sexologist, reproductive health expert and Certified Sex Coach™. In her online practice she helps busy parents solve their intimate problems.