Viagra and pregnancy

Six years ago, an American pregnant with Viagra after the doctors diagnosed her asinfertile. The 36-year-old woman had already been artificially fertilized twice, but her uterine lining was too thin, the fertilized eggs could not implant themselves. She lost the embryos and turned to Geoffrey Sher, Las Vegas. The doctor had already done experiments with Viagra on mice and concluded that the drug could help women build up the womb lining generously.

Four infertile women have participated in Sher’s Viagra experiment so far, three of whom have become pregnant. The results were published in the British Journal of Human Reproduction.

Doctors also use Viagra in pregnant women whose uterus is constricted, slowing the growth of the fetus and dramatically increasing the risk of premature birth – statistically, that’s about five percent of newborns in the UK.

Viagra increases the activity of the enzyme PDE-5, which results in better blood flow to the uterus and placenta, which in turn provides the fetus with better nutrients and oxygen. In Tel Aviv, researchers are currently giving affected women 25 milligrams of the substance, which “brings the unborn a few extra days in the womb,” the “Independent” quotes the researchers.

Legendary the attempts with the help of Viagra not only to help the man to a longer stand, but also to extend the splendor of cut flowers. Plant physiologists from the Israeli Bar Ilan University became famous for their experiments with the stems.

In an article published in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry magazine in 1998, they reported with Australian colleagues that half a milligram of the Viagra substance sildenafil per vase is enough to keep cut flowers fresh for a week longer.

That’s only one-hundredth of the amount contained in a Viagra pill. And it is not only in the case of flowers that Viagra gets its elasticity – even strawberries and broccoli have remained crispier due to sildenafil. “So people and plants are more similar than thought,” says plant scientist Yaacov Leshem.