There are a lot of popular myths surrounding the use of ecstasy and sexual health. One such myth is that once you have sex on ecstasy, you’ll never want to have “normal” sex again. While this is not true, taking ecstasy itself, and having sex while on it, are both advised against.

The Basics

Ecstasy, also known as MDMA or Molly, usually comes in small pills or powder. It affects the activity of a number of the brain’s main neurotransmitters, leading to a significant short-term alteration in happiness and sociability. Users report that they feel less inhibited and more open to new social experiences. However, the effect usually wears off by the next day, and leaves many users feeling low and depressed.

Since ecstasy is often taken at parties and clubs, it is closely linked to sexual activity, and  it is reported to be one of the commonly used drugs for casual sex.

Ecstasy leads to feelings of euphoria, ones that can increase sexual attraction and interest. Many users also report that it increases their sexual drive. On top of this, users may feel an increased sense of relaxation and social ease, making them more likely to interact with potential sexual partners. Yet sex while on drugs is often ill-advised, and ecstasy is no exception.

It can be difficult to get clear consent when either partner is taking ecstasy. The drug can lead to a false sense of confidence and an overestimation of the interest of the other partner. This can lead one partner to make sexual advances not consented to by the other partner.

Ecstasy, like alcohol, can have a negative impact on sexual function. It can make achieving orgasm more difficult for both men and women. Therefore, it may actually make sex less enjoyable and satisfying for both partners, despite the mood-boosting effects.

Putting Yourself at Risk

Those having sex while on drugs are also less likely to wear protection, putting them at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as an increased risk of unwanted pregnancy. Overconfidence and a sense of happiness and euphoria can lead both partners to make decisions without considering the implications.

It can be tempting to look for a drug that will make you more confident and sexually adventurous. Yet taking ecstasy and having sex can be risky for you and your partner, and is unlikely to lead to a more satisfying sexual encounter.