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Preliminary Research from Beijing Links Erectile Dysfunction with Illicit “Party Drug” Use

Sorry guys, if you’re using popular club drugs to get you in the mood, you may actually be doing the exact opposite thing you’re trying to achieve. I know, it sucks. A recent study released by the journal of Sexual Medicine published preliminary results from a study which analyzed the habits of 1,159 males who engaged in illicit drug activities which are commonly found on the club scene. The study zeroed in on stimulants, or amphetamines, including ecstasy. The Siasat Daily quotes lead researcher, Bang-Ping Jiann,

“Compared with 211 matched controls, amphetamine users were twice as likely to experience erectile dysfunction,”  

And it doesn’t just stop there, unfortunately. Men who actively took party drugs during the study reported “reduced erectile rigidity” and diminished sexual fulfillment, according to The Siasat Daily. So what does this all mean? Why do the drugs which induce immediate feelings of euphoria and universal love have the exact opposite effect when guys take club drugs to “get in the mood?”

It’s simple! We have no idea. These preliminary findings are not conclusive enough to make any reliable blanket statements. Others who participated in the study reported having increased libido, spontaneous erections, and difficulty ejaculating. That last bit don’t sound pleasing, to say the least.

It’s too soon to make a grand judgement on the study because those who participated in initial research groups reported a wide spectrum of both positive and negative effects. The Medical Daily says,


“The participants’ frequency of use had some association with its impact on sexual function, while duration of use did not. Those participants who used most frequently were most likely to report an increase in positive sexual function  rather than negative.”


Before you break out MDMA in a laughable attempt to mirror the positive effects reported in this study, why don’t you wait until research is more conclusive? Try grabbing a candle and soft music, that always does the trick.

On a more serious note, amphetamines and club drugs have an exceedingly high rate of addiction potential, and pose a serious threat to the health of those who partake in their use. Extended abuse of stimulant drugs include:

  • Chronic Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Memory Loss
  • Permanent Brain Damage

If panic attacks without a history of them doesn’t phase you, consider that ecstasy was the culprit for 22,498 hospitalizations in 2011, and the catalyst for 1,038 suicide attempts. The National Library of Medicine warns ecstasy use causes permanent damage to critical serotonin receptors and has been the cause of depressive disorders, and the underlying cause for suicidal thoughts and tendencies among users.

How about we just skip the MDMA?

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