THE PORN PREDICAMENT

Can watching pornography cause erectile dysfunction (ED)? It might sound far-fetched but with so many men experiencing ED these days, pornography is being seen as one possible reason. But why porn? How could something arguably designed to cause erections ultimately result in you not having one? One theory put forward is over-stimulation (and we’re not talking of the physical kind).

 

It’s believed pornography’s unique properties such as limitless ‘novelty factor’, potential for easy escalation to more extreme material and that it’s often in video format may be potent enough to condition sexual arousal to aspects of pornography that simply don’t readily transition to real-life partners1. Basically, they’re saying men are becoming used to the ‘un-reality’ of what they see on screen to the point they could find it difficult transferring that same level of arousal to a real-life situation. What’s worse is it’s said the more porn you watch the more sexual stimulation you’ll need to feel and remain aroused2. This could make it progressively more difficult to get or maintain an erection.

 

Now for the good news - there’s no conclusive proof watching porn causes erectile dysfunction. Various studies have been undertaken but the link between the two is unclear. That’s not to say there’s no truth to it, hence why studies are ongoing, but at this stage no one definitively knows.

 

What you should be more concerned about is that you have ED in the first place.

That’s because ED is often the result of serious underlying health conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. So if you are experiencing ED, get to your doctor or prescribing pharmacist ASAP. They’ll have a better understanding of what could be causing your ED and develop a treatment plan to suit.

 

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  1. Brian Y. Park , Gary Wilson, Jonathan Berger et al, Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports, Behav. Sci. 2016, 6(3), 17; Accessed at MDPI,  https://doi.org/10.3390/bs6030017 August 27, 2019
  2. Zawn Villines, reviewed by Janet Brito, PhD, LCSW, CST, How Can Porn Induce Erectile Dysfunction? Accessed at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317117.php, August 27, 2019