Sexual Health Friday May 29, 2015

How Can Porn Affect Women's Sexual Behaviour?

We're not talking about a Patrick Swayze tribute montage on YouTube here...

In men, too much porn can cause erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, brought about by changes in the brain. Easy access to porn and the ability to watch it online almost continuously can lead to over-stimulation and de-sensitisation. But enough about men, what about women?

Is It The Same For Females?

It's thought that women generally use pornography with a partner or because they are intrigued about a certain sexual theme. But there are women who become addicted to pornography. A recent video by Oghosa Ovienrioba, a 22-year-old law graduate, gained thousands of hits on YouTube. Many of the comments indicate other women are suffering from porn addiction too.

What Are The Effects?

Some believe watching porn is fine if you enjoy it. With or without a partner, porn can be a great stimulant for your sex life.

Self-Esteem

Usually women 'look good' in porn films, which can lead to body anxieties in women, including worries about genital size and shape. But leaving aside the body aspects of porn, we see porn stars playing out scenes that some women may not be comfortable with. This creates a problem when they feel pressured into doing it because that's what sex 'is'. This is particularly true for the younger generation.

Delayed Orgasm

Too much of a good thing is never wise. Excess viewing of porn can lead women to need more stimulation that they'd ordinarily get from sex. They need the 'hard stuff' to get there. After all, orgasm is mostly in the mind.

Inability To Orgasm

When the level of stimulation needed for orgasm just can't be reached, it's a problem. If we think the feel-good hormones we get from orgasms are addictive, then some women want more and more, just to get the same levels of excitement, as seen with drug users.

Sometimes frequent porn use has led to so much masturbation that the interest just isn't there, or your partner can't do it as well as you can in front of your laptop. With addicts masturbating up to six times a day, they are bound to become adept. Who can compete with that level of expertise?

Changes in Libido

Experts believe that internet porn is making us vulnerable to sex addiction. Although this is mostly aimed at men, women are at risk too. Some statistics say that up to 1/3 of porn site visitors are women.

As with all addictions, porn is capable of altering and even dominating women's lives. This may lead to changes in a woman's libido, whether they want sex all the time, or none at all, neither of which seem particularly healthy.

Research indicates that women are affected by porn in the same way as men are. It leads to changes in appetites, attitudes and practices. If you are having issues with porn do have a chat with your GP, or look online for support.

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