Saudi Arabia: Popularity and Use of Viagra

 

**disclaimer – this post contains mature and sensitive content.  Read at your own discretion.**

 

I have always promised on American Bedu blog to write posts which cover a broad array of subjects and issues which shed insights and understanding of Saudi Arabia and its people, customs, culture and traditions.

 

Ever since its availability the drug Viagra has been popular and widely used among Saudi men.  I cannot speak for a Saudi man’s virility but a Saudi man likes to be known as being healthy, virile and with strong desires to not only satisfy a woman but to procreate.  For those Saudi men who do have more than one wife and wish to keep all the wives sexually satisfied it can be understood that Viagra would be an attractive option to them.

 

There are also the stories one will hear that Saudi men may be more prone to impotence.  This is based on the environment in which they have been raised prohibiting contact with women.  The premise is that Saudi males after reaching puberty and curious about sexual experimentation will have passing relationships with other men where they learn about their bodies and reactions.  However they realize their actions are wrong and against their religious teachings.  As a result there is a guilt complex and when a man marries may have struggles with impotence.  Therefore they use Viagra in order to sexually perform.

 

It is not surprising to hear that men of all ages, to include those of a senior age, will use Viagra to help them continue to have a satisfying sexual life.  An article appeared on 07 September in ynet.com news which discussed King Abdullah’s health and use of Viagra.  While the King’s age remains debatable; is he 82 or 92; I think it is great that he continues a full and balanced life.

 

Of course governments from all nations are always concerned about the leaders of other nations and how their health and state of mind can impact on bi-lateral relations between countries.  It is not a surprise to hear that the US State Department is tasked with reporting on King Abdullah’s health.  Acquiring details from King Abdullah’s medical files would be viewed as a coup, the more detailed the information the better.  As much as a public figure and leader tries to have control and privacy there will be those who are persistent to dig and acquire information.

 

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15 Responses

  1. one contributing factor to the popularity is how easily attainable they are, Saudi pharmacies sell Viagra, Cialis and the likes over the counter to anyone asking.

    It’s very common for newly married Saudis to suffer from “honeymoon impotence”. The cause can be physiological but in most cases the cause of impotence is psychological. There might be extreme pressure of performing on the wedding night, marriage to a cousin may decrease sexual desire and arranged marriages might cause tension.
    This results in unconsummated marriages.The woman might suffer from pressures too and her behavior would affect the man who is already quite clueless how to interact with a woman. The couple might not even know how to actually perform intercourse!

    These couples are frequents at clinics dealing with male erectile dysfunctions. There might be couples who have been married for months up to a year without being able to consume their marriage because of impotence. And like Carol mentioned some of them might be homosexual or had same sex experiences but they are rare. There are cases where the man has been sexually abused as a kid which might cause the problem too..

    I used to work at a urology ward and heard lots of these stories from the physicians in case someone wonders how I would know such things 😀

  2. Re King Abdullah and Viagra I think it’s a very private issue and best left alone.

    And at his age, it’s about time to quit smoking then!!

  3. I am personally against taking any kind of medication unnecessarily. However, what others choose to do is their business. As I am a relatively young person, I am not sure how old people must feel about sexual dysfunction issues and to each their own. As for my generation, excluding rare unusual cases, they need to try diet, exercise, and choose someone they’re attracted to as a mate. If that doesn’t work,then try various sexual exercises that are intended to increase the sex drive and go from there.

    However, this is my view. What other people choose to do to their bodies is up to them, and ditto for King Abdullah. It’s his business and shouldn’t be all over the news, IMO. But that’s simply my opinion. I don’t think people should smoke and/or get drunk all the time, either, but people do. Because drugs like Viagra can cause heart problems, I really think it’s a bad idea in the vast majority of cases.

    For the inexperienced who are having problems: I really recommend quality sex education, books on foreplay, achieving orgasm (for both men and women), books on different sex positions, including ones where the woman is “in control” so to speak, masturbation and self-exploration (to get oneself comfortable with one’s own body, too), and books on maintaining a healthy relationship outside of sex. There’s no reason why a couple should feel pressured into having sex right away. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, take your time. Children will be around soon enough. Get to know yourself and your partner first: emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Feeling pressured can make such problems even worse.

  4. StrangeOne, do you know any arabs? Well, I know tons and if the woman is “in control,” the first thing the husband wants to know is “where did you learn that?!” Very accusatory, complete with lots of repercussions. So, it’s a lot of years of patience until the couple is comfortable enough w/each other to “explore” & experiment together, or should I emphasize, the woman, can let it be made clear what she wants. Otherwise, sadly, that could work to her DISadvantage.

  5. now a days Arabians are concerns about the sex matter. Once i was with my sponsor’s brothers
    , they were teaching about sex and positions to one of their cousin who will soon be married.
    And i saw two yameni brothers were discussing regarding the sex issue. One of them married and the other one was going to marry soon.
    once i was travelling to Madina, and i experienced that a old egyptian (would be 60 years old) was learning about vigra from a
    So saudi boy (hardly 20 years old) .
    The arabs got the lessons of sex before their marriage. They are very frank about the subject of sex and its rare in our south asia… Sex education is very important.

  6. oh the stories and cases i saw when i worked there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    many a problem was psychological too, my office was flodded with perf issues . It took me quite a while to get used to it . many patients would beg me for medication. I’ve tried to explain to many a patient that there’s no medication to cure lack of sexual desire for a mate . somehow duty only takes one so far i guess . 🙂

  7. RobinRcks,
    Didn’t think about that! 😦 Thanks for pointing that out. I sometimes don’t think about the cultural differences, and in cases like this I didn’t realize it. :/

  8. Thank YOU, StrangeOne, for understanding my comment:)

  9. men came to my ofice with tons of perf issues when i worked there, sadly thee is no medication for lack of sexual interest in your wife , duty only goes so far 🙂

  10. A little porn maybe…….? 😀
    Too bad Dr. Laura Berman was not available in KSA. Perhaps KSA can recruit a Dr. Laura of their own. 😀

  11. Radha- did you encounter many patients with penile prosthesis?
    I couldn’t believe how common they were in VERY old men too!
    Viagra doesn’t work for everyone I guess!

    Were the men you saw with no sexual desire often married to a cousin?
    Here’s a link to a study that found a correlation between consanguinity and low sexual desire in males: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15672966

    And here’s a study from Saudi that found and alarmingly high rate of unconsummated marriages were due to male performance anxiety:
    http://www.partal.com/mares/sexologies/angles/arxius/47/sommaire2.html

    I wrote about how it’s acceptable in the Saudi culture that old men have penile implant surgery so that they can satisfy their new young wives:
    http://blueabaya.blogspot.com/2011/09/saudi-men-and-pressure-to-perform.html

  12. @laylah – let’s just say i saw very many bizarre things there, and leave it at that 🙂 believe me you will never see so many cases for adrologiy as you would in saudi.. both real adn imagined.

    the older they got the weirder the cases, if you are doing research and papers the amount of patients and diff types of cases is a dream come true…

    but then again there’s a lot of denial and blame and a ton of other associated issues going on , there cultural issues hidden behind medical issues and it’s not a easy task separating the 2, i livedc in fear that i would mis-diagnose or miss something under all that secrecy adn cultural bullshit.

    but life goes on…

  13. The cousin thing is interesting, I have read that nature tries not to have close relatives mate by making them sexually unattractive, something with smell or pheromones. Of course if you don’t let people choose their mates for themselves that natural safety-obstruction is bypassed.
    Maybe the ignorant custom of cousin inbreeding programs could cause impotence problems? (besides strengthening other genetic faults and diseases)

    Or maybe the guys watch too much porn? And so the real thing, and a real woman might not excite them anymore? The middle East is reported not only to have one of the highest internet searches for porn, but especially for the most deviant forms of porn… And watching too much weird porn apparently does decrease the desire for ”normal” sex.

    And of course most people who have never seen each other before going through a segregated marriage ceremony, and then shoved into a room and told to get on with it would in no way be romantically interested, let alone at ease.

    Actually I find the whole idea of these kind of arranged marriages to be repulsive and immoral. I am glad to hear a lot of marriages do not get ”consummated” because for the female half of the couple it would be rape.
    It can only be called rape if a woman is forced to have sex with a man whom she does not know, therefore cannot not trust, and most importantly, cannot love.
    So there really should be an embargo to exporting viagra to Saudi Arabia.

  14. Sex education should be mandatory before marriage in ME countries. Men should be taught to focus on how to pleasure his new wife and especially without his ‘pride and joy’ penis. Once he learns to do that without hurting her his pleasure level will increase and his performance anxiety issue will probably disappear. Happy wife, happy life!!! It is so strange to me that in ME countries where the focus is on procreation there is not the same focus on how to do it while respecting and ensuring the needs and pleasure of each partner are looked after.

  15. I agree with you Wendy. I know that many of the youth (early to mid 20’s) do have questions on this issues but either do not know who to ask or are too shy to ask.

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