10 FAQs About Watching Porn & Sexual Health – Truth Revealed

It doesn’t matter whether we accept it or not, the reality is a lot of people watch, look at, read or listen to porn in forms. There is nothing wrong with that as it is a natural human act. But watching porn also doesn’t mean that it is a necessary thing to practice. Personal preference is all that matters.

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If you think that watching porn always leads one to negative consequences, you need to reconsider. Because studies have shown that it can add pleasure and knowledge to your sexual enjoyment. It can also help you make better sexual communication with your partner. On the other hand, too much porn use can influence unrealistic sexual expectations for yourself as well as your partner. 

In this article, we have discussed 10 FAQs about watching porn and sexual wellness, the myths, and the facts. Stay with us till the end to find all the answers you are looking for.

1. Does Watching Porn Damage Sex life?

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If you can communicate openly about porn with your partner and if you are ‘take it or leave it’ kind of a person when it comes to porn, in that case, you won’t be facing any problem due to porn. But if someone depends on porn for regular sexual arousal, it’s high time he or she got counseled by some expert.

We should learn to differentiate between porn and relationships. In real-life relationships, there are intricacies and complications which are missing in porn. That is why porn is more appealing to people. But it can’t offer the intimate bond of emotions in a relationship. Most of all porn promotes fake body images of human beings. Muscle men with big penises and women with big breasts and small waists become our fantasies as a result of watching porn.

These blueprints lead us to unreal expectations and directly interfere with our sexual performance. So if you feel that you are addicted to porn and you need to keep it a secret from your partner and it’s affecting your ability to become sexually aroused with your partner naturally, you need to address the issue as soon as possible.

2. Does Watching Porn Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

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Before finding an answer to this question, we need to know what Erectile dysfunction is. It is basically the most common sexual challenge faced by men all over the world when they cannot achieve an erection or sustain it long enough for proper sexual activity. Researchers have shown mixed results about porn-induced erectile dysfunction as some studies consider it a major factor in causing erectile dysfunction, while some believe that porn actually helps people to treat the same.

That doesn’t mean that porn doesn’t have any negative impact on people. An article about Pornography and its effects, published in 2016 argues that pornography has desensitizing effects on young men. As a result, it may decrease men’s satisfaction with their own bodies, eventually triggering anxiety during sexual activities. Pornography also changes the way our brain reacts to arousal. It might decrease natural arousal with real-life partners.

The lead author of this study Gary Wilson, suggests, even if pornography happens to be one possible factor of erectile dysfunction, it is unlikely to be the only factor. So if you are facing the issue of erectile dysfunction, whatever the causes are, you might need to check the amount of porn you are watching.

3. Does Watching Porn Trigger Depression?

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This is a very common idea, especially among young people. But there is hardly any proof or research that shows that porn causes depression. However, it can affect you in other ways. There are some people who watch porn in a general manner while others watch it due to compulsive urges. The emotional states of these two kinds of people differ significantly after watching porn.

Some feel guilty or shame after watching porn, which takes a toll on their emotional health. A study published in 2018 shows there is a link between depression and porn use. The researchers found that some people felt guilty, upset, or distressed while viewing sexual content. It impacted their emotional health. On the other hand, another study in 2017 shows that depressed men likely watch higher levels of pornography as an emotional escape from depression.

So, a sense of depression can lead someone to watch sexual content, it can be even more harmful than being depressed itself as watching porn may add to your depression as it promotes unrealistic sexual behavior. So don’t go with the stereotypes or stigma associated with watching porn. If you feel depressed, watching porn can’t be the only reason. You know that very well.

4. How To Know If You Are Addicted To Porn?

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One of the most reported addictions of our society is porn addiction. Like any other addiction, it is also a very intense compulsive feeling which forces you to watch porn on a regular basis. There are signs through which one can understand whether they are about to get addicted or already addicted. Let’s discuss some signs of porn addictions.

  • Unable to stop: Consider it an alarm when you are unable to stop watching porn despite several attempts. One should also look out for an increased duration of porn watching and communication gaps with one’s partner.
  • Craving for more: Just like any other addiction, porn addiction compels you to view more and more content every day. People with porn addiction may sneak away to have some alone time so that they can spend time watching porn.
  • Lack of time management: People who are porn addicts usually are not aware of their time. They often waste time and procrastinate. Lethargy and lack of productivity also add to this.
  • Lost interest in sex: Watching porn may impact your interest in real sex because they actually find their partner less attractive than the people in the porn they watch.

5. Does Excessive Masturbation Cause Infertility?

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Among a lot of myths associated with masturbation, this is the most popular one. But you can set your fears aside because, according to experts, whether a man ejaculates inside a woman’s body or outside, it doesn’t affect his fertility. In fact, it is recommended to ejaculate 3 or 4 times a week to keep your sperm quality and sperm count optimum.

Males who are trying to get their partners pregnant, should keep this in mind and follow the recommendation. However, it is not at all recommended to watch porn frequently to ejaculate. Doctors recommend, whether you masturbate or ejaculate in your partner’s body, the sensation should be a natural one. Artificial arousal through porn videos or images creates unrealistic sexual urges which affect natural sexual life.

Another important thing that should be considered is the body’s natural production of sperm which is 12 billion sperm per month. So one needs to be conscious about sperm depletion during each masturbation. Each time one masturbates or ejaculates during sex, 300 million sperm are depleted. You can do the math to know exactly how many times ejaculating is healthy.

6. Does Masturbation Cause Hair Loss?

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The myths about masturbation causing hair loss are created because of protein loss and testosterone changes in the body. But to a great relief, there is no scientific evidence to support this fact. It’s true that semen is high in protein. Each ejaculation depletes 3.3 to 3.7 ml of semen, which contains a very low amount of protein. Another theory is masturbation increases testosterone which eventually increases the levels of hormones linked to hair loss, called DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

On the contrary, a study from 2001 showed that testosterone levels increase if one abstains himself from masturbation for a period of time. So you don’t need to panic if you are facing hair loss. It can be caused due to several other reasons other than masturbation. Lack of proper nutrients in your hair follicles, excessive stress, genetic causes, and unhygienic practices should be checked to find the real cause of your hair loss.

7. Does Watching Porn Cause Premature Ejaculation?

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Excessive porn watching and masturbation have direct links to Premature Ejaculation. There’s science behind it that is not that difficult to understand. Our brain is naturally designed to find shortcut ways to practice something. Watching porn, masturbating, and ejaculating is not a matter of a long duration of time.

Therefore it develops a habit of climaxing quickly. A quick orgasm during masturbation may be convenient to a lot of people for obvious reasons. But if someone is having real-life sex, it’s not that quick. Generally, a woman takes much more time than a man to even get aroused. By that time her partner may ejaculate if he is a porn addict because his brain won’t be able to differentiate between watching porn and real-life sex.

It can ruin your sexual pleasure as well as your relationship. Porn can also develop a habit of expecting wild acts that you watch in porn and fantasize about. It can be very very far from reality. During having real sex your brain still would expect those things which eventually lead to premature ejaculation.

8. Does Watching Porn Make You Better In Bed?

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A new study from UCLA and Concordia University claims that watching porns is unlikely to cause erectile problems and may actually help in sexual arousal. The study was conducted by Nicole Prause, an associate research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. The men volunteers who participated in this study reported a range of zero to 25 hours of porn watching every week.

They also answered a questionnaire that has been used to measure their sexual desire. It has been seen that watching porn has made them more sexually aroused than before. The volunteers have also been asked to watch porn in the lab itself. But the levels of sexual arousal had decreased from the same when they watched it at the comfort of their home.

It shows that sexual arousal during watching porn may differ according to the comfort levels of the viewer. However, having erectile dysfunction due to some other reasons and facing the issue of premature ejaculation are different things. These may cause dissatisfaction in the bed.

9. Is Watching Porn Really Bad?

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A lot of people like to watch, read, look at or listen to porn, there’s nothing morally wrong with it. It can be considered as a natural human urge. On the other hand, there are also people who don’t approve of porn and they don’t want to be exposed to it. There is nothing wrong with it either. Basically choosing to watch or avoid pornography is a completely personal preference.

An important thing that should be kept in mind is pornography can’t be considered an alternative to sex education or a medium for the same. Porn is just to satisfy your fantasy, whereas sexual education is something that teaches about human relationships, sexual development, or sexual health. These two are entirely different from each other. However, porn can sometimes help one discover new things.

Researches have shown that when it comes to internet porn, 75 to 90 percent of people watched it out of curiosity, to improve sexual skills and knowledge, and to increase sexual enjoyment and interest.  People, especially younger folks tend to explore the world of porn to satisfy their curiosities. If it is within limits, it is absolutely fine.

10. How To Quit Porn Addiction?

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If you are determined to quit watching porn, we are here to help you out. Let’s discuss a few ways in which you can do it.

  • One must never lie to oneself. If someone is addicted to porn, he or she must acknowledge it first. Generally, addicts adamantly deny their wrong deeds.
  • One must realize what he or she is doing is wrong and it impacts physical and mental health. One should never try to justify watching porn if he or she is willing to quit watching it.
  • Take responsibility for your actions, never try to blame your partner or any circumstance for your addiction to porn. Only if you take responsibility for your addiction, can you gradually come out of it.
  • Try to understand that sex is not all about satisfying your fantasies. It is a pure act of creating a new life. Creating a new life resembles the act of the almighty. So one needs to think about sex more as a natural spiritual act and less as a tool to satisfy your desires.

Bottom Line:

To conclude it can be said that too much of anything is bad for both your physical and mental health. So to stay healthy and to live a hassle-free life, one must know the limits of everything. If we talk about watching porn, yes excessive consumption can be really harmful, however, it is also a natural human activity that shouldn’t be considered taboo.

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Disclaimer: This article does not represent the views and opinions of medical professionals. It is solely based on research and reference by the author. It does not offer any medical suggestions or advice.

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