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Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

Print version ISSN 0034-7434On-line version ISSN 2463-0225


CALVO-ABAUNZA, Andrés Felipe; RUEDA-MONSALBE, Amanecer  and  CASTANEDA-MARTINEZ, Diego Andrés. Sexual dysfunction and drug use in women: A reciprocal etiologic relationship. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2021, vol.72, n.2, pp.193-201.  Epub June 30, 2021. ISSN 0034-7434.


To reflect on the reciprocal etiologic relationship between female sexual dysfunction and drug abuse, and its implications for practice and research.

Materials and Methods:

A description of the effects and short-term and long-term consequences of drug use in women is presented together with an analysis of whether drug use is the cause of sexual dysfunction or on the contrary, if sexual dysfunction leads to drug abuse. The need to conduct further research into the relationship between these two variables and their clinical implications is also discussed.


Drug use affects female sexual function, hence the importance of initial diagnosis and sexual rehabilitation following chronic use of psychoactive substances; Implementing prophylactic measures in order to reduce drug use during sexual activity and its associated consequences; and expanding research in this area of medical and psychological knowledge.

Keywords : Sexual health; physiological sexual dysfunctions; drug dependency; substance abuse; substance-related disorders.

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