Can pornography cause erectile dysfunction?
According to a recent study, young men who are regular pornography viewers may experience erectile dysfunction.
Although this might sound like one of those myths parents used to tell their kids to prevent them from masturbating too often, amongst other things. In this case, the so-called myth has more to do with evidence and science than with morals and superstition.
The study conducted by a urology clinic in San Diego concluded that young men who have a preference for pornography over real sexual encounters find themselves unable to perform well when they have the opportunity to have sex with other people.
Watching porn on a regular basis may cause young people to become over stimulated, which leads to the brain chemistry to change ever so slightly but enough to reflect the negative impacts of overstimulation in its dopamine neurotransmitters.
Dopamine is the brain chemical responsible for the feeling of pleasure. As Dr. Morgan Francis -a sex therapist, expert on the subject– explains, people who present a porn addiction are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction given the unrealistic expectations inexperienced people can get from pornographic material.
Francis explained how erectile dysfunction in men between 18 and 35 is increasing due to this issue. The research was conducted amongst men from ages 20 to 40, in which twenty-six percent of the 312 men who participated in the survey, stated they watch pornography less than once a week. 21 percent claimed to watch porn between 3 and 5 times a week whilst the remaining 5 percent said they watch pronography up to 10 times a day.
To determine if someone has a pornographic addiction it is necessary to figure out if they have a problem stopping, even after experiencing the negative consequences. If this behaviour is generating problems with partners or with their interpersonal relationships, an intervention might be necessary.