How does Porn-induced erectile dysfunction affect a man’s health?

Porn-induced erectile dysfunction is a new term, which is not a new phenomenon to know. Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition, which is present since centuries. Initially, the treatment was all-herbal.

The modern discoveries of drugs have made it even easier to heal. However, for that, you need to understand the condition first.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is commonly known as ED, and it is a medical problem. In erectile dysfunction, the patient feels the inability to get or prolong an erection. He may lose it in between the sexual intercourse or never achieve it at first place.

Erection is a regular thing, which is due to the prompt blood supply.

Having erectile dysfunction means that the blood supply is low which can not make the penis expand. Thus no erection is achieved.

The typical symptoms of erectile dysfunction

If you doubt that you are also having the problem of erectile dysfunction, check for the following signs. Some of the most common symptoms are;

  • Unable to get an erection
  • Having trouble with keeping an erection
  • Erection for a very less time
  • Reduced libido

What is the relevance between porn and erectile dysfunction?

You might have heard that watching too much porn will make you weak from inside. That is true to some extent. The primary reason for erectile dysfunction among young adults is excessively-watching porn.

Erectile dysfunction hits most of the adult males below 40 years of age. It can hit anyone as early as the puberty hits. The chances to get erectile dysfunction over 40 years of age are minimal.

The increase in erectile dysfunction is often linked with porn. It is thought that most young men become a victim of this health issue due to watching porn. There are even studies to prove this correlation.

These researchers are proof that porn-induced erectile dysfunction is a thing, which is accepted by the medical science. It is scientifically called pornography induced erectile dysfunction or PIED.

A related term with pornography induced erectile dysfunction is pornography induced abnormally low libido. It is more related to feeling less or no desire for a sexual relationship. This is an abnormal condition and needs medical treatment.

How does porn induce erectile dysfunction?

Now that we know how porn and erectile dysfunction are interrelated, the next to see is how does it happen. The evidence suggests that high exposure to pornography, be it of any form, can result in lowering the libido and response in a man.

An even more prolonged exposure can cause him only responsive to extreme sexual and kinky type of acts. It may not be a casual thing to experience, so it induces a frustrating condition.

The desire of extreme sexual experiences becomes so intense that it may cause a severe psychological impact, leaving the person socially isolated and it can even create a depression.

Another common side effect is that the patient may not get sexually aroused even when he is his love interest. In such a condition, only watching the extreme kinky porn can arouse him.

What is the function of our brain in this condition?

The important thing here is to understand the role of our brain in it. Watching porn directly influences the brain leading it to the end, which is erectile dysfunction.

The cells of the brain are called neurons, which are responsible for transmitting the messages to the body from brain. There are quite a number of them, roughly making up to 100billion neurons which work for sending the message.

The message between these neurons is in the form of neurotransmitter, which exchanged between neurons. One such type of neurotransmitter is dopamine, which regulates the communicative mode of information.

These neurons become self-activated whenever the user thinks of something. It is released when you practically do or think about something exciting such as hugging or kissing your loved ones.

In such a condition, the brain releases dopamine, which gives a response to the body, wanting it to be sexually demanding. This pathway of reward plan by dopamine induces an erection.

When dopamine becomes a problem?

This release of dopamine is standard in fact whole this pathway is normal. It only becomes a problem when the brain becomes saturated with dopamine.

The situation becomes worse when the person watches extreme porn, making the brain to sufficiently release dopamine. This overflow of dopamine and other chemicals becomes a problem.

An excessive amount of dopamine deactivates some of the dopamine receptors, which explains why the person gets a partial or no erection at all.

The brain continues to produce dopamine even if some or majority of the receptors are deactivated. The repeated mechanism makes the person no longer aroused to porn or may induce a slow mechanism.

For ordinary people, the sexual activities are sufficient to arouse them, wanting to be loved. For erectile dysfunction patients, this regular stuff is not enough; they have to look at porn to feel continuously stimulated.

Otherwise, they are unable to have or maintain an erection. For this, internet and electronic devices have made it easy to access pornographic stuff. Many men start watching extreme porn, and the situation becomes even more problematic.

It also created problems between man and his partner. The partner may not feel happy or loved. Or she may not be satisfied with the sexual relation. In either way, it causes a destructive effect on a person’s life.

Why is porn available if it is so much problematic?

Porn industry works like the entertainment industry. The purpose of making porn films is to get the attention of the audience. All the activities that you watch are to grab attention and heat up the desire to watch it more.

The performers on porn play often do things, which are practically impossible or are not real. The person watching it can become influenced by it and try to replicate.

In his mind, this would be the real definition of a sexual intercourse whereas it is not. The real-life situation may be different from it and unable to do it will make him dissatisfied.

The regular sex no more fascinates him. This could be a reason to have less interest or losing interest in sex. This condition is called Pornography induced abnormally low libido.

Regular sex no longer meets the person’s expectations, resulting in a decline in dopamine. This can cause some men to no longer be “in the mood.” Men who suffer from ED when in the presence of a partner but have no problems when watching porn are said to have PIED.

Who is at maximum risk of Porn-induced erectile dysfunction?

The people at younger ages are more at risk of having porn-induced erectile dysfunction. If they start watching porn at a very young age, their sexual preferences may change, and they will be unable to enjoy regular sex.

What are the other health issues related to ED?

Porn doesn’t only affect the libido and erections; it can also cause other health issues. The person suffering from PIED can have anxiety, stress, depression, social isolation, sexual dissatisfaction and what not.

Is porn the only cause of erectile dysfunction?

Surprisingly, no porn is not the only reason. The sexual arousal is a complicated process because there are so many things involved in it. The functioning of brain, hormones, love, affection, muscle, and stamina also counts.

Erectile dysfunction can be due to any physical, emotional or psychological distress. Damage to the body can also cause ED. There are some medical problems, which can cause ED as a side effect.

Some of these health issues are as follows.

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Kidney problems
  • Physical injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Surgeries
  • Stress and depression
  • Prostate cancer and others

There are some contributing factors, which increase the intensity of erectile dysfunction. Some of these are drinking alcohol, smoking, doing drugs, overweight, etc. One should keep a check for healthy life choices.

Sources 

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5039517/
  • https://beta.nhs.uk/conditions/erection-problems-erectile-dysfunction/?WT.mc_id=organic_split
  • https://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfunction/guide/erectile-dysfunction-treatment-care
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4506968/Porn-causes-erectile-dysfunction-men-research-finds.html