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Links Between Porn and Erectile Dysfunction in Youth

by Beth Divine 22 Apr 2019

One interesting fact has recently come to light. The more ready access there is to free porn, the more young men are having erectile issues. These can be a failure to get an erection at all, struggling to maintain an erection once it has occurred, or not becoming fully hard and being, therefore, unable to complete the act. While a certain decline in sexual function is only to be expected in men over forty as testosterone levels drop a little, libido reduces and, sometimes, the man becomes a little more fastidious in his sexual encounters, this increase has been noticed in young men, especially those in their twenties, who are traditionally the most virile and constantly ready for sex group of men that there is.

There are several ideas as to why this trend seems to be on the increase:

The first is that there actually is no increase at all: that young men are simply now comfortable with admitting to their occasional malfunctions with their equipment, and are not afraid to seek help. This is actually a good thing, as it means that most sufferers will be reassured that they have nothing to worry about in the long term (most episodes of erectile dysfunction will resolve themselves in time, with good nutrition, plenty of rest and moderate exercise) while those with something a bit more serious will get treated promptly, offering a better prognosis for full recovery.

The second reason is one of rather more concern. Sex, especially orgasm releases dopamine, the feel-good hormone. When people watch porn, that hormone is released – and the more porn that is watched, the more dopamine is released: up to a certain point. After that point, the body cannot keep up the demand for dopamine product and the end result is that men begin to lose their appetite for that ‘feel good’ rush. So in short, watching porn more than two or three times a week can ‘use up’ all the dopamine needed for an enjoyable sex session leaving none for genuine intercourse. The cure is a simple one: stop watching porn for a while and your dopamine reserves should return to normal in a relatively short while.

A slightly more worrisome reason is a rare condition that has only just been discovered. A study of porn consumers has discovered that while women tend to be unaffected by watching porn, using it ‘appropriately’ to get turned on in order to have sex, some three per cent of men somehow have their libidos ‘rewired’ to the point that they prefer to watch porn rather than have sex themselves. Because this condition is so new, it is uncertain as to whether it is a long-term issue, or if it can be ‘reset’ by avoiding porn altogether for a while. Doctors certainly hope that this will do the trick.

So, if you know a young man who is struggling with bedroom matters, there are answers out there: and the condition should be resolvable without the loss of too much dignity!