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Answered: Can Masturbation Cause ED?

Gina Walters
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Can Masturbation Cause ED?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is when a man can’t attain or maintain an erection that is firm enough to have a satisfactory sexual intercourse.

Numerous myths revolve around  Erectile Dysfunction (ED), with one particularly prevalent question being, “Can masturbation cause ED?” 

While this is a common myth, the reality is that masturbation has no link with ED. This article explores the role that masturbation plays (or doesn’t play) in ED, and other causes of ED in detail. 

Does masturbation cause Erectile Dysfunction

No, masturbation does not cause Erectile Dysfunction

Masturbation is a healthy, natural, and common part of sexual exploration for people of all ages. However, some men may have difficulty achieving an erection if they masturbate “too much” to the point of penile injury.

After masturbating, a person might not be able to achieve erection for some time. This condition is different from ED and is called the male refractory phase.

It’s important to understand that occasional difficulty in achieving an erection after masturbation does not necessarily indicate ED but rather a temporary physiological response. You must consult with your doctor for proper ED treatments to avoid potential risks.

Porn and Erectile Dysfunction

The question of watching pornography while masturbating can cause sexual tension is a common concern. But there isn’t any reliable research to support this claim.

Watching porn cannot cause ED, but watching it a lot might alter how the brain responds to sexual stimulation. It might make it more difficult to become aroused by intimacy with a real partner. This can be caused due to unrealistic expectations or performance anxiety driven by constant novel stimulation.

However, porn can be a healthy part of sexuality for many men. If you’re worried about its impact, consider consulting your doctor or therapist. They can help you explore healthy porn use habits and ensure that it doesn’t impact your sex life.

Glossary:
Constant novel stimulation is a term used for the idea that frequent exposure to new and often excessive sexual content in porn can change how the brain perceives arousal.

ED in younger men

A man with erectile dysfunction unable to satisfy his wife
Man suffering from erectile dysfunction

Erection Dysfunction isn’t just for older guys anymore. While it’s more common as we age, according to a 2013 study, men under the age of 40 were diagnosed with ED for the first time.

For young individuals, psychological or emotional causes of ED such as sexual performance anxiety, stress, or relationship difficulties are more prevalent.

The good news? You can fix it! Open communication with your partner, spending quality time together, and building that emotional connection can reignite that spark.

Additionally, various treatment options, including ED medications are available to address the physical aspects of ED.

It is best to consult your doctor in the early stages to explore the best course of action for your individual needs.

Warning:
Erectile Dysfunction in younger men can sometimes be a sign of underlying health conditions such as Diabetes. Seek medical evaluation to address potential risks effectively.

Potential causes of ED

Now that you know that masturbation doesn’t cause ED, you may be curious to learn what factors contribute to ED.

Several physical and psychological factors can cause Erectile Dysfunction. Most often, these causes overlap and worsen one another.

Some of the common physical causes of ED are:

Causes of psychological ED include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Problems in your relationship
  • Sexual performance anxiety

However, understanding the exact cause of ED can be difficult as physical and psychological causes are often deeply interconnected. 

You should consult your doctor for a thorough analysis of your condition and tailored ED treatment.

Summing up

Erectile Dysfunction is a common condition, affecting around 30 million men in the US. Understanding the relationship between masturbation and ED reveals that while many wonder, “Can masturbation cause ED?” The reality is masturbation cannot cause ED.

However, conditions like heart and kidney disease, obesity, stress, and anxiety can cause ED. In some cases, performance anxiety can also arise from watching pornography, causing difficulties with erections.

Fortunately, ED is a treatable condition; if you are facing difficulties getting or maintaining erections, speak with your doctor immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can excessive masturbation cause ED?

No, excessive masturbation isn’t directly linked to Erectile Dysfunction (ED). While it may temporarily affect libido, the body typically restores balance. 
ED is often associated with age, health conditions, and psychological factors. Consulting a doctor is key for personalized advice and treatment.

Will masturbating a lot affect how long an erection lasts?

No, according to Planned Parenthood, masturbating does not directly cause problems with erection length. Factors like age, health, and psychological well-being play larger roles. 
Consult a doctor to ensure tailored advice for maintaining sexual health and addressing any concerns about erection duration.

What increases the chance of ED?

Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by factors like spinal cord and nerve injuries, multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, prolonged drinking, heavy metal toxicity, and nerve damage following pelvic surgeries. 

Is it OK to have Erectile Dysfunction sometimes?

Yes, experiencing occasional Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is normal and often temporary. However, persistent ED may require medical attention. A doctor can provide personalized guidance for managing occasional or ongoing concerns.

What is the cause of a weak erection?

Factors like heart conditions, high cholesterol, Diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure can cause weak erection or ED. Anxiety and Depression may also lead to psychological ED in some men.

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