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Debate: can porn harm my sex life?

Porn-induced erectile dysfunction (PIED) – it’s a thing, now.
Yup, the mainstream acceptance and ubiquity of porn, combined with increased awareness of erectile dysfunction, has created a new medical issue.
But is it really plausible that watching Lexington Steele, Xander Corvus or Peter North will take away your manhood rather than improve it?
And if you’re lacking in the sack, it is directly caused by your porn consumption, or are you just using porn as a scapegoat?
Let’s talk through whether porn might be the cause or the symptom of problems in bed.

TO BEGIN WITH, THE ESSENTIAL STATISTICS.

New Zealanders consume plenty of porn. Pornhub actually has a data / research arm called ‘Pornhub Insights’ which in 2019 reported on Kiwis’ consumption of porn.

• Turns out NZ in 2019 ranked 27th out of 200-odd countries for traffic coming to Pornhub. New Zealand’s rank has increased over the last several years from 32nd in 2017 and 34th in 2016.

• In terms of annual page views per capita, New Zealand recently ranked 13th.

• 40% of visitors from New Zealand are female, well ahead of the world average of 26%.

•The average age of New Zealand’s visitors is 39 years old, compared to the worldwide average of 35.

•New Zealand’s most-searched-for pornstar in 2019 was Blac Chyna, followed by Mia Khalifa and Stormy Daniels.

• 4.25% of pageviews from New Zealand are for gay male content, which is less than the worldwide average of 6%. The larger proportion of female visitors in New Zealand likely played a part in the reduced pageviews; PornHub says its statisticians know women enjoy watching gay porn.

• Lastly, get this: visitors from Gisborne are 36% more likely to view gay male porn compared to the national average.

Anyway, we digress.It’s time for Dogbox to debate the topic…

YES, HERE’S THE EVIDENCE PORN CAN CAUSE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

Out of control sexual behaviour (OCSB) is the term Sex Therapy New Zealand prefers to use instead of PEID. In an interview about the cock-blockin’ topic, intimacy counsellor Angela Rennie told Now To Love last year that porn addiction “Is the biggest addiction society has seen and no one is really doing anything about it.”

“The statistics are eye opening, people are watching pornography from very young,” Rennie opined.

Regular exposure to pornography effectively reprogrammes the brain, leaving a person unable to enjoy normal, healthy relationships or intimacy, Rennie reckons, saying that pornography provides the brain with an artificial version of a natural reward.

“It floods the brain with extra dopamine and then the dopamine hits that a person gets from a natural reward of bonding and sex with a person cannot compare to the dopamine hits they get from high speed pornography.”

Rennie said porn can mean men begin to suffer from erectile dysfunction and are consequently unable to develop genuine connections with others.

Rennie said in relationships, the partner addicted to porn will begin to prefer porn to intimacy with their partner because “It’s quicker, they don’t have to put any effort in, and there is no fear of rejection.”

“And then when the partner finds out their partner is choosing porn over them it affects their body image, they experience feelings of rejection, and a high percentage consider it to be cheating.”

Also there’s the dopamine rush, as diminished dopamine receptors lead an addicted person to extreme porn, kinks, fetishes, and prostitutes “to get the same high.”

So that’s one opinion.

There’s the opinion of Justin Bieber’s onanistic friend, too.

A fella named James Wong – who got a Grammy nomination for writing the song Company for Justin Bieber in 2015 – told TVNZ show Sunday recently that online pornography began as a harmless fantasy and ultimately led to watching up to 40 different videos per sitting in his teens. Wong said he developed erectile dysfunction and “a deep sense of shame” because of the secretive nature of his addiction.

“I couldn’t have a real relationship, because I was developing this insidious relationship with the porn itself,” he told Sunday.

Los Angeles-based sex therapist Dr Robert Weiss told Sunday that PEID is real and becoming conditioned to online conditions (rough, fake, plastic surgery’d) leaves a person unable to get aroused by real-world sex.

Weiss said although not every porn user will become addicted, some will.

NO, PORN ISN’T PROVEN TO CAUSE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

Health Navigator says pornography consumption is not generally a cause of erectile dysfunction – in those words exactly.

However, the authoritative health guide says psychological factors affecting erection include:

• Existing values or attitudes towards sex

• Stress, guilt, depression or fatigue

•Performance-related anxiety about your performance during sex

• Traumatic past experiences including sexual abuse

• Poor body image

•Relationship problems (anger, power or control issues with your partner)

• Problems with communication

• Intercourse less than once per week (which gives twice the risk of developing erectile dysfunction).

Health Navigator notes “There is often a vicious cycle linking performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction. If you still have erections at times and the problem started rapidly (except after surgery), this usually means psychological reasons are involved.”

So basically if you’re caught up in a fantasy world and think you have to be Tommy Gunn, you’re setting yourself up for stress. But does that necessarily prove porn stifles stiffies?

Dr David Ley wrote for Psychology Today that a review of the largest online database of medical literature, Pubmed, shows there is not a single published study linking porn and erectile dysfunction.

“In fact, urologists and researchers have found that pornography viewing is an effective, noninvasive and reliable test for psychogenic erectile dysfunction,” Ley said. “One fascinating study identified that the brain activities of men watching pornography are not significantly different in men with and without erectile dysfunction.”

Tobacco use, alcohol use, and drug use are actually the significant predictors of erectile dysfunction.

Studies published by Prause and Pfaus in Sexual Medicine found that porn use did not predict sexual dysfunction – on the other hand, porn predicts higher levels of sexual responsiveness, Ley concluded.

SO IN CONCLUSION?

It’s just a question of whether the chicken came before the egg.

A man might have a problem functioning sexually, so he consumes a lot of porn to compensate – thereby linking porn with erectile dysfunction.

Or a person might consume so much porn – perhaps from a young age – that they can only get aroused by the things we get in porn, such as bimbo-looking plastic people, minimal foreplay, choking and hair pulling. This again would link E.D. with porn.

Regardless, In The Dogbox wants you to know we want you to get help and have a mutually rewarding sex life.
We’ve written a whole guide helping you work out what to do if you have E.D.

Have a read, have a good time – and please, unless it’s harmful to the actors or to your partner – don’t feel shameful about porn.

https://inthedogbox.nz/how-to-function- with-erectile-dysfunction

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