Can Watching Pornography Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

A whole host of different causes for erectile dysfunction (ED) have been purported. Some of these are directly associated with physical conditions, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high levels of blood sugar and nerve disorders. Others causes are more complex and involve psychological factors- depression and anxiety are both thought to be implicated in the onset of some cases of erectile dysfunction. Evidence has also linked excessive alcohol intake and drug use to ED.

One area that has been overlooked is the question of whether pornography can cause ED. The association between pornography viewing and erectile dysfunction is a taboo area, with many unwilling to openly talk about the two being linked.

However, a 2016 review found that internet pornography’s unique properties may cause arousal declines with real-life partners. This has caused increased scrutiny in the area. Throughout the course of this article, we will look at evidence surrounding this topic and ways that erectile dysfunction can be safely treated.
‘Hooked on porn: Prepare for a tsumani of damaged people’. That was the bold title of a news article run by the New Zealand times, also published in 2016. It cites a major study carried out in Sydney, which found that 43% of males that regularly use pornography were first exposed to it between 11-13 years of age. The internet provides an easy, convenient way to access pornography. Linked to this, erectile dysfunction is thought to affect 27-33% of males under 40, whereas this figure was previously thought to be lower at between 2-5%.

Before the internet era, magazines were the main source of pornographic content. Walking into a store to buy magazines would often be inconvenient, and a sense of stigma was attached to purchasing such content in public. On the other hand, internet content can be accessed almost instantly and requires little effort to obtain.

Despite some evidence linking pornography to erectile dysfunction, questions have to be asked regarding the methodology of these studies. There is a much clearer understanding of the under
lying physical mechanisms behind erectile dysfunction and far more effective treatments are available (which will be discussed later in the article) than there was 20 years ago. As a result, ED sufferers are more likely to consult medical professionals and be treated successfully.

If there is a causal relationship between pornography and ED, then what is the chemical basis for the link? In order to answer this question, we first need to look at the role of a very important chemical in the brain- dopamine. The release of dopamine is largely responsible for producing feelings of pleasure and reward. Levels of dopamine in the brain are dramatically increased when an individual watches porn, and continued stimulation can de-sensitise dopamine receptors.

Consequentially, more porn needs to be watched in future for the same level of pleasure to be obtained. Real-life sexual activities stop being sufficient enough to provide adequate dopamine bursts. The body becomes more ‘tolerant’ to sexual stimulation, making it increasingly difficult to maintain erections.

The link between pornography viewing and erectile dysfunction is still a topic of ongoing research, and over time more definitive evidence is likely to appear. However, if you are a sufferer from erectile dysfunction, it is important that you find a simple and reliable treatment. Over the next few paragraphs, we will take a look at some of the options available.

Viagra-BlogBy far the most common medicine prescribed to treat ED is Viagra. You may already have heard of it- the little blue wonder pill has been revolutionary since its release in 1998, paving the way for many of the treatments that have followed. It is also really easy to use- one tablet needs to be taken approximately 1 hour before sexual intercourse. The tablet strength most often used is 50mg, although this can be increased/decreased depending on response to treatment.

Some light nausea and headaches may be apparent when treatment is first initiated, although these side effects are transient and should disappear within a few weeks of taking the medicine. The generic form of Viagra, known as Sildenafil, can also be purchased. There is no difference in effectiveness between the two products.

Spedra is one of the newest treatments on the market for ED. As the name suggests, this drug is rapid-acting and as a result one tablet can be taken just 15-30 minutes before sexual intercourse. The usual starting strength is a 100mg tablet.

The final option available here at Assured Pharmacy is Cialis. This is also faster-acting option than Viagra, and possesses a longer duration of action. Cialis can either be taken 30 minutes before sexual activity as required, or one tablet can be taken once daily if sexual activity is anticipated at least twice weekly. For Cialis Daily, 5mg strength tablets are recommended, whereas 10mg tablets are recommended if it is being taken as required.

What do all of these medicines have in common, apart from the fact that they can all successfully treat Assured Pharmacy Logoerectile dysfunction? Well, they can all be purchased safely here at Assured Pharmacy. If you are someone who suffers from erectile dysfunction, you can purchase Viagra, Spedra or Cialis safely here at Assured Pharmacy. All three medicines are proven to be safe and effective, so whichever one you choose is down to personal preference.

However, just to ensure the product is suitable for you to take, we require you to do is complete an online health questionnaire. If you are taking any other medicines, we need to check that there are no harmful interactions so that you can have the optimal treatment for your condition. Following this, our GMC regulated doctor will issue a prescription that allows you to acquire either Spedra or Viagra in an efficient, safe and regulated manner. The prescription is sent straight to our pharmacy where it is checked by a qualified pharmacist to ensure the product is suitable. We strive to provide a high-quality service, proven by the fact that customers who have purchased products from Assured Pharmacy have rated their experience as ‘excellent’.

If you would like to speak to someone in confidence or find out more information about the products we offer, please call 01625460621 or e-mail [email protected].

 

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References

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Erectile-dysfunction/Pages/Causes.aspx
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5039517/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/pornography/news/article.cfm?c_id=283&objectid=11688567
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317117.php

 

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