Effects of ecstasy on pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

Ecstasy can seriously affect human sexuality and/or reproduction. More on the effects of ecstasy on men, women, and children (including those in vitro) here.

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Long term effects of Ecstasy on pregnancy

MDMA impairs sexual performance, in spite of increasing the libido and the perception of greater satisfaction (it makes orgasm almost impossible to reach). But how does ecstasy affect pregnancy? We review here.

Effects of Ecstasy on sex and sexuality

Ecstasy reduces interest in pleasure from sexual intercourse. It causes difficulties in achieving orgasm in both men and women. But MDMA is still used in sexually charged contexts and may encourage unsafe sex. The effects of ecstasy on sexuality can include:

Effects of ecstasy on pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • decreased interest in sex
  • impaired judgment
  • makes orgasm difficult or impossible
  • risky sexual behaviors

Effects of Ecstasy on male and female reproduction

Effects on male reproduction

  • decrease in sperm motility
  • decreased sperm count
  • interstitial edema in testes
  • sperm degeneration
  • tubular degeneration

Effects on female reproduction

  • changes in mood
  • excessive bleeding following delivery
  • high blood pressure
  • loss of appetite
  • sleep problems

Effects on a fetus

  • brain damage
  • fetal growth restriction
  • heart defects
  • limb defects
  • more male births
  • premature delivery

Effects on childhood development

  • long term learning problems
  • long term memory deficiencies
  • lower milestone attainment
  • poor quality of movement in infants
  • psychomotor impairments
  • psychomotor retardation
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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