How Can Using Meth Impact A Woman’s Body?

It’s a well-known fact that a drug’s side effects vary based on who is using them. But is it possible for the symptoms and risks of a drug to change based on the sex of the user? For some illicit drugs, such as methamphetamine, the impact it has on the body may be different for men and women.

What Is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, crystal, speed, or ice, is unfortunately abused heavily throughout the United States. Meth, from the amphetamine drug group, is an illegal substance that causes a very intense high. This drug drastically and sharply increases one’s dopamine levels for a brief and short-lasting period of time. 

Why Someone May Use Meth

A person may start using meth to cope with a mental illness (such as depression) or to feel the “euphoric” sensation that comes from the drug. Since meth rapidly increases dopamine levels, the user will feel a pleasant release and a decrease of inhibitions. Like all drugs, the more someone uses meth, the more they need to get the same sensation from it. This can very quickly cause dependence and addiction, in addition to other physical and mental issues.

Side Effects of Using Meth

The ongoing use of meth can affect the body in many ways; and sometimes, the impact shows up seemingly out of the blue. Addiction, especially to meth, can be a “ticking time bomb” that goes unnoticed until it goes off. Therefore, if you or someone you know has used or is using meth, it’s important to look out for the signs and risks of abuse.

The side effects and dangers of meth use may include:

  • Memory loss
  • Impaired problem solving
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Decreased dopamine cells
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Heart disease
  • Immune system weakness
  • Kidney damage
  • Tooth decay (otherwise known as meth mouth)
  • Unwise sexual activity & STD exposure

The side effects a person experiences will vary based on how long they’ve been using meth, how much they use, and what their sex is. In fact, meth has shown to have more of a negative impact on the female body than on the male body.

How Does Meth Affect the Female Body?

Not only can meth cause physical changes like premature aging, weight loss, and tooth decay, but it can cause very severe problems for women if misused.

Meth affects the gray matter in women’s brains. This gray matter is a part of the physical makeup of the brain, responsible for neuroplasticity and information processing. Gray matter assists with neuroplasticity and helps humans memorize facts, learn new things, gain motor skills, and change & adapt. When a woman uses meth, she is decreasing the levels of gray matter in her brain. This can cause eventual developmental damage not only for the user, but for any future children she may have. 

Dangers of Meth Use for Women vs. Men

Men are typically more likely to develop an addiction to meth because of the high levels of dopamine released in their brain after using. When it comes to men who use meth, they may be affected slightly in several parts of the brain instead of being strongly impacted by one specific part. 

Meth Addiction – Treatment Options

If a woman is experiencing the side effects of meth use, it is likely that she is suffering from an addiction or substance abuse disorder. If you or someone you know has used meth in the past or are currently using it, contact or team of substance abuse professionals to learn about possible treatment options. Treatment methods for meth abuse may include therapy, group meetings, medication, and more. To learn more about the effects of certain drugs, such as meth, on the different sexes, contact our team of medical professionals by calling 267.209.7312.