What is the position of the Catholic Church regarding the use of "medicines " such as Viagra, Cialis,etc


#1

I find rather embarassing when I watch tv with my family to be bombarded with ads exulting the need for these medicines.Does the church have any position about its use even by relatively young men, as shown in the ads?I suspect they are used as enhancers.
Are these ads making people sin?:blush:


#2

For therapeutic use, these drugs are permitted and in some cases, necessary in order to perform the conjugal act.


#3

Fr. Tad Pacholczyk wrote an article on this very subject.

ncbcenter.org/FrTad_MSOOB_38.asp


#4

Thank you IDUM for this article.

May add other ideas that relate to the same theme?

1:What if the spouse is no longer in the reproductive age?It is not mentioned in the article.
Taking Viagra will no longer serve the purpose of helping with conception.Then I suppose it is still useful in helping fulfill the marital needs.

But will that premise apply to the consumpion of the new medicine,a sort of Viagra with a different name, that is advertised for women? Has the Church pronounced herself on this subject? What again if the woman uses it after reproductive age?Will this be a sin?

2What about if the medicine of Viagra for men has the legitime use of helping fulfil his marital needs,and can solve the problem, but he refuses to avail himself of it, not fulfilling his marital duties.
Is this a sin?
Also I want to comment:
The ads for these medicines are on prime time televison when the family may be watching
the news with the older, teen age children . It is a medical problem best left to the medical office setting.

Please clarify 1 and 2.
Thank you for your time.


#5

I also found those comercials about viagra quite annoying. I do not know the position of Catholic Church to such treatments. However, it is well know that such medication adversely affects male fertility and has other side effects especially in older men.


#6

I find them annoying, as well…they are on earlier and earlier, during family viewing time, and the message, I’m not so sure this drug was created for married men with ED problems…otherwise, why the warning at the bottom that Viagra doesn’t prevent against std’s? Why would a monogamous couple in a longterm marriage need to worry about std’s. I would like to see stats on married men vs non married men buying this product, and the ages. I have a feeling divorced older men wishing to date much younger women, is their main clientele. Just a hunch. Our society’s divorce rates coupled with the rapid success of this drug when it hit the market (I know because I work in the insurance biz), makes it hard to believe that by and large, married men are buying this product. From a Catholic view, as long as the married couple is using it to enhance the marital embrace, ending in intercourse, it is accepted. (I believe)


#7

#8

True, good points…I like your last statement…thanks! That is a good way of viewing it.


#9

Don’t worry about the drug companies; they will begin to decrease their advertising significantly within the next couple of years.


#10

In reading this thread, I see that most situations discussed are of otherwise healthy men using this within marriage. Now I am going to make it more difficult, I think. :frowning: My husband had a vasectomy after our youngest was born. I know, I’ve been absolved of my part in the decision. He isn’t Catholic, but that’s a whole other discussion. :wink: Hubby is also diabetic, and has been for 13 years. He is 43. He is beginning to wonder if the “blue pill” will help things out a bit, diabetes can cause ED.

So my question is, since medically we are not able to have more children because of his vas, which he doesn’t wish to “undo”, would it be sinful in that aspect for us to use the Viagra? Again, we are “open” to life otherwise, it’s just because he’s not Catholic that he is not absolved from his part in the decision to obtain the vas.

Hopefully I haven’t been too confusing here. Just looking for advice. :confused:


#11

I am by no means a theologian or an expert on morals, but I think this would be just fine. It would be supporting the marital unity aspect of bringing you two closer together.


#12

I agree, but I admit I about laugh out loud when they say, “Call your doctor if you have an er*ction lasting more than 4 hours.”

I imagine that would be painful, but can you imagine the reaction our grandparents would have to something that personal being said on TV??


#13

Keep in mind that the original ads for Viagra used ultra-conservative middle-aged Sen. Bob Dole as the spokesperson, and he didn’t talk about whooping it up in Vegas and he and Elizabeth didn’t sit nekkid in old rusty bathtubs. He talked about ED (erectile dysfunction) and how Viagra could help fix it.

My husband and I are in our early 50s. Sex is extremely important to us, even though we are not going to be creating any new lives (unless a miracle occurs, and it could–God is a mighty God!). For us, sex is the way we connect as husband and wife. It’s what makes us more than “roommates” or “best friends.” Heck, I could live with a woman and be “best friends!” Yuck! No, I don’t want my husband to become my male “girlfriend,” I want him to be my HUSBAND, if you know what I mean.

A few years ago, my husband started having some problems with ED. It was pretty scary for both of us. Devastating to him. I insisted that he talk to the doctor, who referred him to an endocrinologist. Turns out his testosterone had dropped to waayyyyy below normal (essentially, he was rapidly becoming my best girlfriend!).

The reason for this turned out to be a small pituitary tumor, non-cancerous, but still blocking the output of testosterone.

So the endocrinologist put my husband on a few rounds of chemo, which shrank the tumor, and lo and behold, his testosterone rose again. All his “maleness” came back in full force, and things got happy again in our house!

We didn’t just sit around and say, “Well, it’s normal for males to become soft as they get older. We should just accept it as God’s plan for men.”

No way! I’m really glad we looked into it. The idea of my husband looking more beautiful than me is kind of disturbing to me!

My point is, when you are young, perhaps it doesn’t seem right that old coots like us would be not only interested in sex, but TERRIBLY interested in sex!

First of all, keep in mind that for the first time in years, we don’t have to worry about pregnancy!

Also, our kids are out of the house, so we don’t have to “be quiet.” Let the bedsprings squeak all they want!

Try to keep in mind that for many of us, the 50s and 60s are times when we are still basically pretty healthy and mobile, but we see the signs of encroaching age and disability and it’s scary and we want to make the most of these good years, including have sex while we can.

In my case, my knees are getting more and more painful, and I am heartbroken that all my dreams of touring quaint little towns and Victorian homes and antique stores are gone. I can barely stand long enough to finish my grocery shopping. I see myself not walking in the near future.

In my husband’s case, he is trying desperately to pass all his ice dancing tests before he gets too old to be able to do the elements. (The spirit is willing, but the knees are weak, and ice dancing requires really good knees!).

My husband also looks at the stats for heart disease and stroke for men in his job (completely sedentary). Not very encouraging.

Sex is something that we can both still do and do well, and we kind of want it to stay that way as long as possible.

And that’s why those ads are so…sexy. That’s what WE want US to be like–sexy and fun and young (at least in bed).

Again, when you’re already sexy and fun and young, it’s maybe hard for you to follow this. But we see the end coming up real fast, and we would like to remain lovers for as long as possible. OK?

I hope I’ve explained this well. If it sounds garbled, well, it’s hard to say exactly what I mean without getting it “bleeped” out of CAF!

I agree, it’s too bad the ads are on TV, but IMO, it’s too bad that ANY prescription drug ads are on TV or in magazines. No wonder our RXs cost so darn much! The docs are supposed to KNOW about these drugs, and with internet, we can all look online and discover drugs and “ask our doctor if they are right for us.” There is absolutely no need for pharmaceutical companies to spend money on expensive television and print ads for products that are prescribed.


#14

Spot on…:thumbsup:


#15

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I also found those comercials about viagra quite annoying. I do not know the position of Catholic Church to such treatments. However, it is well know that such medication adversely affects male fertility and has other side effects especially in older men.

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These ads are saving lives by getting men with ED to go to their doctors. ED is often a symptom of cardiovascular disease. Doctors now check heart and vascular health when a patient reports symptoms of erectile disease (formerly known as erectile dysfunction).


#16

As far as "young men go" excessive pornography use can result in erectile dysfunction also. Though I suppose that is a whole other issue with regards to sin. I don't know the churches position but I have no problem personally with the little blue pills or those who take them. I was annoyed that I had to explain to my 9 year old what erectile dysfunction is thanks to the commercials.


#17

You might want to start a new thread, considering this one is 3 years old.


#18

[quote="maryjk, post:17, topic:146428"]
You might want to start a new thread, considering this one is 3 years old.

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OOOPS, I gotta start lookin at those pesky dates. :banghead: TY


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