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Porn Use During Pandemic Shutdown May Have Increased Rates of Erectile Dysfunction

When millions of people lost their jobs and found themselves shuttered in their homes during the lockdown, many took the opportunity to watch more pornography.

Porn Hub releases statistics every year obtained by visits to their site and this Spring found huge spikes in use when countries administered lockdowns.

Image from Pornhub
Image from Pornhub

Of interest is the huge drop noted during the 4th of July weekend.

However a recent study from Denmark, Belgium and the UK found not only did some survey participants prefer porn to being with their partner but some began having difficulty maintaining erections from frequent use.

They found most averaged 70 minutes of pornography use a week with average sessions ranging from 5-15 minutes.

Lead researcher, Professor Gunter De Win said, “in our survey only 65% of men felt that sex with a partner was more exciting than watching porn. In addition, 20% felt that they needed to watch more extreme porn to get the same level of arousal as previously. We believe that the erectile dysfunction problems associated with porn stem from this lack of arousal.”

Hence frequent porn use can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED).

ED could additionally be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Loss of testosterone
  • Lack of sleep
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Cardiovascular disease

However, strikingly, this study found close to a quarter of men under 35 years old to have issues with erectile dysfunction.

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Medical experts were concerned that lockdown measures would cause those with addictions to alcohol, drugs, sleeping aids, and online shopping to regress as they could not use work and going to the gym as distractors. The pandemic no doubt, therefore, had a negative impact on porn addiction, and possibly bedroom performance.

What is “Porn Addiction?”

Millions of people view porn every day and health groups warn many may have an addiction to it, or specifically, “disorder.”

However, there is no clear definition of what constitutes “porn addiction.”

According to PornHub’s 2018 Year in Review, 962 searches for porn are being done every second.

Since there is no documented definition for porn addiction, it would most likely be similar to any other definition of addiction:

A dependency on a substance or action whose use or withdrawal impedes one’s ability to maintain healthy work and personal relationships.

Hence you may be addicted to porn if:

  • You skip work to view porn
  • You skip family outings to view porn
  • You avoid other activities to watch porn
  • You think about porn even when you can’t view it
  • You feel poorly when you can’t watch porn
  • You arrange your day to include porn in hopes of avoiding withdrawal
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Two years ago the Florida House had approved a resolution to protect their constituents from its “inherent health risks.”

According to the resolution’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Ross Spano, “Research has found a correlation between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, difficulty forming and maintaining intimate relationships, unhealthy brain development and cognitive function, and deviant, problematic or dangerous sexual behavior.”

So is pornography a public health risk?

What constitutes a “Public Health Risk?”

A public health risk is something that could pose a health threat, injury to humans or could contribute to health risks of other humans.  This could include drunk driving, mosquitos or rats transmitting disease, or even smoking.

So watching pornography would pose a public health risk if not only the “pornee” gets hurt but affects others surrounding him. Now the effect of others could be in the form of missing work, viewing porn at work (considered sexual harassment and/or assault by others not wanting to view it), and unwanted sexual acts with one’s partner.

How does watching pornography affect health?

Although we do not have any definitive studies telling us porn is good or bad for our health, there are many opinions on the matter.

One concern is inactivity and time spent in front of a screen.  Sitting in front of a computer, tablet, or hand-held device watching hours of porn could increase risk of a blood clot, heart disease and (prolonged sitting) has been linked to colon cancer.  However, according to PornHub, the average time spent viewing porn only ranges from 9-13 minutes.

40D363A200000578-4545854-image-a-17_1495818936857.jpg

What about lack of sleep? Are people secretly watching porn at night, and not getting their 7-9 hours of uninterrupted rest?

According to PornHub the most common time during the day to watch porn was between 10 pm and 1 am.  If one is only online for 10 minutes and falls asleep afterwards, they may still receive a good amount of sleep.

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What about the risks of frequent masturbation?

In 2009 a study found frequent masturbation in young males could increase their risk of prostate cancer, but in older men (>50 years), reduced their risk.  Other studies have suggested reduced risk of prostate cancer that occurs in older men but not aggressive cancer in younger men.

Excessive masturbation could affect one’s refractory period, or time it takes to form an erection again after sex.  For some this could last 15 minutes, for others a week.  So if a date night is planned for later that evening, one with a long refractory period could have issues.

Chafing and inflammation can also occur but are usually rectified with a change in modality.

What about the impact on children?

The American College of Pediatricians released this statement:

The consumption of pornography is associated with many negative outcomes: increased rates of depression, anxiety, violent behavior, early sexual debut and sexual promiscuity, higher rates of teen pregnancy and a distorted view of relationships. For married adults, pornography also results in an increased likelihood of divorce which, in turn, is harmful to children.

Author, L. David Perry, MD, states, “Pornography glorifies decontextualized sex. Its use by adolescents and young adults often leads to a distorted view of sexuality and its proper role in fostering healthy personal relationships.”

If health organizations and institutions  choose to debate porn being a health risk, I agree with strict restrictions on child and adolescent access.  I also agree with education of condom use to protect against unsafe sex practices.  Moreover, counseling resources for those addicted to porn should be increased as internet and porn addiction is a growing public health threat.  However, does the occasional video view pose serious health risks….no.

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Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Opens Up About Past Porn Addiction

During a “ManUp Pittsburgh” virtual conference for Christian men in Pennsylvania, the two-time Super Bowl champion opened up about his past struggles with alcohol and porn addiction.

He credits his marriage to wife and mother of his three children Ashley, for bringing him back to his faith. He was re-baptized 3 years ago.

According to insider.com, Roethlisberger states, “I’ve been addicted to alcohol. I’ve been addicted to pornography, which makes me then not the best husband, not the best father, not the best Christian I can be,” Roethlisberger said, per TribLive. “You have to dedicate yourself and understand that you can get out of it because of the grace of God.”

With statistics citing 40 million US adults viewing porn sites daily, let’s answer some questions on porn addiction.

Are You Addicted to Porn?

Millions of people view porn every day and health groups warn many may have an addiction to it, or specifically, “disorder.”

However, there is no clear definition of what constitutes “porn addiction.”

According to PornHub’s 2018 Year in Review, 962 searches for porn are being done every second.

So…..

What is “Porn Addiction?”

Since there is no documented definition for porn addiction, it would most likely be similar to any other definition of addiction:

A dependency on a substance or action whose use or withdrawal impedes one’s ability to maintain healthy work and personal relationships.

Hence you may be addicted to porn if:

  • You skip work to view porn
  • You skip family outings to view porn
  • You avoid other activities to watch porn
  • You think about porn even when you can’t view it
  • You feel poorly when you can’t watch porn
  • You arrange your day to include porn in hopes of avoiding withdrawal

Two years ago the Florida House had approved a resolution to protect their constituents from its “inherent health risks.”

According to the resolution’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Ross Spano, “Research has found a correlation between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, difficulty forming and maintaining intimate relationships, unhealthy brain development and cognitive function, and deviant, problematic or dangerous sexual behavior.”

So is pornography a public health risk?

What constitutes a “Public Health Risk?”

A public health risk is something that could pose a health threat, injury to humans or could contribute to health risks of other humans.  This could include drunk driving, mosquitos or rats transmitting disease, or even smoking.

So watching pornography would pose a public health risk if not only the “pornee” gets hurt but affects others surrounding him. Now the effect of others could be in the form of missing work, viewing porn at work (considered sexual harassment and/or assault by others not wanting to view it), and unwanted sexual acts with one’s partner.

How does watching pornography affect health?

Although we do not have any definitive studies telling us porn is good or bad for our health, there are many opinions on the matter.

One concern is inactivity and time spent in front of a screen.  Sitting in front of a computer, tablet, or hand-held device watching hours of porn could increase risk of a blood clot, heart disease and (prolonged sitting) has been linked to colon cancer.  However, according to PornHub, the average time spent viewing porn only ranges from 9-13 minutes.

40D363A200000578-4545854-image-a-17_1495818936857.jpg

What about lack of sleep? Are people secretly watching porn at night, and not getting their 7-9 hours of uninterrupted rest?

According to PornHub the most common time during the day to watch porn was between 10 pm and 1 am.  If one is only online for 10 minutes and falls asleep afterwards, they may still receive a good amount of sleep.

porn times.png

What about the risks of frequent masturbation?

In 2009 a study found frequent masturbation in young males could increase their risk of prostate cancer, but in older men (>50 years), reduced their risk.  Other studies have suggested reduced risk of prostate cancer that occurs in older men but not aggressive cancer in younger men.

Excessive masturbation could affect one’s refractory period, or time it takes to form an erection again after sex.  For some this could last 15 minutes, for others a week.  So if a date night is planned for later that evening, one with a long refractory period could have issues.

Chafing and inflammation can also occur but are usually rectified with a change in modality.

What about the impact on children?

The American College of Pediatricians released this statement:

The consumption of pornography is associated with many negative outcomes: increased rates of depression, anxiety, violent behavior, early sexual debut and sexual promiscuity, higher rates of teen pregnancy and a distorted view of relationships. For married adults, pornography also results in an increased likelihood of divorce which, in turn, is harmful to children.

Author, L. David Perry, MD, states, “Pornography glorifies decontextualized sex. Its use by adolescents and young adults often leads to a distorted view of sexuality and its proper role in fostering healthy personal relationships.”

If health organizations and institutions  choose to debate porn being a health risk, I agree with strict restrictions on child and adolescent access.  I also agree with education of condom use to protect against unsafe sex practices.  Moreover, counseling resources for those addicted to porn should be increased as internet and porn addiction is a growing public health threat.  However, does the occasional video view pose serious health risks….no.

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In This Century, Students and Younger Men Are Having Less Sex…Why?

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that during the period of 2000-2018 (before the COVID pandemic), adults aged 18-24, specifically males, were reporting less sexual activity than their older counterparts.

Study authors surveyed 4291 men and 5213 women in the analysis of sexual frequency and 4372 men and 5377 women in the analysis of number of sexual partners and found 1 in 3 men aged 18 to 24 years reported no sexual activity in the past year.

Men and women of the 25-34 year-old age group also reported less activity, as did married couples.

Men who were unmarried, unemployed and having less income were more likely to have less sexual encounters.

Authors state, “Men with lower income and with part-time or no employment were more likely to be sexually inactive, as were men and women who were students.”

This study is in stark contrast to the suggestion that internet and online dating apps have increased sexual activity. Why?

Here might be some explanations:

  1. Dating can be expensive, and many may not want to pay for dinner, drinks, movie, popcorn just to be turned down at the end of the evening.
  2. Internet and movie streaming offers in home entertainment making one less likely to go outside for social stimulation.
  3. Porn has become infinitely more accessible since the turn of the century
  4. Internet and social media has transformed communication and privacy, and some may be hesitant to sleep with someone who might not be good at keeping secrets
  5. Many more women have access to birth control which could affect one’s sex drive
  6. Disappointments when someone meets for the first time in person an online love interest who might have marketed themselves as more desirable
  7. College parties, fraternities and sorority events have become more restrictive over the last few decades
  8. Men may be hesitant to approach others for fear of rejection or accusation

….and reports of super-gonorrhea couldn’t be helping either.

Study authors cite this increase in sexual inactivity could “have implications for public health”.

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The Twenties: Predictions for the Next Decade

 

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Welcome to the 2020’s!!  Whereas the 1920’s were roaring with music, fashion, cars, speak-easy’s, and prohibition, the 2020’s will be no less dramatic.  Expect a high speed roller coaster with exponential changes across the board in all industries, jobs, housing, schooling, technology and relationships. Whether we like it or not, this is where I believe we’re heading……

  1.  Education – most schools will be online, similar to Ready Player One in which a student logs in from home and enters a “virtual classroom” each morning. Afternoons will be designated for sports, exercise and team projects.
  2. Teacher glut – As schools move more towards online, one teacher can teach to multiple virtual classrooms at the same time.  Chat rooms will be staffed by educators who will answer student’s questions individually.  But teacher to student ratio can be widened, allowing school districts to hire less staff.
  3. Half of all US employees will be working from home.
  4. Commercial real estate glut – as more businesses use online platforms, and employees work from home, less office space will be needed, trimming bottom lines for corporations who don’t want to spend extra for rent, cleaning, utilities and security.
  5. Recession will begin mid-decade
  6. Trump will be reelected in 2020 but Pence will fail to win the Presidency in 2024 resulting in the White House turning Democrat mid decade.
  7. A female President or Vice President will elected
  8. Men’s and Women’s restrooms will be renamed as “Restrooms” allowing any gender to use the facilities
  9. Medicine will become socialized as a Democratic executive branch will implement a public option or buy-in to Medicare/Medicaid, with tight rules to curb healthcare spending.
  10. Telemedicine will be your primary care provider with allowances to see a doctor in person if certain criteria are met.
  11. Drones will be delivering medicine, packages, mail to your door
  12. Anorexia and other eating disorders will rise as “intermittent fasting” becomes more popular
  13. New superbugs, viruses and fungi will be resistant to the best of our medications and non antibiotic/viral/fungal treatments will be perfected.
  14. Less than 1/4 of Generation Z’ers (those born after 2000) will choose to get married
  15. Less than 1/4 of Generation Z’ers will have a car
  16. Apartment and condo living will surpass single family residence homes as there is less upkeep and commitment during a trying economy.
  17. The 4-year college degree will be offered for free, but online and useless due to its ubiquity
  18. Virtual TV show watching, where you can  engage within the scene, will surpass current streaming of shows in popularity
  19. Currency will be obsolete as cards and finger prints will be used for money exchange
  20. Kiosks will replace most salespeople in retail industry
  21. A younger “teen” porn industry will arise as kids outsmart parental controls and demand footage devoid of middle-aged actors but casting those in their young twenties….with companies marketing directly to young adults.
  22. Some seniors may live to 125-130 years old
  23. Marijuana use will become epidemic with people becoming tolerant to common strains resulting in needing more potent leaves.
  24. Vegetarian and Vegan diets will surpass meat and potato saturated meals
  25. “Farting rooms” will be created in buildings to allow those who are eating more vegetables to release their gas.
  26. Smart toilets and do it yourself testing will be in every household
  27. The Supreme Court will weigh in on mandatory vaccines
  28. Baby Yoda will have a Star Wars Movie Series
  29. Radio will be stronger than ever as people want to hear real opinions
  30. TV News programs will begin to fall as demand for non-opinionated factual news rises
  31. The Dallas Cowboys will make it to the Superbowl at least once; the Kansas City Chiefs…multiple times.

I know some of these sound crazy but this is where society is heading.  The 2020’s will be fast paced, and blow right by you, so hold on to your hats….which by the way will also be making a comeback.

 

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Watching Porn Declared a “Public Health Risk”

Millions of people view porn every day and this week Arizona declared pornography to be an “epidemic” and a “public health risk.”

Citing its role in the rise of underage sex, sexually transmitted diseases, and unplanned pregnancies, the bill states pornography,  “perpetuates a sexually toxic environment that damages all areas of our society,” including the ability to build intimate relationships.”

Last year the Florida House approved a resolution to protect their constituents from its inherent health risks, joining other states with similar declarations including: Utah, Tennessee, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Louisiana, Kansas and Idaho.

According to the Florida resolution’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Ross Spano, “Research has found a correlation between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, difficulty forming and maintaining intimate relationships, unhealthy brain development and cognitive function, and deviant, problematic or dangerous sexual behavior.”

Criminal penalties will not be levied, but this bill serves as a “gesture” to bring awareness to a growing “health risk” and denounce pornography as a “growing health crisis.”

So is pornography a public health risk?

What constitutes a “Public Health Risk?”

A public health risk is something that could pose a health threat, injury to humans or could contribute to health risks of other humans.  This could include drunk driving, mosquitos or rats transmitting disease, or even smoking.

So watching pornography would pose a public health risk if not only the “pornee” gets hurt but affects others surrounding him. Now the effect of others could be in the form of missing work, viewing porn at work (considered sexual harassment and/or assault by others not wanting to view it), and unwanted sexual acts with one’s partner.

How does watching pornography affect health?

Although we do not have any definitive studies telling us porn is good or bad for our health, there are many opinions on the matter.

One concern is inactivity and time spent in front of a screen.  Sitting in front of a computer, tablet, or hand-held device watching hours of porn could increase risk of a blood clot, heart disease and (prolonged sitting) has been linked to colon cancer.  However, according to PornHub, the average time spent viewing porn only ranges from 9-13 minutes.

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What about lack of sleep? Are people secretly watching porn at night, and not getting their 7-9 hours of uninterrupted rest?

According to PornHub the most common time during the day to watch porn was between 10 pm and 1 am.  If one is only online for 10 minutes and falls asleep afterwards, they may still receive a good amount of sleep.

 

porn times

 

What about the risks of frequent masturbation?

In 2009 a study found frequent masturbation in young males could increase their risk of prostate cancer, but in older men (>50 years), reduced their risk.  Other studies have suggested reduced risk of prostate cancer that occurs in older men but not aggressive cancer in younger men.

Excessive masturbation could affect one’s refractory period, or time it takes to form an erection again after sex.  For some this could last 15 minutes, for others a week.  So if a date night is planned for later that evening, one with a long refractory period could have issues.

Chafing and inflammation can also occur but are usually rectified with a change in modality.

What about the impact on children?

The American College of Pediatricians released this statement:

The consumption of pornography is associated with many negative outcomes: increased rates of depression, anxiety, violent behavior, early sexual debut and sexual promiscuity, higher rates of teen pregnancy and a distorted view of relationships. For married adults, pornography also results in an increased likelihood of divorce which, in turn, is harmful to children.

Author, L. David Perry, MD, states, “Pornography glorifies decontextualized sex. Its use by adolescents and young adults often leads to a distorted view of sexuality and its proper role in fostering healthy personal relationships.”

If state governments choose to debate porn being a health risk, I agree with strict restrictions on child and adolescent access.  I also agree with education of condom use to protect against unsafe sex practices.  Moreover, counseling resources for those addicted to porn should be increased as internet and porn addiction is a growing public health threat.  However, does the occasional video view pose serious health risks….no.

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Are You Addicted to Porn?

Millions of people view porn every day and health groups warn many may have an addiction to it, or specifically, “disorder.”

However, there is no clear definition of what constitutes “porn addiction.”

According to PornHub’s 2018 Year in Review, 962 searches for porn are being done every second.

 

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So…..

What is “Porn Addiction?”

Since there is no documented definition for porn addiction, it would most likely be similar to any other definition of addiction:

A dependency on a substance or action whose use or withdrawal impedes one’s ability to maintain healthy work and personal relationships.

Hence you may be addicted to porn if:

  • You skip work to view porn
  • You skip family outings to view porn
  • You avoid other activities to watch porn
  • You think about porn even when you can’t view it
  • You feel poorly when you can’t watch porn
  • You arrange your day to include porn in hopes of avoiding withdrawal

 

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Last year the Florida House had approved a resolution to protect their constituents from its “inherent health risks.”

According to the resolution’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Ross Spano, “Research has found a correlation between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, difficulty forming and maintaining intimate relationships, unhealthy brain development and cognitive function, and deviant, problematic or dangerous sexual behavior.”

So is pornography a public health risk?

What constitutes a “Public Health Risk?”

A public health risk is something that could pose a health threat, injury to humans or could contribute to health risks of other humans.  This could include drunk driving, mosquitos or rats transmitting disease, or even smoking.

So watching pornography would pose a public health risk if not only the “pornee” gets hurt but affects others surrounding him. Now the effect of others could be in the form of missing work, viewing porn at work (considered sexual harassment and/or assault by others not wanting to view it), and unwanted sexual acts with one’s partner.

How does watching pornography affect health?

Although we do not have any definitive studies telling us porn is good or bad for our health, there are many opinions on the matter.

One concern is inactivity and time spent in front of a screen.  Sitting in front of a computer, tablet, or hand-held device watching hours of porn could increase risk of a blood clot, heart disease and (prolonged sitting) has been linked to colon cancer.  However, according to PornHub, the average time spent viewing porn only ranges from 9-13 minutes.

 

40D363A200000578-4545854-image-a-17_1495818936857.jpg

What about lack of sleep? Are people secretly watching porn at night, and not getting their 7-9 hours of uninterrupted rest?

According to PornHub the most common time during the day to watch porn was between 10 pm and 1 am.  If one is only online for 10 minutes and falls asleep afterwards, they may still receive a good amount of sleep.

 

porn times.png

 

What about the risks of frequent masturbation?

In 2009 a study found frequent masturbation in young males could increase their risk of prostate cancer, but in older men (>50 years), reduced their risk.  Other studies have suggested reduced risk of prostate cancer that occurs in older men but not aggressive cancer in younger men.

Excessive masturbation could affect one’s refractory period, or time it takes to form an erection again after sex.  For some this could last 15 minutes, for others a week.  So if a date night is planned for later that evening, one with a long refractory period could have issues.

Chafing and inflammation can also occur but are usually rectified with a change in modality.

What about the impact on children?

The American College of Pediatricians released this statement:

The consumption of pornography is associated with many negative outcomes: increased rates of depression, anxiety, violent behavior, early sexual debut and sexual promiscuity, higher rates of teen pregnancy and a distorted view of relationships. For married adults, pornography also results in an increased likelihood of divorce which, in turn, is harmful to children.

Author, L. David Perry, MD, states, “Pornography glorifies decontextualized sex. Its use by adolescents and young adults often leads to a distorted view of sexuality and its proper role in fostering healthy personal relationships.”

If health organizations and institutions  choose to debate porn being a health risk, I agree with strict restrictions on child and adolescent access.  I also agree with education of condom use to protect against unsafe sex practices.  Moreover, counseling resources for those addicted to porn should be increased as internet and porn addiction is a growing public health threat.  However, does the occasional video view pose serious health risks….no.

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WHO Declares Sex Addiction a Mental Health Disorder

This month, the World Health Organization, WHO, declared compulsive sexual behavior disorder, or sex addition, a mental health condition. Here are your questions answered.

What is sex addiction?

Sex addiction is defined as an inability to control sexual urges or impulses leading to repetitive sexual behavior that disrupts health, home or work life, most of which does not yield enjoyment or intimacy.

How common is sex addiction?

Approximately 3-6% of US adults qualify as having a compulsive sexual disorder, which equates to 7-14 million adults.

How is sex addiction diagnosed?

Criteria for diagnosis, according to Psychology Today, include:

  • Symptoms must occur for at least 6 months
  • An individual experiences recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, sexual urges, or sexual behaviors
  • The time spent engaging in sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors consistently interferes with other important activities and obligations
  • Sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors occur in response to dysphoric mood states (anxiety, depression, boredom, irritability) or stressful life events
  • An individual engages in consistent but unsuccessful efforts to control or reduce their sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors
  • An individual engages in sexual behaviors while disregarding the potential for physical or emotional harm to self or others
  • The frequency or intensity of sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors cause significant personal distress or impairment

Can sex addiction lead to other mental health illness?

Sexual addiction may often coexist with other struggles such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, alcoholism or drug use.  The compulsive sexual behavior may precede, follow, or be a symptom of a current mental illness.

How is sex addiction treated?

Treatment of sexual addiction may include group therapy, behavioral and cognitive therapy, treatment of underlying issues and other behavior modification techniques.

 

Who suffers from sex addiction?

Anyone can suffer from sex addiction.  It knows no boundaries when it comes to gender, age, race or occupation.

Stars who have opened up about their sex addition include:

  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Russell Brand
  • Kanye West
  • Michael Douglas
  • Lindsey Lohan
  • Rob Lowe
  • Tiger Woods
  • David Duchovney
  • Colin Farell
  • Charlie Sheen

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Does watching porn lead to sex addiction?

Although some sex addicts frequently view porn, watching porn does not constitute a sexual addiction.  However, the number of those addicted to porn is rising, and those individuals need treatment for a porn addiction.

How does watching pornography affect health?

Although we do not have any definitive studies telling us porn is good or bad for our health, there are many opinions on the matter.

One concern is inactivity and time spent in front of a screen.  Sitting in front of a computer, tablet, or hand-held device watching hours of porn could increase risk of a blood clot, heart disease and (prolonged sitting) has been linked to colon cancer.  However, according to PornHub, the average time spent viewing porn only ranges from 9-13 minutes.

40D363A200000578-4545854-image-a-17_1495818936857.jpg

What about lack of sleep? Are people secretly watching porn at night, and not getting their 7-9 hours of uninterrupted rest?

According to PornHub the most common time during the day to watch porn was between 10 pm and 1 am.  If one is only online for 10 minutes and falls asleep afterwards, they may still receive a good amount of sleep.

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What about the risks of frequent masturbation?

In 2009 a study found frequent masturbation in young males could increase their risk of prostate cancer, but in older men (>50 years), reduced their risk.  Other studies have suggested reduced risk of prostate cancer that occurs in older men but not aggressive cancer in younger men.

Excessive masturbation could affect one’s refractory period, or time it takes to form an erection again after sex.  For some this could last 15 minutes, for others a week.  So if a date night is planned for later that evening, one with a long refractory period could have issues.

Chafing and inflammation can also occur but are usually rectified with a change in modality.

For more on sex addiction see here.

For more on porn addiction see here.

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She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Is Watching Porn Bad for Your Health?

Millions of people view porn every day and the Florida House has approved a resolution to protect their constituents from its inherent health risks.

According to the resolution’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Ross Spano, “Research has found a correlation between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, difficulty forming and maintaining intimate relationships, unhealthy brain development and cognitive function, and deviant, problematic or dangerous sexual behavior.”

So is pornography a public health risk?

What constitutes a “Public Health Risk?”

A public health risk is something that could pose a health threat, injury to humans or could contribute to health risks of other humans.  This could include drunk driving, mosquitos or rats transmitting disease, or even smoking.

So watching pornography would pose a public health risk if not only the “pornee” gets hurt but affects others surrounding him. Now the effect of others could be in the form of missing work, viewing porn at work (considered sexual harassment and/or assault by others not wanting to view it), and unwanted sexual acts with one’s partner.

How does watching pornography affect health?

Although we do not have any definitive studies telling us porn is good or bad for our health, there are many opinions on the matter.

One concern is inactivity and time spent in front of a screen.  Sitting in front of a computer, tablet, or hand-held device watching hours of porn could increase risk of a blood clot, heart disease and (prolonged sitting) has been linked to colon cancer.  However, according to PornHub, the average time spent viewing porn only ranges from 9-13 minutes.

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What about lack of sleep? Are people secretly watching porn at night, and not getting their 7-9 hours of uninterrupted rest?

According to PornHub the most common time during the day to watch porn was between 10 pm and 1 am.  If one is only online for 10 minutes and falls asleep afterwards, they may still receive a good amount of sleep.

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What about the risks of frequent masturbation?

In 2009 a study found frequent masturbation in young males could increase their risk of prostate cancer, but in older men (>50 years), reduced their risk.  Other studies have suggested reduced risk of prostate cancer that occurs in older men but not aggressive cancer in younger men.

Excessive masturbation could affect one’s refractory period, or time it takes to form an erection again after sex.  For some this could last 15 minutes, for others a week.  So if a date night is planned for later that evening, one with a long refractory period could have issues.

Chafing and inflammation can also occur but are usually rectified with a change in modality.

What about the impact on children?

The American College of Pediatricians released this statement:

The consumption of pornography is associated with many negative outcomes: increased rates of depression, anxiety, violent behavior, early sexual debut and sexual promiscuity, higher rates of teen pregnancy and a distorted view of relationships. For married adults, pornography also results in an increased likelihood of divorce which, in turn, is harmful to children.

Author, L. David Perry, MD, states, “Pornography glorifies decontextualized sex. Its use by adolescents and young adults often leads to a distorted view of sexuality and its proper role in fostering healthy personal relationships.”

If state governments choose to debate porn being a health risk, I agree with strict restrictions on child and adolescent access.  I also agree with education of condom use to protect against unsafe sex practices.  Moreover, counseling resources for those addicted to porn should be increased as internet and porn addiction is a growing public health threat.  However, does the occasional video view pose serious health risks….no.

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician