Ecstasy abuse and sexual behavior is not uncommon. Often users feel encouraged to have sex while under the effects of ecstasy, because their inhibitions disappear and the body responds to each sensation more acutely. Ecstasy (also called MDMA) is a mind-altering drug with both mild hallucinogenic- and amphetamine-like qualities. On one hand, MDMA is associated with a long list of serious negative health consequences, but, as you can tell by its street name (Ecstasy, Love Drug, Hug Drug, etc.), ecstasy abuse and sexual behavior is popular due to its many positive sexual effects.
The fact that there are contradictory reports on the impact of ecstasy abuse and sexual behavior may have to do with recent studies. The fact that (in animal studies) the effects of ecstasy seem to be related to the both serotonin and dopamine, which have been implicated in both facilitating (dopamine) and inhibiting (serotonin) sexual desire, arousal, and orgasm.
Always remember that drug effects are rarely simple, and there is no true"wonder drug"Â' that will give you every benefit without any drawback. Also, because sex is more than just a physiological process, ecstasy abuse and sexual behavior may impact your psychological and social experience of sex in unpredictable ways.
Ecstasy does seem to increase subjective satisfaction, desire, and sensitivity. But results vary and it may be that sexual response to ecstasy has as much to do with our own sexual predispositions as the drugs (e.g. Ecstasy may enhance sex for people who already enjoy it, but may have less of an impact on people who do not get satisfaction from their regular sex life).
Ecstasy can result in several negative sex effects, including inability to get an erection, delay in achieving orgasm, and a greater likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviors. It has been hypothesized that the increased levels of prolactin in the blood during the use of ecstasy may mimic a post-orgasmic experience, and this may be related to the negative ecstasy abuse and sexual behavior.