NEGATIVE IMPACT OF RECREATIONAL DRUG ABUSE ON SEXUAL FUNCTION IN MEN
Purpose: To assess the impact of recreational drug abuse on sexual function in males
Materials and Methods: Study subjects of recreational drug abusers were obtained from a Drug Abstention and Treatment Center in Taiwan. A written informed consent to join the study was obtained. A self-administered questionnaire, containing comorbidies, sexual history, drug abuse history, global assessment questions regarding changes of sexual function and the Chinese version of International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) were conducted.
Results: A total of 220 subjects were enrolled into study with a mean age of 34 years (18-56 y) from Jul. to Sep., 2006. The main kinds of abuse were heroin (49%) and amphetamine (42%) through the ways of inhalation (61%), injection (33%) or ingestion (20%). Of the subjects, decline in sexual desire, erectile ability and sexual satisfaction were reported in 43%, 50% and 44%, respectively, assessed by global questions. Based on the total score of erectile dormain of IIEF, 42% of the subjects were categorized as erectile dysfunction while their degrees of severity was mild in 14%, mild to moderate 6%, moderate 5% and severe 17%. The erecile ability demonstrated a negative correlation with their duration of drug abuse (p =0.024)
Conclusion: Recreational drug abuse imposes a significantly negative impact on male sexual function, including erection, libido, orgasm and sexual satisfaction. The severity of erectile dysfunction correlated with the duration of drug abuse.