Baby, have you taken the pill?

HARARE - They say red hot sex is the best medicine to keep a marriage intact, but the toll from social and economic fatigue usually leaves bedroom life flat.

Realising potential business, dealers have wasted no time providing a “solution”. Zimbabweans are making a dash for remedies ranging from cheese brands with sexually suggestive names to performance enhancing drugs in a bid to save marriages.

Sexual performance enhancing drugs are traditionally designed to rectify erectile dysfunction.

While Viagra, a sexual stimulant drug is the most famous, there are several new products hitting the market, though some are not medically certified.

The world over, male enhancement treatments are popular because of the large number of men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction.

Several male enhancement treatments seem to work but some products have aftermath dangers to users, experts say.

While men appear to be more affected by the loss of sexual appetite and drive, women have also turned to over-the-counter products to enhance sexual satisfaction.

Women are turning to vibrators, lubricants, arousal gels, massage oils, nutritional and herbal supplements to increase sex drive and pleasure.

Shop assistants in local pharmacies say sexual enhancement medicines are selling fast, with different age groups buying them at prices ranging between $5 and $6 per consignment.

Speaking to the Daily News on Sunday, a local pharmacist who preferred not to be named said: “A lot of men come in asking for these pills. Most are young men who like to experiment and last long when they are at it.”

Herbal Chinese treatments, Wild Horse and the Vuka Vuka cheese brand are some of the few choices that Zimbabweans are picking on.

Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe’s president Dothan Moyo said sexual performance enhancing drugs should be given to persons with a doctor’s prescription.

“Performance enhancing drugs should be given on prescription after being advised by a doctor to help treat certain conditions. However, natural remedies can be sold in pharmacies after being approved by the Medical Control Authority of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Moyo said natural products must go through an evaluation process before going on the market.

Local medical doctor Edgar Mhizha says the use of drugs to enhance sexual performance is not on the front banner of national discourse, despite its side effects.

“The side effects range from diarrhoea, dizziness, headache, heartburn, chest pain, memory loss, numbness of an arm or leg to painful or prolonged erection,” said Mhizha.

He advised people with unstable blood pressure or heart disease problems to exercise caution and see a doctor before deciding to take the drugs or herbal supplements.

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