Sexual Dysfunctions and Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

  • Giovanni MartinottiEmail author
  • Emanuela Belfiglio
  • Rita Santacroce
  • Massimo di Giannantonio
Part of the Trends in Andrology and Sexual Medicine book series (TASM)


Substance misuse has a strict relationship with sexual dysfunctions. Psychoactive substances differently affect sexual performances in both sexes, and specific drugs and natural products are often chosen by males and females to enhance their experience and feelings before/during sexual encounters. Moreover, long-term drug users may suffer low libido, erectile dysfunction, and other sexual debilities due to the chronic effects of psychoactives on their body. A further theme of interest for mental health service workers is the intentional practice of sex under the influence of psychoactive substances, known as “chemsex,” and acted mainly among homosexual males. All these issues will be discussed in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Martinotti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emanuela Belfiglio
    • 1
  • Rita Santacroce
    • 1
  • Massimo di Giannantonio
    • 1
  1. 1.“G.d’Annunzio” University, Department of Neuroscience, Imaging and Clinical SciencesChietiItaly

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