Abusing drugs like Ecstasy may greatly impact the ecstasy in the bedroom. According to the National Institutes of Health, about five percent of 40-year-old men and 15 to 25 percent of 65-year-old men experience erectile dysfunction (ED). A July 2013 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine even found that one in four men newly diagnosed with ED is under the 40-year-old mark. There are many factors that contribute to why a man can’t get it up such as poor health and lifestyle habits. Here’s another one to add to that list: illicit drug use. Obviously, right? A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has confirmed that the use of illicit drugs, specifically the use of amphetamines, may affect a man’s sex life.
Researchers examined 1,159 males who abused amphetamine or “speed” drugs. It was found that half of the participants believed that using the drugs had no impact on their sexual function. However, the other half reported that the drugs caused “erectile rigidity and sexual satisfaction, enhanced orgasmic intensity, and delayed ejaculation,” Science World Report reported.
Senior author of the study, Dr. Bang-Ping Jiann, said, “Compared
with 211 matched controls, amphetamine users were twice as likely to experience
Amphetamines are a group of drugs that trigger the
central nervous system, and are most commonly used to treat conditions like
ADHD, narcolepsy, and some forms of depression. However, when overused and
abused, it can be both psychologically and physically addictive. The use of
amphetamines can have short-term effects like increasing heart rates,
suppressing appetites, bringing on a sense of happiness or euphoria, and making a
person feel more alert, more in control, and more sociable. The long term
effects include restlessness, insomnia, hallucinations, and aggressive
So, now we know that getting high in one area of life can
lead to getting low in other areas. Here are five other things that can have an effect
Despite popular belief, sex and booze don’t really mix. According
to Everyday Health, alcohol is a depressant. It can decrease sexual desire, it
can cause difficulty in getting it up, it makes it harder for a man to get an
erection and it's an overall mood buster. A 2007 University of Washington study
even found that sober men were able to get erections more quickly than
intoxicated men, and some men who were drinking couldn’t even get it up at all.
If you’re a smoker, kicking the habit may actually have
Viagra-like effects to your penis. In a 2011 study published in the British Journal of Urology International,
65 sexually active male smokers who wanted to quit, first had their erections
measured in a lab, and then were enrolled into an eight-week quit program
involving nicotine patches and counseling. It was found that 31 percent of the
men who had successfully quit smoking by the end of the study had wider, firmer
erections and were able to hit the max level of sexual arousal much more
quickly compared to those who relapsed. Furthermore, initially, 20 percent of
the participants said they had ED at the beginning, by the end, 75 percent of
those who had quit smoking reported that they no longer suffered from ED.
3. Prescription Meds
According to the AARP, drugs are one of the most common
causes of sexual problems, and I'm not talking about the ones people do for fun. In fact, one in four cases of erectile dysfunction can be
traced back to some kind of prescription drug. Medications like statins and
fibrates, for example, which are used to treat high cholesterol, can interfere
with the production of testosterone. Additionally, blood pressure medications
can also decrease blood flow, which can reduce desire, and have a great effect
on erections and ejaculations.
4. Stress and Anxiety
According to Healthline,
stress, anxiety, and erectile dysfunction are like BFFs. They play off each other very well. Having high blood
pressure as well as high cholesterol can increase a man’s risk for having
sexual dysfunction. When a guy is highly stressed and highly anxious, his blood
pressure can increase, thus making his level of sexual ability decrease. As
Healthline points out, stress is harmful to the body and becomes a vicious
damaging cycle. When a man has ED due to stress, it can further stress him out,
which can also lead to more sexual dysfunction issues.
5. Lack Of Good Sleep
According to Everyday
Health, erectile dysfunction has been found in over 60 percent of men with
severe sleep apnea, in which a person stops breathing during sleep due to an obstruction
in the airway of their nose, mouth, or throat. Due to the drop in oxygen, blood
vessels lose the ability to regular blood flow to the penis, which of course is
the basis for erectile dysfunction. Additionally, sleep apnea depresses
testosterone production. However, if proper treatment is done, and people are
getting the right amount of good sleep, they might find their sexual function
issues go away.
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