There's a binary choice to make in response to the realization that you're getting older. You can either begin or intensify the contemplation of your own mortality; or you can invoke the only line of Dylan Thomas you can half-remember and start doing things that assert that you won't be shrugging on the cardigan of acquiescence anytime soon. For good or ill, as I barrel toward the big , I find myself in that latter category. That's why "chemsex" caught my attention.
MDMA and sexual behavior: ecstasy users' perceptions about sexuality and sexual risk
Ecstasy, sex and STIs | NDARC - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
You already know that smoking weed or drinking alcohol can have a serious effect on your social skills and sex life. In short, drinking makes you horny but less discerning, and smoking can make it seemingly impossible to focus. But how might your sexual experiences be affected by a harder drug, like MDMA? In a study from , Joseph Palamar, the same guy from the alcohol and weed study , took a look at how popular club drugs like cocaine and ecstasy affect sexual performance in a population of club drug-using men in New York City. For this study, Palamar and his team focused just on the gay and bisexual male community — so only male respondents gave feedback. They were all between the ages of 18 and 59, and to meet participant conditions, had to have reported at least six uses of club drugs before or during sex in the prior three months to being surveyed.
This Is What Sex on Ecstasy Is Like
As part of our annual Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System EDRS survey, researchers ask regular ecstasy users about their sexual health, including whether they get tested for sexual transmitted infections STIs , what STIs if any they have, and if they have sex under the influence of drugs. Our colleagues at the Burnett Institute put together the last five years of data — There were some interesting findings:. Rather it is derived from a sample of regular ecstasy users, that is people who have used ecstasy at least six times in the six months prior to the survey.