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Porn addiction and porn induced erectile dysfunction

Hi sam,

around the age of 7 or maybe before i started to watch pornographic videos it started with sex scenes from movies and has now got to full on porn. im 13 now and i had a brief conversation with my 22 yr old brother about it and all he said was "stop watching it it could harm you" or something along those lines. and for the past week i've been wondering how much can it harm me. im 13 so i dont want to mess up my life so i was wondering. can i get erectile dysfuncion from watching porn? as in will my brain eventually associate sexaul pleasure with porn so much that i wont be aroused by anything else?

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Hi there,

It's normal to start to be curious about sex as you get older. Some young people choose to watch porn to find out what sex is like, but it can be very unrealistic. Although it's possible to watch porn and to have no harmful effects, there are dangers that you need to be aware of.

Masturbation is normal and is something lots of people do - no matter what age, sexuality or gender they are. There's nothing wrong with masturbating as often as you like and it's not dangerous to do so.

Porn can seem like a good way to find out what sex is like, but it's not usually like real life at all. People use porn in different ways - some may use it as something to masturbate. For this reason porn is often designed to focus on very specific parts of sex. This can give a distorted view of what sex is like.

As well as giving an unrealistic impression of sex it can sometimes lead to problems later on. If you have got used to masturbating only to porn, it can make it difficult to be aroused by other things.

It's difficult to know if you're going to be affected in this way or not. It's quite common to have problems keeping an erection when you first start having sex anyway, whether you watched porn or not. Most of the time problems with erections are psychological and go away on their own. Lots of men have a problem with erections at some point - it's usually temporary and probably won't mess up your life.

There are other dangers to watching porn - including seeing things you didn't mean to see, accidentally watching porn that is illegal and finding that it starts to become addictive. To find out more about these dangers you can take a look at our page about porn for more advice. You may also want to take a look at Lewis' story which talks about how porn affected him.​

Thanks for your letter.

Take care,

Sam

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