Research indicates that erectile dysfunction appears to be on the rise in men in their late teens and early 20s. And surprisingly, the cause is watching porn! More precisely, anxiety comes from the fear that they should measure up to the male actors they see online.
In recent years the media has been bombarding its audience with statistics that suggested that impotence affects young men. A British study from 2018, conducted by Coop Pharmacy with a sample pool of 2000 males, found that 50% of the subjects in their 30s had reported problems in getting and maintaining an erection. Numbers like that are worrying and hard to believe. It’s true, not every study is done by high scientific standards. But they are coming out constantly, the percentage wearies, but one thing is obvious, a large number of healthy men are struggling with erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is not something people like to talk about. That makes it difficult to get precise data. Most young men are reluctant to admit to not being able to get an erection. All the available data indicates that a significant percentage of males in their 30s are complaining of some sort of erection problem. A large proportion of them cited work stress and depression, both are known to reduce libido. Interestingly, the youngest cohort in the research, the ones in their 20s are affected by pornography.
Distorted Perception of Sexual Intercourse
The reality for millennials is that they have grown up with pornographic content at their fingertips. For some erotic videos have been stimulating their fantasy since they were toddlers. The psychological effects of that type of environment are something science has no previous experience with.
Research has shown that excessive watching of pornography can cause erectile dysfunction. The interesting discovery is that masturbating to pornography is not the only trigger for ED. Just watching pornographic material can lead to the condition.
Watching porn creates a distorted perception of sexual intercourse. Young men begin to develop ideas about the size of their penis or the stamina necessary to satisfy their partner. Ideas that are not realistic. The problems surface when they start being sexually active. They get performance anxiety, because of the misconception that they are not living up to the standard.
The direct result of that is stress, which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, that promotes adrenalin. The hormone is the body’s natural erection killer, it constricts blood vessels, so there is no blood flowing where there it needs to flow. In effect stopping an erection.
Take a Holistic Approach
The modern tempo of life brings several challenges. Young men are not finding jobs, or are working long hours. This disrupts the normal rhythm of the body. One of the side effects of an imbalanced life is the accumulation of estrogen, the nemesis of testosterone. If these two hormones are not balanced, unusual symptoms will start to appear. In men estrogen may cause infertility and gynecomastia (development of breast tissue).
Anxiety is not the only factor that affects hormones. Carrying excess fat interferes with the hormonal system, which in turn can impact your ability to have an erection. Having a large waist across your bellybutton increases the likelihood of having erectile dysfunction.
A good lifestyle doesn’t end with exercise and diet. Late-night drinking competitions drain the body’s energy. Not to mention the toxicity that alcohol brings to the body. Half of the people suffering from impotence blamed stress. Heavy drinking has been identified by 25% and 36% blamed tiredness.
Look to see whether any lifestyle issues may be at play. Some strategies that may be of help:
Talking with your partner – Medication can help treat erectile dysfunction. If an underlining medical issue isn’t to blame, you may try one of these approaches:
Be open with your partner- Communication is the key. Discuss the reasons for the anxiety your partner Talking with your partner about your anxiety, can help ease some of your worries. When you try to reach a solution together, you may draw closer as a couple and improve your relationship.
Talk to a therapist – Make an appointment with a counselor. Find someone who has experience in treating sexual problems. Taking to a professional can educate you about the problem. By understanding the reasons for impotence, you can be more confident in reducing the feeling that influences your sexual performance anxiety.
Distract yourself – Romantic music or a sexy movie could improve the mood. Focus on the thing that turns you on. Taking your mind off your sexual performance can remove the worries that stop you from getting excited.
Relax – Don’t beat yourself up about your ability in the bedroom. Resolve the sexual performance anxiety, so you have an enjoyable sex life.