Subjective effects of MDMA ('Ecstasy') on human sexual function

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Sexual function following 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, or 'Ecstasy') consumption was subjectively evaluated in 35 healthy recreational users (20 men and 15 women, aged 21-48 years) with regard to four major domains of sexual activity: desire, erection (lubrication in women), orgasm and satisfaction. Desire and satisfaction were moderately to profoundly increased by MDMA in more than 90% of subjects. Orgasm was delayed but perceived as more intense. Erection was impaired in 40% of the men. It seems that MDMA impairs sexual performance, in spite of enhancement of sexual desire and the perception of greater satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-130
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Dopamine
  • Ecstasy
  • MDMA
  • Serotonin
  • Sexual dysfunction


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