A lot of porn? There is a higher risk level for erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction

A lot of porn? There is a higher risk level for erectile dysfunction.

From a statistical survey answered by more than 3 thousand men, the participants who spend more time watching porn are also those who are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction and sometimes less satisfaction from sexual intercourse.

Porn does not always better one’s sex life. Watching too much could lead to a lower sex drive and it associated with an increase in the risks of sexual dysfuntions. This was found by a statistical survey, conducted by questionnaire, with a sample of more than 3 thousand Danish and Belgian men.

The research, conducted by the University of Anvers, was presented at the 35th Annual Congress of the European Association of Urology. A team of Danish, English and Belgian researchers created a questionnaire of about 120 questions for more than three thousand participants. They asked about the frequency of watching pornographic films and videos and about sexual behavior in the previous month, from the frequency of masturbation to that of relations with their partners, and then relating these two factors. Even with such a vast sample, the research is based on questionnaires and not a clinical trial so the results cannot be considered a complete representation of the sexual habits and health of the masculine population. 

Within the study, there were those who watched about an hour of porn a week, those who watched about 15 minutes and those who watch only a few minutes. The researchers found that, in general, those who spent more time watching films and videos were also those who experienced problems of erectile dysfunction. But that’s not all. From the study it was found that only 65% of the participants found sex with their partner more exciting than porn while 20% need to watch more extreme scenes to arrive at the same level of excitement as they found before.

The researchers believe that the increased incidence of erectile dysfunction is in part due to the decline in arousal associated with watching porn. The next step will be to better understand which factors are at the root of sexual dysfunction and conduct a similar study with a sample of women. In the meantime, the authors suggest that even specialists should consider and ask questions to patients suffering from erectile dysfunction about the use of porn to have a more complete picture of the clinical situation.

HFTHQ 20-39
Bibliographical references
"More porn, worse erectile function" - European Association of Urology, 2020

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