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Effects of Porn Addiction on Your Health - Impact on Body & Brain

Written and reviewed by
MD-Pharmacology, MBBS
Sexologist, Delhi  •  22years experience
Effects of Porn Addiction on Your Health - Impact on Body & Brain

After the advent of the internet, the availability of pornography or explicit video material has become widespread. The availability of this material resulted in a large section of the population relying on it for sexual pleasures as well as living their fantasies through the digital realm. Internet porn is the new kid on the block in the world of addiction.

Porn Addiction - Pornography Affects Health

Easy accessibility of porn can give you a quick spike of dopamine through sexual pleasure that has resulted in patterns of addiction among many boys and girls. Porn addiction is a phenomenon that has been exacerbated by the easy availability of pornography on the internet. It has not only affected sexual habits such as masturbation but has also caused hindrances in the daily lives of people and has affected their relationships.

Side Effects of Porn on Mental Health

While it may seem a bit far-fetched, studies of brain scans have shown that people watching porn experience the same effects or pleasure that alcohol gives them. It is a neural circuit that releases pleasure hormones when you sexually pleasure yourself by masturbating to porn. The reward circuit of the brain recognizes this pattern and starts creating please pathways where you want more of it. As you keep doing it more and more, the resistance level increases and you tend to need more. This is a classic sign of addiction.

Healthy and Unhealthy Effects of  Pornography Addiction

Masturbation is a natural and normal process that every human indulges in. However, a brain addicted to porn will use it as an addict uses a substance. Masturbation is the physical act through which the dopamine would be released. Once it has become an addiction, you would either want to have the daily fix for at least a few hours which you would ensure to take out of your daily routine.

This time could have been invested in other fruitful activities when it ends up going to the pron addiction problem. In some cases, studies have shown that many would rather do it a few times a week but, would spend extended hours masturbating to porn.

Effects of Pornography on Sexual Health

Some of the effects of porn addiction can lead to excessive masturbation and this could effects person sexual health in various terms:

  1. Premature ejaculation problem ( quick masturbation leads to chronic less timing to discharge).
  2. Erectile dysfunction when you are with a partner and in a real-life scenario due to dependence on particular porn fantasies.
  3. Inability to have or form intimate relationships that are not just sexual but emotional and mental as well.
  4. Lethargy to go to work or school due to addiction-related problems.
  5. Pron addiction can affect your relationships and lead to Breakdown with family members and friends.

Thus, it is imperative that you seek sexologist or sexual counselor for help to slow down the habit and break the cycle of porn addiction and ensure that you are able to lead a normal life without disruptions so as to allow yourself to be able to form normal sexual relationships.


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