Can Marijuana Affect Your Sex Life And Reproductive Health?

Can Marijuana Affect Your Sex Life And Reproductive Health?

Here are some ways your lifestyle could change when you add marijuana to the mix

Participants in a Stanford survey were asked how many times they’ve had intercourse with a member of the opposite sex in the past four weeks, and how frequently they smoked marijuana over the past year.

Those who use pot are having about 20 percent more sex than those who don’t, the findings indicated. Of those studied, 24.5 percent of men and 14.5 percent of women said they had used marijuana. Women who didn’t have marijuana in the past year had sex about 6 times during the previous four weeks–that number went up to 7.1 for daily pot users. Among men, the corresponding figure was 5.6 for nonusers and 6.9 for daily users.

While the study’s data may seem to point to a direct correlation between sex and marijuana, the reality of the relationship is not as easily explained.

Below are facts that you’ll want to know about marijuana use and your sexual and reproductive health.

How many people use marijuana?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 20 million adult Americans are current marijuana users. The drug is legal for medical or recreational use in 29 states–a number that could climb.

Can using marijuana lead to more sex?

A new study implies that marijuana is linked to having more of it, but before you smoke up,  keep in mind that the research doesn’t say that consuming more marijuana equals having more sex. A study by Stanford University School of Medicine found a positive correlation between sexual intercourse frequency and marijuana. While the correlation is strong it is not causal.

“Marijuana use is very common, but its large-scale use and association with sexual frequency hasn’t been studied much in a scientific way,” Eisenberg noted.

Can using marijuana lead to better sex?

Sorry to say, marijuana doesn’t seem to impact sexual performance. The medical community has largely indicated that frequent marijuana use may actually impair sexual desire or performance. Nonetheless, the Stanford analysis of more than 50,000 Americans ages 25 to 45 found that using the illegal drug doesn’t seem to impact sexual performance. The findings were published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

“Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency,” Michael Eisenberg, MD, an assistant professor of urology and senior author, said.

Can heavy marijuana use impact chances of conceiving?

If you and your partner are trying to have a baby, beware of the role marijuana use may play. According to a study by the Oxford University Press, prolonged marijuana use may lower a male’s sperm count by nearly a third.

“The men who smoked marijuana more than once a week produced sperm counts that were 28% lower, on average, than those who smoked marijuana less frequently or not at all,” explains

Heavy using has also been linked to erectile dysfunction, but other studies say it stimulates activity in brain regions involved in sexual arousal and activity.

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