ED or Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence is the inability to sustain a penile erection during sex for longer periods of time. This may affect one’s sex life and eventually cast a shadow onto other aspects.
The male erection is a complex process that involves the brain, muscles, nerves, hormones and blood vessels. During sexual arousal, blood rushes to the penis and fills the penile tissues to cause an erection.
Some common symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction are:
- Trouble getting an erection
- Trouble keeping an erection
- Reduced libido/sexual desire
These are the most read articles that educate you on PIED:
1. “How can porn-induced erectile dysfunction?” by Medical News Today
An unbiased write-up that shows both sides to the argument is, “Can porn cause erectile dysfunction or whether porn might be helpful with ED?”
This article sheds light on the various studies conducted that support the idea that porn can cause impotency. Although some of these studies only find a weak connection between ED and porn, there is a possibility that porn can be one among other reasons that may cause ED.
Other studies to contradict the above notion are also present but all of these mixed views on the topic only calls for further research.
2. Porn Induced ED: What It Is & 5 Things You Can Do To Recover
Whenever we hear the term erectile dysfunction, it immediately engenders thoughts of above 50 men who lack health. And it has been the case mostly, but now young men are suffering from this as well.
This is alarming. It is young men who are to partner up with their female counterparts to bring on the future generations.
Porn is the main reason among other things that is causing such premature cases of ED.
3. Can Porn Induce Erectile Dysfunction? by Healthline.
This article introduces the term ‘sexual anorexia’ or a loss in sexual appetite and its relation to porn. A survey conducted in Italy showed that increased viewing of porn caused sexual anorexia in teenagers.
Dr. Nicole Prause, a sexual psychophysiologist from UCLA believes her study proves that there is no relation between the number of adult films viewed and erectile dysfunction. She considers that maybe conservatives might have trouble in relation to viewing a lot of pornography and having an ED.
4. ‘Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction: What Every Man Needs to Know’
‘forhims.com’ is a website that is part of an American telehealth company called Hims & Hers Health, Inc. They provide over–the-counter drugs as well as personal care products. They are best known for selling generic meds for erectile dysfunction and hair loss.
The article mentions a study conducted at Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. They found a correlation between excessive pornography use and decreased grey matter.
Loss of grey matter can lead to a loss in cognitive functions and even affect fine motor skills (example: writing). But the researchers also state that this could be a precondition rather than it being caused by porn.
This blog even cites another one of the articles present on this list i.e., ‘Psychology Today’ and stats regarding ED among men. It goes on to name most common causes of Erectile Dysfunction which are related to vascular issues such as issues with blood circulation.
5. This next study that is featured is not just an article but a review paper published in PMC (PubMed Central).
PMC is an archive of journal articles which was developed and managed by NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information).
It is certainly necessary to add a scientific paper to our discussion.
‘Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports’ states that termination of internet pornography can reverse the effects of sexual dysfunction. The paper details that the data collected considers multiple domains such as clinical, biological (addiction/urology), psychological (sexual conditioning) and others.
It is definitely a long read but the abstract gives you a good idea on the data found and the authors’ thoughts on the subject.
6. ‘Pornography Habit Is Linked to Erectile Dysfunction, Research Suggests’ by Everyday Health
An excellent read that mentions several studies and surveys conducted that show a link between increased porn consumption and ED.
More men have reported experiencing dissatisfactory sex with their partners as a result of desensitization to pornography. It has been reported that as men continuously increase their porn usage, they require more and more extreme kinds of porn to be aroused every time. This eventually leads to addiction.
If you have issues with ED or porn addiction, it is best to limit your porn use by using porn blocking apps such as BlockerX.
7. ‘Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction – Psychology Today’
This is a good read that summarizes the content and provides you with key points regarding PIED. Several studies mentioned in the article shows that “Heavy porn users take significantly longer than other men to reach an orgasm with a real-world partner”.
This article mentions the symptoms of PIED and other related facts.
8. ‘What is porn-induced erectile dysfunction (ED)?’ From healthguide is an excellent article that discusses:
- What is PIED?
- Can porn cause ED
- How does porn cause ED?
- Psychological causes of porn-induced ED
- Physical causes of porn induced ED
- How to manage porn-induced ED and others
It talks about how porn disrupts the process of arousal and getting an erection. Porn has known to propagate unrealistic expectations both in terms of sexual activity and in setting unrealistic body standards. This can cause a disconnect from the real-world and their own partner.
Stressing about not being able to perform causes performance anxiety which can lead to a difficulty in having an erection. Performance anxiety is becoming more common due to easy access to porn.
9. Study Sees Link Between Porn and Sexual Dysfunction-WebMD
A study conducted by lead researcher and Urologist in San Diego, Dr. Matthew Christman found “a statistical relationship between porn addiction and sexual dysfunction”. Dr. Christman compares sexual behaviour to highly addictive drugs as it activates the same ‘reward system’ in the brain.
He says that just like drugs you can build a tolerance and dependency towards porn causing a need for increased stimuli. Dr. Christman also stated that there seems to be some apparent conditioning of children when exposed to pornography early on.
Currently porn addiction is being dealt with a similar approach to that of other addictions such as drugs. Peer groups help to create a community among people who suffer from porn addiction.
10. Finally, the last article that needs to be included is ‘What Is Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction and How Can You Stop It?’ by Fight the New Drug.
Fight the New Drug (FTND) is a non-profit, anti-pornography organization that is based in Utah. FTND argues that pornography is a public health issue. Several public figures like Terry Crews, Lamar Odom and Marisol Nichols have supported this group.
The article has a strong view on pornography and calls for immediate action to be taken. It dabbles in topics such as dopamine overload, the brain on porn and even provides a link to a YouTube video that shows an anecdotal dialogue of a person and their experience with porn.
This is article is your complete guide to understanding an unbiased opinion on Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction and all the best literature regarding it.