What is Human Sexuality?
Since the time of effective contraception, sexual morays have shifted, and today the topic of human sexuality has several meanings not just sexual reproduction. Today, the phrase “human sexuality” can mean any one or more of the following:
- Sexual interest
- Sexual arousal
- Sexual fantasies
- Sex drive (sexual desire a.k.a. libido)
- Sexual practices (homosexuality, heterosexuality, non-sexual, or combination thereof)
- Intimate relationships
- Sexual reproduction
In the end, the biological and psychological aspects of human sexuality still revolve around sexual reproductive functions, including the natural drive to bond.
How does heroin affect human sexuality?
The medical profession has known for quite some time, that opiate use, such as heroin and painkiller use, causes adverse effects on human sexuality. The sexual consequences of opiate use is wide ranging, from lack of interest, less arousal and desire; impaired genital response; reduction in testosterone production and fractured DNA. There is yet another, curiously opposing phenomenon that takes place during opiate withdrawal, typically indicated by active sexual interest, heightened sexual arousal and desire for sex; hyper-genital response; and a surge in release of precursor hormones Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH).
Most of the scientific research on animals shows a dose dependent relationship, whereby very low doses of opiates actually facilitate sexual activity and large doses, such as a typical heroin dose, often inhibit sexual activity.