The available data suggest that most illicit drugs have adverse effects on erection, sexual desire, and ejaculation latency in male individuals.
This study was conducted for the evaluation of the sexual functions of substance abuse men.
This descriptive study was conducted at the Alcohol and Substance Research Treatment and Education Center. Male individuals diagnosed as having substance use disorder according to DSM-V (n=106) were included as the patient group. A 30-item sociodemographic and reproductive health interview form developed by researchers and the 15-item International Erectile Function Index were administered to all the participants.
It was determined that the most prevalent addiction was cannabis addiction (39.6%) in the substance abuser group, and this was followed by heroin (35.8%) and cocaine addiction (24.6%). It was observed that the substance used by participants at the earliest age (15.81±4.19) was cocaine, and the longest duration in substance use (13.11±9.11) was in the cannabis group. An overall 41.5% of participants stated that they had a sexual problem, and 31.1% of them said they were not satisfied with their sexual life. It was detected that most of the substance abuser men (77.4%) have mild erectile dysfunction (ED) at the rate of 12.3% and moderate ED in 65.1% of them, and the cannabis user group had the most ED (83.3%).
Substance abuse affects male sexual functions negatively. There are limited studies about the effects of substance abuse on male sexual functions in our country. For this reason, there is a need for more extensive prospective studies.
Department of Alcohol-Substance Research, Bakirkoy Research and Training Hospital for Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Istanbul, Turkey
The author declares no conflict of interest.
Reprints: Melike Dişsiz, RN, PhD, Department of Alcohol-Substance Research, Bakirkoy Research and Training Hospital for Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Istanbul 34747, Turkey (e-mail: email@example.com).