MDMA and Sex

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Many users will abuse ecstasy simply for the 'body high' - the senses of feeling and touch that become intensely pleasurable. This physical sensitivity, paired with the feelings of self-acceptance and empathy for others, can often lead to an increased sex drive and feelings of intimacy. This is why some people consider ecstasy to be an aphrodisiac, or even one of the date-rape drugs. Nevertheless, while MDMA may enhance sexual desire, it also impairs sexual performance. Males may be unable to achieve erection under the peak effects of ecstasy, while both sexes have great difficulty in achieving orgasm. In addition, due to the effects of dehydration and heat exhaustion, both sexes can encounter a lack of lubrication - the number one cause of condom breakage. And because ecstasy lowers inhibitions and can heighten arousal, it can easily lead to risky behavior in which the user would not generally participate.

Sextasy

Throughout the country, and Maryland, there have been reports of a new combination of drugs that has been hitting the streets and club scenes. Ecstasy (a drug with stimulant and hallucinogenic effects) and Viagra (a prescription drug for erectile dysfunction) are being used as one, a combination known as "sextasy" or "trail mix7." Together they produce a synergistic effect where the effects of the two drugs are greater then the effect of each drug individually.8

Ecstasy, which research has shown to negatively effect serotonin levels in the brain, has been found to increase the senses of feeling and touch. This physical sensitivity can often lead to an increased sex drive and feelings of intimacy. However, ecstasy can also impair sexual performance, making it more difficult for males to achieve an erection.9 Viagra on the other hand relaxes muscles within the penis allowing for increased blood flow necessary to achieve and maintain an erection.10

By combining the two drugs users are attempting to defeat the impotence side effect of ecstasy in order to increase sexual performance and functioning. And although having sex may not be the intention in combining Viagra with ecstasy, sex often occurs in these instances leaving both partners open to increased risks of sexually transmitted diseases.11 But regardless, even without the involvement of sex, the mixture of these two drugs can produce severe side effects. One of the most well-known and frequent is known as "priapism," a condition in which an erection can last for four hours, which can lead to permanent damage.12

The most current research involving these two drugs took place in San Francisco where researches found that about 43% of gay men surveyed were using ecstasy in combination with Viagra.


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