Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction

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Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction

by Romero MD

Original post: Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction

(I had written this post on another thread, but I think it’s also quite appropriate for it to be posted here. This is just a general compilation, made from memory, about what I studied for my master’s thesis. In a few days, I will reread my thesis, and I will edit this post, adding some more relevant and interesting knowledge about PIED.)

My Master’s Thesis at the end of medical school was a systematic review about “Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction”. I analyzed 248 scientific papers, and I wrote 52 pages.

Pornography desensitizes (down-regulation) the limbic system (the brain pleasure system) in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Pornography consumes and eliminates postsynaptic dopamine receptors in the nucleus accumbens, decreasing its ability to activate the erectile penile system with weaker stimuli (real sex, with a real woman).

It is a behavioral addiction that affects your reward system in exactly the same way as a chemical addiction. If you are a cocaine user (pornography, several porn stars, extreme and progressive diversity), your brain will no longer be interested in soft drugs (sexual intercourse, with only one real woman).

And, moreover, just like ANY other drug addiction, pornography also decreases your executive functions, the ability to control impulses, the ability to concentrate and your memory, by decreasing the connection of neurons from the limbic system to the hypothalamus and to the prefrontal cortex. It is an addiction. Period.

And, yes, if you masturbate while watching a lot of women on Instagram, or if you masturbate while reading hardcore erotic literature, although it is not as harmful as video pornography, it will also have some desensitizing effect. You are training your brain to have erections with stimuli that are too artificial or too diverse. Which you rarely have in a normal sexual relationship. So, what happens when you are with a real woman? Erectile Dysfunction.

“Romero, what if I only watch porn 5 minutes a week?” – Smoking 5 cigarettes a week is not healthier than smoking 50. It is just less harmful.

Before the emergence of Online Pornography (2006), the prevalence of Erectile Dysfunction in men under 40 was 2-3%. Currently, it is 33% (data from 2014). No, it is not stress. No, it is not anxiety. The psychological stress of new generations does NOT create a 1000% increase in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction in just 8 years.

Porn is a complete demon. Period.

There is only one thing worse than porn videos. Porn Captions Gifs.

In which you can see a different woman, in a different story and in a different sexual act (which are, typically, the most hardcore 3 seconds of the video from which the gif was taken), every 10 seconds.

They are the absolute overdose for your limbic system.
Your brain (and your penis) were not created to withstand that type of stimulation.

P.S.: Sexting with your wife or girlfriend is not harmful. You are not creating a stimulus that is too diverse or too artificial (visual, auditory or hardcore). Sexting is healthy for your relationship.