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What can happen if I become too dependant on porn for masturbation?

Ian Kerner, PhD
Sexual Health

Men who are dependent on porn for masturbation can sometimes develop idiosyncratic masturbatory styles. That means that the amount and type of friction and pressure they use -- as well as the speed with which they masturbate -- are unlike what occurs during actual intercourse. When they become accustomed to this masturbation style, they may have difficulty orgasming during real sex, a problem called delayed ejaculation.

This type of desensitization can be a real issue for most men, but it could be a benefit for guys with premature ejaculation (PE) who want to delay ejaculation. Again, if you have PE, you need to learn to better control ejaculation while using higher degrees of stimulation. So porn (and other forms of erotic material) can be an important part of managing PE -- you just need to be cognizant of its potential problems. Much like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor medications, porn can have “side effects” and tradeoffs. Be aware of these issues, monitor them, and weigh the pros and cons.

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