Sex & Drugs

Women are more vulnerable to the effects of drugs and are twice as likely to become addicted as men.

Most drugs and substances can affect hormones and menstrual cycles can become disrupted and in some cases stop altogether. Fertility is also lowered by most recreational drugs.

Drugs can often cause sexual dysfunction. Under the influence (most notably with cocaine) the vagina can become dry and will no longer lubricate naturally. People taking drugs run a risk of suffering damage to the vagina, so if you do have sex while taking drugs, be sure to use lubricant.

Taking drugs will often jeopardise safety and leave you vulnerable. Being high can disrupt your thought processes, which can mean you lack the ability to get home safely. Lowered inhibitions and judgement mean you are more likely to have unsafe sex, increasing the risk of picking up sexual infections.

Lowered inhibitions and poorer judgement could put you at risk of attack. Some drugs can cause black-outs and comas leaving you vulnerable to rape.

If you do take a drug, tell your partner or friends what you have taken in case you run into difficulties. Never mix substances, as this can be dangerous, often causing extreme changes to breathing, heart-rate and consciousness.

Remember - Look after yourself. If through alcohol you temporarily lose capacity to choose whether to have sex or not, YOU ARE NOT consenting.