Doctors are increasingly becoming concerned about the possible effects of internet porn use on men’s sexual health, the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health has said.
Experts believe that that sexual dysfunctions during partnered sex, such as difficulty climaxing (delayed ejaculation and anorgasmia), unreliable or absent erections (erectile dysfunction), and problematic low sexual desire for partnered sex, may be associated with internet porn use, and therefore often reversible with a change in habits.
In a paper published online in “Sexologies”, psychiatrist Robert Porto, MD, President of the European Federation of Sexology, notes that masturbation is generally harmless. However, when excessive and accompanied by cyber-pornography use, it “has been seen to play a role in the etiology of certain types of erectile dysfunction or coital anejaculation.”
It appears that porn users who are not addicted are also at risk for developing porn-related sexual dysfunctions.
A separate study by US Navy psychiatrists and urologists published in “Behavioral Sciences” warns that that internet pornography’s unique properties (limitless novelty, potential for easy escalation to more extreme material, video format, etc.) may be potent enough to condition sexual arousal to aspects of internet porn use that do not readily transition to real-life partners, such that sex with desired partners may not register as meeting expectations and arousal drops.
Another European study reported that problematic porn use is associated with lower erectile function, higher cravings for porn, and reduced overall sexual satisfaction. Half of those surveyed had escalated to internet porn material that was previously uninteresting.
Young people who don’t want to risk developing sexual dysfunctions should avoid persistent internet porn use.