One in three men will suffer from erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. Only a third of these men will seek help for this condition. In Nigeria, men often opt for orthodox and traditional sexual enhancers to treat erectile dysfunction. I spoke to 4 men about their experiences with sexual enhancers.


2020 was a very stressful year for me, perhaps even the worst year of my life. I was dealing with work stress and other issues in my personal life, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown. Because of these, I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Along with therapy sessions, my therapist prescribed ant-depressants. One of the side effects of that brand of anti-depressants was a loss of libido and difficulty ejaculating. Man, it was not funny at all.

I found it difficult to get and maintain erections when I wanted to have sex. When I managed to get hard, I couldn’t cum. I complained to my doctor, he suggested that I shouldn’t take the antidepressants until after sex. This worked initially, but it restricted the timing of my sex. I complained again and he suggested that I take a pill of Viagra just before sex, assuring me that it was perfectly normal for men in my situation to use it. I was hesitant because no man wants to feel like his equipment is not firing properly.

Using it really helped my erection, delayed my orgasms and boosted my performance generally. I wonder why it doesn’t get talked about more often and why more men with erection issues don’t use it. It’s been a year since I started using antidepressants and I’m happy that I’m getting better. I’m even getting weaned off my meds to see if my brain can cope without them. My erections now occur organically, without any enhancers and I’m back to my pre-medication abilities. Still, I don’t shy away from popping a pill when I think the session could do with an extra push.


I started looking for a sexual enhancer when I realised I suffered from premature ejaculation. I had just got into a relationship with someone new and I wanted to impress her, as per first impression. I bought 100mg of viagra from a pharmacy. 

When I used it, it didn’t give make me extra hard nor did it give me an erection after ejaculation. However, I noticed that my recovery period between ejaculation and a second erection reduced from 20 minutes to about 15 minutes. 

I also suffered side effects, like a headache that lasted till the next day. I concluded that sexual enhancers just don’t work for me.


Out of curiosity, I took the popular burantashi

, a herbal medicine just before sex. All it did was irritate my urethra and gave me the urge to pee. It also caused me to produce a lot of precum. It didn’t give me a better erection or make me hornier.


When my wife first got pregnant, I discovered that I couldn’t get or maintain an erection. So I bought a brand of viagra from a drugstore. The pharmacist told me to take one pill, but I have coconut head and I really wanted to get the erection of my glory days back, so I took two at a time. Boy, what a bad idea that was!

I got aroused, but from there on, my problems had just begun. I kept thrusting for minutes on end but I couldn’t cum. My dick was hard but it felt dead. No sensation, no orgasm, just hardness and vibes. It would go down anytime she came and we stopped and rested but then it would get hard again. This lasted for about two days and I had to call a doctor friend to save my life. He advised that I eat meals with heavy fat content in order to slow down my metabolism. I was swallowing egusi and pork meat like my life depended on it.

I haven’t used it since then, and my erections are back to normal. It just turned out that my body needed time to adjust sexually to my wife’s pregnant body. Our sex life pretty much amped up after that. I’m never going to mess with viagra again.

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