Porn Induced ED: Everything You Need To Know

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In this article, we’ll discuss what porn induced ED is and everything else you should know about it.

Introduction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a genital disability that occurs in millions of men all over the world. They fail to generate an erection. If they manage to, they cannot sustain it for more than a minute at the most. The reasons for this can be anything ranging from a medical condition to consumption habits or post-surgery damage (for prostate removal). Men who are victims of Prostate Enlargement (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia) need to undergo surgery for the prostate gland to be removed.

Often, during such surgeries, the nerves near the penis get damaged and there is no way for the brain to communicate signals of excitement. Consuming excess alcohol can impair the coordination between the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the penile nerves.

This makes it hard for sufficient blood flow to occur towards the penis region. Also, nicotine clogs the arteries and pollutes the bloodstream. This leads to high blood pressure and reduced flow to this penis, leading to symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

Another way of suffering from erectile dysfunction is by watching too much pornographic content. Porn induced ED is an issue more common among the younger generation. Watching excessive porn and indulging in less sexual activity can make it hard for you to prove yourself in bed when the time comes.

When a real-life sexual situation arises, the male can fail to generate a satisfactory erection due to his dependence on digital nudity and masturbating on porn. Although the theory of porn induced ED may be a controversial one, there is quite a bit of evidence that supports it.

Keep in mind, only those individuals become victims of porn induced ED who are watching a ‘hardcore’ amount of pornographic content. This is the reason the brain’s reaction to pornography is affected as well as the brain’s reaction to sexual arousal.

Porn Induced ED: Possible Reasons

The Max Plank Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany studied the relation between years of porn consumption and a significant reduction in grey matter in a section of the brain associated with sexual sensitivity. Guess what? They found a high degree of correlation between the two. In fact, excess watching of porn also made men less sensitive and less excited by basic erotic pictures.

There are several important factors to keep in mind with regards to the dissociation with real-life sexual activity that watching porn comes with. Remember, not every porn consumer is diagnosed with an ED issue, but a part of them definitely is. The perception of sex along with a man’s sexual appetite can easily be altered due to pornography.
Wondering why would pornography cause ED?

In the past couple of decades, youngsters have been the main victims of ED and not the 40 years and older adults. The extreme accessibility to pornographic content has made it a go-to option for youngsters who are used to getting any information they want via the internet. Here are a few reasons why excess porn can lead to ED:

1. Performance Anxiety

What if I cannot satisfy my partner by performing as the man did in yesterday’s video? What if I cannot pleasure my partner to orgasm? What if I prematurely ejaculate once again? All these thoughts are those related to performance anxiety that arises due to higher expectation inducing porn videos.

A man begins to worry too much about his performance in his bed and in the meanwhile forgets to live in the moment. Even if they may manage to generate an erection, ejaculation would not be a long shot for them.

It’s pretty simple actually. If you cannot generate or sustain an erection due to tension about your performance, ejaculatory time, partner’s response or fear – then the issue is stemming from anxiety. Consider it an all-round cycle that has its roots in your thoughts, which develop into emotions and eventually impart bodily responses.

For example – John is in constant thought of possible embarrassment and poor performance in bed with Betty. These thoughts spark emotions of anxiety, worry, and uneasiness. The emotions impart hormonal changes and imbalances within the body, making it hard for John to generate an erection.

The vicious cycle can be broken as long as the male is aware of its existence. Not being aware only pulls you deeper into the pits of ED.

2. Unrealistic Expectation

Pornographic content is made to last long enough to call it a movie. All the characters are in an almost perfect body condition. The women have attractive and desirable figures, whereas the men are usually handsome, have zero pubic hair and have abnormally large penises. Over and above all, they seem like they can go on having intercourse for hours without ejaculating.

These kinds of videos increase your hopes in bed. You begin to believe you can have a similar experience like that porn star on the internet. But the reality of the situation usually proves to be a bummer as you are left struggling to attain a basic erection.

There seems to be a rising relation between the body image of men and their ED issues. All those unrealistic expectations planted in the head due to porn videos will eat up the confidence that a man should be having in bed.

3. Dopamine Abnormalities

You know that emotion when you feel good? It may be after a great film, a hug, a mind-blowing meal or just when you achieve orgasm. That exciting feeling arises due to the release of dopamine in the body. It is a chemical in the brain and is also responsible for sparking a pleasurable sensation within an individual.

The first time an individual watches porn, they get an addicting feeling to come back from more. This happens because of the surge in dopamine during orgasm.

Gradually, as the individual begins to consume more and more pornographic content, the amount of dopamine required to feel the same lengthy and satisfactory orgasm increases by a considerable margin. Thus, men resort to downloading such content and making it easily accessible for a quick jerk to calm their nerves.

Eventually, this leads to an unresponsive behavior by the brain, despite producing and secreting high levels of dopamine. Now, when such men get in bed for sexual activity, they have a tough time to generate an erection as they need visual access to porn to secrete the required level of dopamine.

Often, sexual exhaustion and the ‘annoying’ refractory period issue can also arise. Individuals who are involved in excess consumption of porn videos find it harder to overcome this refractory period and perform another round of intercourse in bed.

Wrap Up

If you think that porn is adversely affecting your ability to generate an erection it may be in your best interest to curb such habits. Keep away from porn and let your brain and body stabilize their connection with respect to the natural occurrence of hormones. Do not be surprised if a medical professional tells you that porn is even more addictive than illegal drugs.

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