Sexual health is a vital part of the overall health of the population. Compromising your sexual health can lead to problems with your reproductive organs, your urinary system and even your immune system in its’ entirety. With conditions like chlamydia, gonorrhoea and even HIV widespread among parts of the population, caution is an important part of a balanced approach to sexual activity.
In the distant past, the likelihood of having access to either a wide range of sexual partners or a wide range of recreational drugs would have been low. Only a tiny minority of members of society would have had the opportunity for either multiple partners or the leisure and access to drugs for pleasure.
In a globalised world where social attitudes to sex are far more liberal than they once were, it becomes relevant to discuss how drug use and the maintenance of sexual health interact.
There are a cornucopia of drugs available worldwide, but some are far more popular than others. An ancient option and perhaps one of the first options for people looking to let down their hair, alcohol is ubiquitous in many societies. Widely used by people from all age groups to allow them to feel more confident and sociable, it is often the case that alcohol is part of the preamble to sex. It can enable men and women to feel empowered to make the first move or reduce their feelings of inhibition about sexual activity. This can sometimes be harmless but it is important to bear in mind that consent and safe sex need careful consideration and this may be more difficult to execute with the impaired judgement that alcohol can encourage.
Viagra is a commonly used sexual aid. It enables men to maintain a robust erection for a longer period of time, even after orgasm. This can be a great help to men and their partners where they have suffered from impotence. Whilst it is comparatively low risk, it must be used with consideration to the health of the individual using it and under the supervision of a qualified medical professional
Poppers, a vaporised drug which is inhaled, causes muscles to relax. It also causes a feeling of temporary giddiness. They were, in early parts of the sexual revolution in western societies, mainly used by men seeking to be the receiving partner in anal sex in order to make penetration easier. They are now more widely used for their muscle relaxant effects during sex. Although they pose limited risks alone, anal sex is a particular risk for the transmission of sexually transmitted infections because of the increased risk of blood to blood contact. This risk holds whether the activity is between partners of the same sex or different sexes. Poppers for sale online are typically where users may obtain them and there has been a noticeable growth within the poppers UK online market.
Cannabis is perhaps the next most popular recreational drug. The stereotyped effects of cannabis include hunger, a feeling of giddiness and euphoria. As with alcohol however, it lowers feelings of inhibition which can increase the likelihood of many people making sexual advances and in some cases increase enjoyment of sex as a result of reduced nerves. Once again though the health effects of smoking cannabis are controversial and the need to remain mentally present for the practice of safe sex through barrier methods of contraception is pressing for those considering sex when taking cannabis.
Ecstasy, the common name for a drug which is a mixture of chemical compound known as MDMA and amphetamines, is sometimes known as the love drug. It promotes a feeling of euphoria and elation which can often induce an intense feeling of connection with other people in the person who has taken it. People on ecstasy can often become extremely tactile, which can lead to greater sexual activity however it can cause problems with achieving orgasm. A potential lack of discrimination about sexual partners and situations adds to a general reason for concern about sex on ecstasy, which has it’s own possibly serious health consequences.
From the information above, it is clear that drugs can have a variety of effects on sexual health. With careful management though, those drugs which are safe and used responsibly may be compatible with maintaining sexual health.