Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction: Is this a real condition and what should you do about it?

The inability to get hard during sex is called Erectile Dysfunction or (ED). And ED is a condition that’s associated with older men, right?

Well, not exactly. The very surprising truth is that, in recent years, ED is being reported as a problem affecting men that are under the age of 40. The science on this problem is not completely settled, but many experts believe this new trend can be attributed to watching too much pornography. That’s right…. a tool that has been used by many to enhance their sexual pleasure is actually ruining many sex lives.

Causes of Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction

This form of ED (which is called porn-induced erectile dysfunction) is believed to be the result of being desensitized from exposure to porn. This has happened to such an extent that the normal eroticism of real life– a real woman, a real pair of breasts– does not arouse the normal reactions that a healthy man should have.

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According to a 2014 article in the Psychology Today, men suffering from porn-induced erectile dysfunction are “being rewired to demand unrealistic levels of novelty, stimulation, and excitement”. With advent of smartphones and ubiquitous internet porn, it’s not surprising that the access to porn can lead to excessive consumption that behaves like an addiction. And, like any addiction, over time getting your fix will require a larger amount of the drug. In this case, men find themselves seeking more hardcore and extreme pornography.

So what happens when this desensitized, overstimulated men finds himself in bed with a real woman? Can he appreciate her? Can he even get hard? Increasingly, the answer is no and this is at the heart of this disturbing trend.

What You Can Do

If you’re a man in this situation–or a woman whose partner is suffering from the effects of too much porn– begin by knowing you’re not alone. There are many online forums of people who are in the same boat where members offer each other support. Now that you know you have this problem, you can begin to heal this damage to your sex life. It would also be helpful to visit a sex therapist that can help guide you towards healthier sexual instincts.

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There is not yet a consensus on how to treat this problem but curbing back on using pornography is a pretty good start. Abstinence is best, but at the very least, use of pornography should be aggressively reduced. This can help begin the process of restoring your sexual responses to the normal level.

If you have a a partner, focus on rediscovery the look, feel and taste of her body. How real she is and how joyful it can be to give her pleasure. Focus on the moment, instead of on the barrage of pornographic images in your head.

It can be a frustrating process but, as long as you keep working on it, you will make progress over time. The effort is certainly worth it: sex is one of the most amazing aspects of life. Don’t settle for a poor imitation on your screen when you could have the real thing in your bed.

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/love-and-sex-in-the-digital-age/201401/is-male-porn-use-ruining-sex