Created from combining the words ‘chemical’ and ‘sex’, ‘ChemSex’ is a practice that seems to be on the rise since more and more dating sites have been created. Let’s have a look at this phenomenon that is worrying doctors more and more.
From 15th to the 18th March this year, the 11th French conference on Sexual Health was held in Marseille. During the event, Dr. Jean-Marc Jacquet, addictologist and hospital practitioner warned against a practice that has literally exploded over the last ten years, and in his opinion, isn’t far from becoming an issue for public health.
Known as ‘ChemSex’, this practice that has spiraled in recent years due to a boom in the number of dating apps, involves the user using psychoactive substances to enhance sex as well as their performances and make them feel uninhibited. According to Dr. Jacquet, and echoed by the French website RTL, this way of finding more excitement in sex seems to be more popular with young people from quite fragile backgrounds, but more so in the gay community.
This practice isn’t new, but rather seems to have taken off recently due to the accessibility of these products that can be found relatively easily online. According to the practitioner, engaging in ChemSex also increases the risks of sexually transmitted diseases, serious addictions, a psychotic break (meaning episodes of delirium) and could even increase the risks of death.
Dr. Jean-Marc Jacquet also pointed out that people who engage in ‘ChemSex’ could quickly lose interest in sexual activity that doesn’t involve these substances.
‘How do you go back to playing with ducks in the bathtub when you’ve been surfing on the best waves in the world?’ says the specialist to describe his analysis of people who have experienced this kind of sexual relationship.
People who engage in ChemSex are particularly worrying medical professionals because they don’t consider themselves ‘drug addicts’, says Jean-Marc Jacquet.
‘They see themselves more as extreme sex experimenters’, he concluded, trying his best to inform and better educate this public in order to prevent this addictive behavior.