Many people swear by the concept that the ingredients for an amazingly good time are sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But can you actually enjoy all three simultaneously? While there’s no doubt that you can listen to good music while having intercourse or play your fave tunes while getting high, there is always this question on whether using drugs can affect your sex drive. One particular drug that produces this question is Xanax.
Xanax is a brand name of alprazolam, a powerful anti-anxiety drug under the benzodiazepine class of drugs. It is a more potent benzo drug compared to librium or diazepam (Valium). It is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. When used according to the specific instructions of a medical professional, this drug can be effective in treating these disorders. However, many people use Xanax as a recreational drug. These people find ways on how to get a Xanax prescription and misuse the drugs. As these drugs are not meant for long-term use, this could be the start of a dangerous addiction. This addiction may even push many to buy Xans on the street and on social media, exposing them to fake Xanax mixed with fentanyl.
Aside from the high addiction potential of Xanax, it also has many different side effects. It can cause a user to feel drowsy, tired, dizzy, have problems sleeping, concentrating, and remembering things, have slurred speech, and have poor coordination. One of the known side effects of Xanax is its impact on a person’s sex performance.
Will popping a Xan make you bad at sex?
Like any other drug, the reaction of every person to taking alprazolam may vary. While these side effects may manifest to some people, it may also be possible that other people will not experience these conditions. There is evidence, however, that taking Xanax has an effect on the user’s sex drive.
Xanax And Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability of the male sex organ to maintain an erection. This is often caused by poor blood flow to the penis, which may be due to many different factors such as age, lifestyle, and the existence of a medical condition. While more studies need to be done to prove cause and effect, there is evidence however that suggests the connection between taking Xanax and ED.
According to experts, benzodiazepines like alprazolam can induce a depression of the nervous system, suppress nerve signals, and possibly alter hormones. All these could then lead to changes in the blood flow in the male sex organ and impact erectile function.
Xanax To Heighten Sexual Pleasure
Many people use drugs to intensify their sexual pleasure. By increasing their dopamine levels through drugs, they believe that this could give them heightened euphoria.
So, is Xanax one of the drugs that will improve your sex life? Well, if your goal is to increase your dopamine levels, Xanax does the opposite. As a benzo drug, alprazolam actually inhibits or stops the release of dopamine as it activates the effect of the GABA neurotransmitter. This could lead to reduced libido or sex drive.
There have also been accounts of Xanax users feeling too tired or worn out while on medication so they cannot really perform physically. The side effect of feeling drowsy and dizzy could also result in decreased physical sensations and could make you less receptive to your partner. Instead of making sex feel better, it could actually make the experience much worse. So, if you are planning to get high on Xanax before sex, think again.
Xanax and Sex Anxiety
Are you always anxious about sexual contact? Do you experience panic disorder before sexual intercourse? If you have legit anxiety issues, some experts believe that taking an anti-anxiety drug may help you relax and enjoy sex. This could help you focus on the act and on your partner, rather than being preoccupied with your anxiety issues.
However, this does not necessarily mean that Xanax is the appropriate drug for you. Do not self-medicate, instead, consult a medical professional about your condition and you may be prescribed a less potent benzodiazepine instead of alprazolam.
How to enhance your sex drive, pleasure, and stamina
If you want to have better sex, taking Xanax is not the answer. While some drugs may give you the perception that you are deriving more pleasure, this could be a temporary effect that will eventually result in damaging consequences.
There are other, more natural ways to improve your libido, stamina, and sexual pleasure. Here are some suggestions:
- Exercise to increase physical stamina
- Make sure you are well-rested the night before
- To boost your libido: eat oysters, walnuts, crab, lobster, red meat and fortified breakfast cereals
- To improve erectile function: eat foods rich in flavonoids such as berries, apples, grapes, citrus fruits, hot peppers, cocoa, and tea
- To improve stamina: follow a heart-healthy diet to improve blood circulation including avocado, asparagus, nuts, seafood, fiber-rich foods, and fresh produce
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