Does Excessive Masturbation Cause ED?

Although it is a common belief that excessive masturbation can cause Erectile Dysfunction, the short answer is, no, or at least not directly. This should come as a relief to the nearly 75% of men who masturbate. No evidence has been found that links masturbation and ED.

Reduce Stress, Tension, and Encourage Better Sleep Patterns

Masturbation is natural and does not affect a man’s ability to get or maintain an erection. In fact, masturbation and sexual activity are beneficial to your overall health.  Having orgasms – no matter the source – actually improves mental health by reducing stress, tension and encouraging better sleep patterns. 

However, healthcare professionals are still exploring the role of porn and its relationship with ED.  Some believe that masturbation/addiction to hardcore porn can contribute to ED as it can desensitize the user to some visuals and can alter realistic expectations of sexual experiences. 

Could Too Much Porn Cause ED?

Sex is a physical activity, but stimulation and arousal ultimately start with the brain. Scientists have hypothesized – and are still researching – the idea that increased exposure to porn may cause viewers to be less responsive to sexual stimulation in the real world.           

What Are Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction can occasionally be mistaken with the male refractory period – or the recovery time after an orgasm before being able to have another erection.  The male refractory period is perfectly normal in all men and should not be confused with ED. 

While Erectile Dysfunction is a concern for many men, according to the science, the common causes of ED include obesity, high cholesterol, anxiety, diabetes, depression, heart conditions, relationship stress, prostate concerns or alcohol and cigarette addiction…And, not masturbation. 

Experience Better Sex and Better Health

Regardless of the root cause, ED is a complex health issue which has both physical and psychological components, because each patient is unique.  The team at FirmTech seeks to end the stigma around Erectile Dysfunction conversations and aims to help all men experience better sex and better health.

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