Cocaine And Sex: The Effects Of Cocaine On Sex Drive
Due to cocaine’s stimulant properties, the drug can significantly boost one’s sex drive. Having sex while using cocaine can result in a number of negative consequences.
People who use cocaine often report an increased sex drive in addition to the more standard cocaine effects, such as euphoria, confidence, and increased energy. This strong desire for intimacy can lead to impulsiveness and poor decision making.
Sex On Cocaine
Euphoria and heightened awareness, combined with increased sensory stimulation are just some of the ways that sex becomes more pleasurable on cocaine.
Additionally, a person on cocaine often has increased energy and confidence. Coupled with an increased sex drive, a person is more likely to engage in sexual activity.
Individuals who use cocaine have reported that sex on cocaine lasts longer and that orgasms are more intense.
These positive symptoms tend to wear off as quickly as the effects of cocaine, and there are a number of negative consequences associated with cocaine use and sex.
Cocaine And Sex – Negative Consequences
Some of the effects of cocaine use can result in negative consequences when combined with sex. Whether intentional or not, using cocaine while engaging in sexual activity can be dangerous.
Unsafe Sex And Cocaine
Impulsivity is an effect of cocaine, and in relation to sexual activity, research has shown that individuals on cocaine are less likely to use a condom than individuals who are not, unless the condom is immediately available.
High levels of cocaine over a period of time can result in a person being unable to satisfy sexual desire, which can lead to unsafe sexual activities, multiple partners over a short period of time, and hypersexuality.
Cocaine has also been linked to increased replication of HIV in the blood, according to research.
Sexual Assault And Cocaine
Obtaining consent or assuming perceived consent can be a problem when a person is under the influence of cocaine. The impulsivity and sexual desire connected to cocaine use can cloud the judgement of the person seeking sexual activity.
If both individuals are high on cocaine, engaging in sex can be deemed illegal in the eyes of the law. This is due to the fact that neither party can actually consent to sexual intercourse while intoxicated.
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Rough Sex On Cocaine
Cocaine numbs the body and relieves pain. This can be dangerous when combined with sexual activity. A person may not even realize they are being too rough due to the analgesic nature of cocaine.
Rough sex can increase the chances of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), especially if there is no condom (or it breaks), if any of the delicate membranes tear, and blood or other bodily fluids are present.
Sexual Dysfunction And Cocaine Abuse
While cocaine often increases sex drive, cocaine often results in sexual dysfunction. Many men find it difficult to get and maintain an erection, while women struggle with lubrication and achieving orgasm.
This disconnect between desire and function can lead to extreme frustration on one or both parties, and the individual may engage in aggressive behaviors they would not otherwise.
A common notion is that cocaine will heighten and prolong orgasms. Initially, this may be somewhat accurate, but over time the opposite is actually true.
A long time cocaine user struggles to reach orgasm. A prolonged orgasm can actually result in increased sexual frustration.
Additionally, because cocaine has been linked to erectile dysfunction and other sexual dysfunction in men and women, achieving orgasm may be nearly impossible.
Overall, there are considerable risk factors associated with cocaine use and sex. Unwanted pregnancies, STIs, potential for sexual assault and legal problems are just some of the negative consequences of sex and cocaine.
Cocaine, Sex & Women
Women who engage in sex while high on cocaine are at risk for STIs, unsafe sex, unwanted pregnancy, and fertility.
Cocaine use can not only change a woman’s menstrual cycle, but can actually stop ovulation and damage the fallopian tubes. This can result in absolute infertility. Permanent changes to hormones due to cocaine use can also result in problems with conception.
Cocaine use during pregnancy can cause seizures, migraines, premature birth and in some cases the placenta can detach from the uterine wall, called placental abruption. Stillbirths and miscarriages occur at higher rates in women who use cocaine during pregnancy.
Cocaine use has also been linked to lower sperm count in men, as well as priapism, or prolonged erection. Both of these can result in issues with fertility, and increase the need for medical care.
Cocaine Abuse Treatment
If you or a loved one has been using cocaine during sex, it could indicate a cocaine abuse or addiction problem. Substance abuse treatment facilities are equipped to help a person struggling with cocaine addiction.
Most facilities offer a detoxification program to help flush drugs, like cocaine, from the body while providing supplements and nutrients the body has been without due to substance abuse.
Once detox is completed, a person is strongly encouraged to continue into an inpatient or outpatient program, based on individual needs. During this stage, the person will learn about their own addiction, and the steps to take to maintain sobriety once they finish rehab.
Sobriety is an achievable option, and we are available to offer assistance and guidance to individuals struggling with addiction.Article Sources
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