Study reveals Viagra Enhances Fetal Development

ViagraViagra, a drug used to treat men's erectile dysfunction (ED), has been found to help enhance the fetal growth in women. In a study conducted by Texas AgriLife Research scientists on female sheep, the researchers revealed that the drug useful in solving fetal-growth problems in sheep could possibly be used to treat similar problems in humans as well.

According to Dr. Guoyao Wu, AgriLife Research animal nutritionist and Senior Faculty Fellow, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, "Because 5 percent to 10 percent of infants are born as low birth-weight babies worldwide and because fetal-growth retardation is also a significant problem in livestock species, our findings have important implications for both human health and animal agriculture".

The study was carried out based on the research proposal initiated by lead researchers Wu and Dr. Tom Spencer way back in 2003. During the study, expectant sheep were at random chosen and treated with or without Viagra-- sildenafil citrate to find the effect of the continuous use of the drug on sheep.

Results showed that Viagra enhanced blood flow in pregnant female sheep, helping send vital amino acids and other nutrients needed in fetal development. Details of the study appear in the Journal of Nutrition.




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