Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that primarily affects a man’s sexual performance. In this case, the man is unable to achieve an erection firm enough for sexual penetration. This among the most common challenges that men face especially as they grow older (1). It can take a heavy toll on how they feel about themselves. 

There have been some arguments about the link between porn and erectile dysfunction. Some people believe that porn could cause a man to suffer from erectile problems with others arguing that watching porn might actually be a solution for the same problem. However, ED carries with it a mental and physical toll on a patient, which will be discussed below. 

What You Need To Know About ED and Its Causes

How Does ED Occur?

ED is regarded as a complex condition that is linked to a myriad of possible causes. Sometimes, it might be an effect of emotional constraints that emanate from personal perception and relationships (2). In most cases, there isn’t one definite cause of ED. Pornography is sometimes regarded as a possible cause especially for those who live by religious ethics. 

Research has revealed that watching porn can possibly inhibit your response to sex (3). This is mainly because porn alters a man’s perception of themselves especially when it comes to their body. For a man who watches a lot of it, they might suffer from difficulties in getting and staying aroused. They can end up depending on porn to get sexually stimulated.

ED and Pornography

When ED is attributed to psychological factors, research has revealed that porn might actually help with this condition. Findings show that those men who view porn exhibit better responsiveness to their partners when it comes to sex (4). It implies that watching porn before sex helps stimulate a man’s brain to get ready for sexual activity with their partner. 

The link between the two is limited owing to growing concerns about the harmful effects of pornography on the human mind (5). However, there isn’t enough scientific proof to support this analogy. There are men who feel guilty after watching porn and ultimately, they start experiencing problems with their sexual performance. Therefore, the association of both ED and pornography is mostly psychological.

What Are the Other ED Causes?

ED is a much more complex condition that can have multiple causes. Complications from diseases such as diabetes and Peyronie’s disease are among the most common factors for erectile dysfunction. 

Most men living with these conditions are susceptible to anxiety issues that extend the problem further. Secondary erectile dysfunction on the other hand is a condition that occurs later in life even if you haven’t had problems achieving erections before. It could be as a result of numerous factors from lifestyle choices, prostate problems to psychological triggers.

Penile Implant Improvements for ED

ED can be managed through the use of a penile prosthesis implant that works to help your penis achieve the firmness required for sexual activity. Over the years, penile implant improvements have led to numerous modifications aimed at improving the quality of life for a man suffering from erectile dysfunction. Advancements in scientific and medical research have played a major role in this happening.

Links to Sources Used:

  1. Erectile dysfunction in the elderly male https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5562240/
  2. Symptoms & Causes of Erectile Dysfunction https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/symptoms-causes
  3. Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5039517/
  4. A Dyadic Approach to Pornography Use and Relationship Satisfaction among Heterosexual Couples https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6155976/
  5. The Potential Associations of Pornography Use with Sexual Dysfunctions: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6679165/