What Are Poppers?
Poppers is slang for a variety of alkyl nitrites, particularly amyl nitrite. Poppers are available over-the-counter and come in small bottles. Amyl nitrites are generally used in air fresheners and video head cleaners, but are used as a recreational drug to increase sexual arousal. Poppers used to come in small capsules that popped when they were broken, thus the name "poppers."
Do Poppers Make Sex Better?
Poppers relax muscles such as the sphincter of the anus, which can make anal sex less painful. Poppers also cause blood vessels to dilate, which drops blood pressure and increases heart rate (amyl nitrite was originally used to treat angina and cyanide poisoning). As a result, users experience a flush feeling and increased sexual arousal. The effect lasts for only a few minutes.
Side effects can be headaches or sudden changes in blood pressure.
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What Are The Side Effects?
The side effects of poppers are headaches, decreased blood pressure and potential loss of arousal after a few minutes.
Are There Any Risks?
Poppers enlarge blood vessels and increase blood flow. They can impair judgment, leading to unprotected anal sex. A tear or fissure in your rectal walls during anal sex, combined with unprotected sex and increased blood flow can increase the risk of transmitting HIV.
In addition, poppers combined with Viagra (which also lowers blood pressure) can be fatal.
Are The Sexual Benefits Worth The Risk?
Although poppers provide a rush during sex, the effect only lasts a few minutes. The headaches, which are common side effects, can be ruin the mood for some people. And since poppers often impair judgment, leading to unsafe sex, the risk of contracting HIV is much greater. So, you may want to think twice before opening the little brown bottle. Ask yourself, are the risks worth the temporary feeling?
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