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Does Porn Cause Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Here at Men’s Health Solutions, sex drive, performance, and confidence is our specialty. And in today’s day and age, we are blessed and cursed with the world and all the information in it at our fingertips. We’re all men here, we know that pornography is exciting and there’s a bunch of beautiful women, but could consuming too much of it be hindering your own performance?


Yes.


Too much exposure to the extremes of sexual intercourse found in pornography can play a present role in men not being able to “stand at attention” when the time comes. But let’s dive into why this is, and what we can do.


Physical and Psychological Effects of Porn


When it comes to an outside stimulus like porn causing unwanted consequences, there are factors to look at from both a physical and mental aspect. Lucky for you, at MHS, we know how to help with both.


Physically, there are a few changes that can take place:


  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Trouble reaching an orgasm

  • Takes much longer to ejaculate than normal


These side effects have much more to them than just face value. Part of the intimacy part of the relationship starts to decline, but men need to also be wary of the potential mental side effects that can occur as well.


Similarly to the way a person gets a higher tolerance for drugs or alcohol, we can be the same way with pornography. This drives certain triggers in the brain that can rewire what’s going on inside:


  • Reward system in the brain drives recurring behaviors i.e. increased porn use

  • Need more arousing and aggressive images/video to orgasm

  • Disconnected from real world sexual intimacy


When a man has trouble performing, even one time, it can be a devastating blow to his confidence. As a result, a buildup of anxiety around any sexual activity can go through the roof. We shouldn’t want to shy away from sex, we should be leaning into it.


Actionable Steps to Take


Even though things might seem gloomy up to this point, there are measures that can be taken. Current habits will have to be broken, and potential new ones will have to be implemented. Either way, there are things that can be done:


Stop watching pornography - this will help correct the brain’s stimulus in terms of visual images it needs to get aroused.


Reduce the amount of times you masturbate in a day/week - controlling how much you masturbate can help you almost “save it” for when you’re really up to bat.


Exercise (if not already) - it has been proven that regular exercise, particularly weight training, can increase libido (sex drive).


These few changes can help rewire the brain and get it back to equilibrium, if you will, and over time you will start to notice normal, everyday sexual things will get you in the mood.


At the end of the day, this can be a troubling problem for any man, and you shouldn’t have to go it alone. Men’s Health Solutions specializes in making sure your body keeps up with your lifestyle, needs, and the needs of your partner as well.

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