Pornography induced erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is when a man is unable to either get an erection or maintain one long enough for sexual intercourse. Not surprisingly, pornography induced erectile dysfunction is a thing now thanks to the popularity of pornography and the effect it has on the brain. Many studies have shown a correlation between pornography and erectily dysfunction and the result is not a good one. As a matter of fact, things can get so bad that you could end up feeling aroused only through pornography. Lets take a look at how pornography induced erectile dysfunction works.

How the brain works

In order to understand why excessive amounts of pornography can lead to erectile dysfunction, we must first understand how the brain works. The most basic working units of the nervous system are these things called neurons. Neurons are tiny cells that are in charge of sending and receiving messages between the brain and the body.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that sends chemical messages between neurons. It is linked to the reward systems located in the front of the brain. When someone experiences something pleasant dopamine is released by the brain, which causes you to feel good. Sex is one of those things that is largely regulated by the dopamine pathway. Since solid erections depend on this pathway, dopamine plays a huge part in sexual arousal.

Too much dopamine

Watching pornography causes a person’s brain to fill with dopamine. When you receive too much dopamine, serious problems can arise. This is because the brain starts eliminating dopamine receptors when it feels overwhelmed. The brain will continue to release the same amount of dopamine when you watch pornography, but you will eventually end up with fewer receptors. This means that watching your favorite naughty movie will no longer excite you as much. You will, with time, need more in order to feel the same way you used to before. This is the problem with pornography induced erectile dysfunction.

Sexual activities

Sexual activities are obviously also affected by the decrease in dopamine receptors. When having a sexual encounter that would typically release a ton of dopamine,  you will begin to notice that the “feel good” sensation is no longer as strong. Too much pornography can make you develop the need to watch more porn to be able to achieve sexual satisfaction. Getting a good erection when being with a real partner can become much harder.


Pornography induced erectile dysfunction can be a serious problem. Leaving it untreated can lead to health and mental problems. And not only that but problems with your partner as well. Pornography is set up to catch the attention of the viewer. We have to remember that a lot of the things that we see on xxx videos do not really work out as well in real life. The things we see in adult films can often set up unreal expectations, making us have trouble achieving excitement through intercourse with real partners. However, you will be glad to know that pornography induced erectile dysfunction is amongst the easiest forms of ED to treat.

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