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A Word About "Poppers"

"Poppers" [also known as nitrite inhalants] are a fixture in most bathhouses. They are small bottles of nitrites that are inhaled through the nose [sort of like sniffing glue]. They are popular with gay men during sex because they do multiple things.

  1. They increase sexual arousal
  2. They relax the "gag reflex" muscle
  3. They relax the sphincter [anus] muscle
Inhaling poppers relaxes smooth muscles throughout the body, including the sphincter muscles of the anus. This causes the blood vessels to dilate (which causes a sudden drop in blood pressure), increases heart rate, and produces a sensation of heat and excitement that can last for several minutes.

The recreational use of poppers is typically an attempt to enhance a sexual experience. The head rush, euphoria, and sensations of relaxation that result from a drop in blood pressure are often felt to increase sexual arousal. At the same time, the relaxation of the sphincter [anus] muscle can make penetration easier. Similarly, a temporary reduction of the stiffness of the erection can also make penetration easier or more comfortable, so long as an adequate degree of stiffness is retained. Some people find poppers can also moderate their gag reflex, which makes giving blow jobs easier. Others report that poppers can enhance and prolong orgasms.

While anecdotal evidence reveals that men can find the experience of using poppers pleasurable, this experience is not universal. Some people report that the smell of second-hand poppers (which delivers a relatively small dose) can cause head-aches and nausea. Some men find that poppers can interfere with their ability to maintain an erection. These undesirable effects occur for most people as exposure increases, reducing the likelihood of an overdose.

Most of the above text was taken from the Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia. At the bottom of the Wikipedia article are many related links for further reading.

Nitrite Inhalants [Poppers]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrite_inhalants
 
Warning: NEVER use poppers with erection enhancing drugs like Viagra. The combination is very dangerous.
 

Nitrites originally came as small glass capsules that were "popped" open, hence the name. Nowadays they are available in small bottles with brand names like Ram, Thrust and Rock Hard. One big sniff and you can immediately feel the effects. They fade after a couple of minutes.

The Effects

  • An initial head rush that lasts a couple of minutes.
  • Sniffing poppers during sex can make orgasms feel like they last longer. And some people say it makes their sexual organs feel massive.
  • May help relax anal sphincter muscles.
But there is a flip side:
  • The effects don't last long and can leave people feeling sick, faint and weak. Especially if taken while dancing.
  • Some people say they have trouble getting an erection after sniffing poppers.
  • Poppers can give you the Mother of all headaches.
  • Some people get a rash around their mouth.
The Risks
  • Poppers are toxic and can kill you if swallowed.
  • Taking poppers is a dangerous idea for anyone with chest or heart problems, anemia or glaucoma.
  • It is very dangerous to take poppers with Viagra or other medications that reduce blood pressure as the combination can cause your blood pressure to drop so low that it becomes dangerous.
  • Don't get them on your skin, poppers burn.
  • They are highly flammable.
Chances of getting hooked
  • Poppers aren't physically or psychologically addictive.

 
Poppers Myth
Discussion site about poppers
http://www.virusmythpoppersmyth.org/


 

 
               
               
               
               
               

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