Porn and Erectile Dysfunction: The Scary Link Between the Two

Erectile dysfunction (ED), traditionally associated with aging and older men, has been reported among more and more men under the age of 40 in recent years. Many experts attribute this trend to a theory of porn-induced erectile dysfunction, a condition in which unhealthy or excessive porn consumption desensitizes the sufferer to the point of sexual dysfunction in real-life scenarios. While clinical studies have not yet been able to conclusively determine why young men are experiencing such high rates of erectile dysfunction, recent evidence has been mounting to support this theory of porn induced erectile dysfunction.


The rate of erectile dysfunction in young men between the ages of 18 and 40 has risen significantly over the past decade or so. While studies done in the late 1990s reported that approximately 2-5% of young men experienced sexual dysfunction, a review of current trends puts the rate at 14-28%. A 2015 study found that men who reported having ED and little desire for partnered sex also reported frequent use of Internet pornography. Unfettered access to Internet porn hubs is contemporaneous to the rise in ED rates, a coincidence that led experts to develop a theory of porn-induced erectile dysfunction.

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