SEX AND DRUGS DON’T ROCK AND ROLL
There will always be some guy or girl who will trumpet how great their sex was due in large part to an illicit substance. That every aspect of their encounter, from beginning to end, was the best ever, and to duplicate that “best ever,” they would most certainly repeat their drug-then-sex foray.
The simple fact is sex and drugs really do not mix. Drugs can hamper sexual performance both psychologically and physically. Continue reading to find out how the bedroom really is no place for drugs when love is in the air.
THREE OF A NOT SO PERFECT PAIR
Psychology Today states that three of the most common drugs associated with sexual activity, or in some cases, inactivity, are alcohol, antidepressants, and blood pressure medications.
Sexual side effects are usually attributed to the quantity of drugs and/or alcohol one ingests before having sex. But at the same time, those dosages may vary between one person and the next as to how much of a substance a person has to take before they experience sexual dysfunction.
Drug and alcohol tolerance can also become an issue in the bedroom, as your dosages increase, your ability to both give and achieve sexual satisfaction drifts that much further away.
This can compound itself toward a point where you and your partner (especially if they also use) might no longer have an interest in sex. Given this, a lack of sexual interest can lead to a lack of general interest in each other, which can ultimately devastate your relationship.
WHAT SYMPTOMS LEAD UP TO SEXUAL SIDE EFFECTS?
As outlined above, dosages can play a large role in your inability to perform in the bedroom, as can your personal tolerance to the type of drug you are taking.
High blood pressure caused by narcotics such as cocaine and methamphetamine could pose a threat to your ability to engage in intercourse, while depressants can put you and/or your partner completely out of the mood altogether.
Drugs such as marijuana and Ecstasy are stimulants that can cause hallucinations and anxiety, both of which in themselves can cause conflict in the bedroom.
Alcohol and other legal depressants such as Ambien and Xanax could also keep you from arousal, or affect your ability to orgasm.
CAN MY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS DAMAGE MY SEX LIFE?
There is a very good chance that your prescription drug medicine can interfere with your ability in the bedroom much in the way illicit drugs can do the same. If this is the case, consult with your doctor about alternative treatments, or at the very least, if it’s possible to lower your dosages.
You and your doctor may find that not only can a lowered dosage of your prescription perform as well as your current dosage, it might also allow you to once again to enjoy your love life.
SO WHAT’S MY ALTERNATIVE?
Well, unless you need certain medications, such as Viagra, try cutting back on the meds, whether prescription or recreational, that you take before or during sex. Or better yet, try exercising. This will not only get your blood flowing, but also make you more relaxed. Remember, strong blood flow, and a more relaxed and focus frame of thought can work wonders for one’s sexual experience.
Sex is a natural act. Given that, the actions you take up to and during sex should be just as natural. After all, as opposed to a muted and clouded drug-laced encounter, wouldn’t you rather have one when you’re at your most relaxed and focused?
Sure you would.
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- Do You Take Drugs That Might Cause Sex Problems, Psychology Today. Retrieved 2016.