Does masturbation cause Erectile Dysfunction?

No. But if you watch too much porn, it might! The idea that masturbation causes erectile dysfunction (ED) is a myth.

Masturbation – touching yourself or your partner’s genitals for sexual pleasure – is a normal and, usually, harmless practice. Indeed, masturbation can have benefits. Both men and women can enjoy the sexual release it provides. It can help people become familiar with their bodies and explore ways they prefer to be touched. Masturbation can also give pleasure to couples who cannot perform intercourse, permanently or temporarily.

Men use various masturbation techniques, which can negatively affect their sexual function (for example, masturbation in the prone position, using very intense strokes, pressing, bending or touching their penis in a particular way). These masturbatory habits sometimes result in sexual dysfunction (for example, ED, delayed ejaculation, reduced desire and sexual dissatisfaction). Therefore, it is important for doctors and therapists to have a detailed sexual history.

ED occurs when a man cannot get or maintain an erection firm enough for intercourse. The causes can be physical, psychological or both. Here are some examples:

  • Poor blood flow to the penis
  • Nerve damage
  • Hormonal problems
  • Side effects of drugs
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Psychological and emotional problems

Although masturbation doesn’t directly cause ED, research suggests that there is a connection between this disorder and the view of pornography. Masturbating while watching porn can lead to excessive stimulation and, in turn, changes in brain chemistry. When this happens, a man may find that he has trouble getting an erection when he is with a real partner. Or, in order to be sexually aroused, he may need the level of stimulation that pornography provides (which a partner may not be able to provide) to get an erection.

If you have ED issues and you would like to talk with a consultant in your language, Diga33 can help you. Call us, we are waiting for you!

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