The Curious Correlation Between Porn and Erectile Dysfunction (PIED)

“I was with my first serious girlfriend…I was really attracted to her…but when the time came [to have sex] and she was naked in front of me…I didn’t have any physical response.” -Noah Church, Founder, www.addictedtointernetporn.com

The Curious Correlation Between Porn and Erectile DysfunctionDoes Watching Porn Cause Erectile Dysfunction (PIED)?

It’s a question we’re looking into at Covenant Eyes.

During the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) on Friday, May 12, 2017, results from a recent survey were presented that showed correlation between male pornography consumption and sexual dysfunction.

Joseph Alukal, MD, AUA spokesperson and associate professor of urology and obstetrics/gynecology moderated a press release for survey results.

According to the AUA website, “Sexual dysfunction has a significant impact on one’s quality of life and occurs when there is a problem preventing an individual from wanting or enjoying sexual activity. The use of pornography among females and its impact on sexual dysfunction is poorly described. Similarly, the impact of pornography use in evaluating males with sexual dysfunction is not well examined. Two separate surveys were conducted to better define pornography use and any contribution to sexual dysfunction in women and men.”

Researchers surveyed 312 men, ages 20 to 40, who visited a San Diego urology clinic for treatment. Of those men, 3.4% said they preferred masturbating to pornography over sexual intercourse. In talking to these men, the researchers found a correlation between pornography use and sexual dysfunction for those who regularly masturbate while using porn.

The typical media for viewing pornography was the Internet (72.3%) and smart phone (62.3%). The male survey also reported the weekly frequency of pornography use:

  • 25.9% indicated less than weekly
  • 24.6% indicated 1-2 times a week
  • 21.3% indicated 3-5 times a week
  • 5.0% indicated 6-10 times a week
  • 4.3% indicated greater than 11 times a week

“Visual stimulation will often increase sexual arousal in both men and women, but when the majority of their time is spent viewing and masturbating to pornography, it is likely they will become less interested in real-world sexual encounters,” said Dr. Alukal. “These studies suggest the issue may be trivial in women, but not so for men, and could lead to sexual dysfunction. Sex is half in your body and half in your head and it may not be a physical component driving the behavior, but a psychological one.”

Are you curious to know if porn is negatively impacting your sex life? Is it PIED? 

Real Life Stories of Porn and Sexual Dysfunction

Read these excerpts from online forums about possible porn-induced sexual dysfunction, PIED, erectile dysfunction, and masturbation.

“I do look at porn on a regular basis during masturbation and I can climax without it (porn). I used to masturbate between 1-3 times a day, sometimes four. That being said, while with real women, my erection goes away completely. If I can climax at all, it takes forever. What’s wrong? Please tell me that I’ll be able to have successful sex with a real woman at some point?”

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“I started watching porn at 11, maybe 12, and started masturbating around the same time. Since then I’ve been consistently masturbating at least once a week and at most three times a day. I’m 17 now. I had no idea what porn was doing to me, until I tried having sex a month ago with my girlfriend and my penis felt like a deflated balloon hanging between my legs.”

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“I’m 36, fit and healthy, married with two kids, secure job, no debt or other major stress in my life.  I have been watching porn since I was age 12 or 13 (VHS back then). I can’t seem to get an erection during intercourse or even by myself in the shower (where I would sometimes masturbate). I even managed to get some Viagra which didn’t seem to help. From my story, does it sound like porn-induced ED?”

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There are thousands of comments just like these on any number of forums for men and women who find that their sex lives, bodies, minds, and overall quality of life have been impacted by porn. In April 2017, over 200,000 Google searches were made in the United States for keywords like “porn-induced erectile dysfunction,” “PIED,” “masturbation and ED.” Based on the news release from the AUA above, it seems that the scientific community is starting to ask some interesting questions about PIED.

It’s a curious correlation that warrants more attention and more investigation.

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