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Porn Addiction & ED: How To Fix It

Published : Friday May 13, 2016 | Posted in : Men's Health
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There are rumours that too much porn can lead to impotence. It's a horrible thought but is it true? Well, the medical evidence is weighted in favour of yes.

Thankfully it's fixable, so put that down, pull up your trousers and pay attention. If you want to have a sex life, you'll need to lay off all that porn.

What is erectile dysfunction?

It's when a man can't get an erection, or maintain one. It's a physical problem that can also have psychological issues as its root cause.

Physical issues that cause erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, medication and the after effects of surgery. Psychologically stress related ED, anxiety, including performance anxiety, anger, and a poor self image can affect libido (the desire for sex) and the physical act of getting an erection. Excessive porn is classed as another psychological reason.

How porn much is too much?

If you watch porn and you find it's affecting your ability to have sex, get turned on (aroused) or maintain an erection then it's too much porn. Levels vary with individuals, there's no 'two hours a day is too much' as a cut off point. It's all about your judgement.

If you're seeking out harder porn, increasingly more graphic images and even violence, this can be a sign you're viewing too much porn.

Some people find viewing porn interferes with their daily life. They end up watching porn instead of socialising, skipping work or being late every day due to lack of sleep after all night porn sessions. Watched the film Shame? Yeah, this is an exaggeration, but it's enough of a scare for you to curb the Pornhub sesh for a few days.

Why does too much porn it cause ED?

We're not being a party-pooper here, honestly; there are plenty of studies on whether porn causes erectile dysfunction. One study that questioned 28,000 men and was published by the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine concluded that repeated porn use had gradual but devastating effects.

Years ago, Playboy was the pinnacle of porn. Even the lingerie section in the Next catalogue was decent material and nude photos were about as hot as it got. Nowadays the internet has changed all that; instant graphic images and videos number in their thousands, if not millions, and it's because of the availability of hardcore porn that men are experiencing erectile dysfunction due to overviewing.

Here's why too much porn is a problem:

1. Porn is not real life - Expectations are raised and when your wife doesn't want a three way anal session with your friends that might lead to disappointment, anger and an inability to have sex.

2. Because porn is not real life, it's played by actors - They have plastic surgery, flattering camera angles, fake orgasms, and all the trappings of Hollywood to give you a good show. It's their job to look good!

It can leave some feeling inadequate, particularly in regards to male size issues. Male porn stars are more than well-endowed, some have implants and others cut connective tissues to make their penis more bendable.

3. Excessive masturbation simply means you don't need sex - You've achieved the release you need through porn and masturbating, which could lead to intimacy issues with your partner.

4. Desensitisation - Sexual excitement and orgasms release dopamine - a chemical devoted to pleasure. Frequent exposure to dopamine means the brain becomes less sensitive to it. Therefore sex with a woman (or man) won't produce enough dopamine for sexual arousal.

These changes result in the need for more graphic images to achieve the same level of pleasure as a man did when he was a teenager and spied his topless neighbour for all of two seconds. This leads to 'more, more, more' that isn't sustainable, nor healthy.

But....

Opinions vary. A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine concluded that hours spent using porn did not correlate to erectile dysfunction with a partner. In this study, they found no link in 280 porn-watching men and erectile dysfunction.

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Porn is not all bad

If excessive porn does cause erectile dysfunction, it can lead to people assuming PORN IS BAD. It's not all bad though, you just need everything in moderation. Porn can support a healthy sex life. It's fun, gives you ideas and we all do it, but just like maxing out your credit card or eating so much you feel nauseous, over-consumption leads to regret. Manage your levels!

What about women?

Yes, women can develop porn addiction and this can lead to an inability to orgasm or enjoy sex. Women's porn addiction work the same way as men's. It's that dopamine, self esteem and unrealistic expectations causing the problem.

How to fix it?

Luckily addiction to porn is reversible. Experts say if you stop watching porn, your dopamine levels return to normal within three months.

However, addiction is not easy to beat. We have big brains and it's your brain not your penis that's the issue. If you can't get intimate with your partner, you may feel the only option is porn and that leads to a cycle of porn dependence.

Try these steps to reduce your porn time:

  • If you can't cut out porn completely, start cutting down.
  • View less graphic or violent porn and watch less each day.
  • Limit time you spend alone - a new interest is vital. Make it a healthy one like sports and you'll eventually feel less need to view porn.
  • It's not necessary to tell your partner what's happening, but it may help if you do. It's highly likely if you are addicted to porn, your partner is aware of this and is unhappy with the consequences.
  • Join an online support group, or a support group in person if you'd rather.
  • If you can't kick the addiction then get some professional help. Your doctor can support you with cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling.

Masturbation won't make your penis fall off

Busting one out should never be frowned upon - masturbating is great! - but excessive porn and masturbation might render it unusable. Cut down your porn viewing habits if you have erectile dysfunction. It may help you get back to basics without all the stage scenery and impossibly agile sex performers influencing you.


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