Understanding Porn Addiction

Porn addiction refers to a person becoming excessively dependent on pornography leading to a disruption in their everyday life. This could include their job, relationships and at times, their day-to-day lifestyle. It is an addiction that consists of compulsive sexual activity with the use of any form of pornographic material, despite the negative consequences.

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Causes

The causes behind porn addiction vary depending on an individual's experience, therefore it is hard to pinpoint the exact causes of porn addiction. It is important to remember that elements of porn exposure are also an aspect to consider - such as:
- How old was the individual when he was exposed to porn?
- Why did he start watching porn - i.e what were the circumstances around that first experience?
- When did the individual first have any sexual experience? Was it a positive or negative experience?
- When did the dependency on porn start? 

Some of the causes of porn addiction could be:
- Negative sexual experiences
- Incorrect understanding of porn and its uses 
- Initially trying to learn about sexual experiences, resulted in dependency 
- Experiencing mental health disorders such as OCD (an anxiety disorder) or depression

Symptoms

It is important to remember that while an individual experiences porn addiction if they are in a relationship, it can also affect that individual. Based on this, here are some negative effects of porn addiction.

- Emotional and mental distress
- Erratic mood changes
- Interpersonal concerns with a partner: self-esteem and body image issues, insecurity 
- Inability to sustain a healthy emotional relationship 
- Inability to have a healthy understanding of sex
- Distorted and unrealistic expectations of sex
- Porn induced Erectile Dysfunction and Premature Ejaculation
- Low desire for sexual intercourse 
- Compulsive masturbation
- Reduced sexual satisfaction
- Mental health conditions: anxiety, depression
- Debt due to excessive spending on porn addiction
- Dependency on porn to ease uncomfortable feelings and emotions
- Reduced sexual intimacy with a partner

Learn more about your condition

Causes

The causes behind porn addiction vary depending on an individual's experience, therefore it is hard to pinpoint the exact causes of porn addiction. It is important to remember that elements of porn exposure are also an aspect to consider - such as:
- How old was the individual when he was exposed to porn?
- Why did he start watching porn - i.e what were the circumstances around that first experience?
- When did the individual first have any sexual experience? Was it a positive or negative experience?
- When did the dependency on porn start? 

Some of the causes of porn addiction could be:
- Negative sexual experiences
- Incorrect understanding of porn and its uses 
- Initially trying to learn about sexual experiences, resulted in dependency 
- Experiencing mental health disorders such as OCD (an anxiety disorder) or depression

Symptoms

It is important to remember that while an individual experiences porn addiction if they are in a relationship, it can also affect that individual. Based on this, here are some negative effects of porn addiction.

- Emotional and mental distress
- Erratic mood changes
- Interpersonal concerns with a partner: self-esteem and body image issues, insecurity 
- Inability to sustain a healthy emotional relationship 
- Inability to have a healthy understanding of sex
- Distorted and unrealistic expectations of sex
- Porn induced Erectile Dysfunction and Premature Ejaculation
- Low desire for sexual intercourse 
- Compulsive masturbation
- Reduced sexual satisfaction
- Mental health conditions: anxiety, depression
- Debt due to excessive spending on porn addiction
- Dependency on porn to ease uncomfortable feelings and emotions
- Reduced sexual intimacy with a partner

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I consulted with Dr. Karthik for my porn addiction and excessive masturbation. I haven’t sought out treatment for years due to being ashamed. During my consultations with him, I was able to understand how to curb the addiction through medications without putting too much pressure on myself.

Embarrassed about Premature Ejaculation
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I was suffering from premature ejaculation for quite some time, and decided to consult with Dr. Karthik. I was very uncomfortable in talking about it at first, but quickly felt safe because of his explaination of things in detail. I am happy to say that the treatment worked great for both me and my partner.

We are expecting twins this year!
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We were struggling to have kids for 3 years, and developed relationship problems because of it. Dr. Pramod explained that I had erectile dysfunction, and he was not only able to help me with it, but also helped us with our fertility issues.

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I was always worried about the treatment process for ED. The combination of medications and psychosexual therapy came out to be a way of treatment. Allo Health's Care Plan put me on a holistic schedule which targeted all aspects of my condition and helped me so that I could sustain my lifestyle.

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We moved from the US to India to seek treatment for our fertility issues closer to home. My partner and I realised that professional medical advice is effective for our unconsummated marriage. After consulting with Dr. Sandip Deshpande for 5 sessions, we were able to consummate our marriage.

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Frequently asked questions

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Women experience hormone fluctuations as they age and when estrogen levels drop very low (commonly during the 40s and 50s), they go through menopause. The low levels of estrogen can lead to a negative impact on sexual wellness - for example, it can lead to low libido, vaginal dryness, or lack of lubrication leading to painful sex and disrupted mood and sleep patterns.

What is Anorgasmia in males and females?

Anorgasmia is a condition in which individuals are unable to orgasm despite medical intervention or sexual stimulation. It is much more prevalent in females/women and is commonly caused by psychological factors. However, there are medical conditions or medications/treatments for medical conditions that can cause anorgasmia.

What is Female Sexual Arousal Disorder?

Female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) is a condition in which the individual's body does not respond to sexual stimulation. It is a sexual dysfunction that is very common but treatable. Some symptoms of FSAD include low sexual desire or libido, lack of sexual thoughts, decreased sexual excitement, reduced arousal from internal or external stimulation, and lack of sensation in the genitalia or other arousal parts of the body.

How does stress affect sexual health?

Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that leads to lower levels of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunction symptoms. Furthermore, it can also alter brain signals needed for the genital organs to have optimal blood flow during sexual activity.

How does smoking affect sexual health?

Smoking affects the levels of testosterone in both males and females. This is because it raises carbon monoxide levels in the body which leads to lower production of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunctions such as low libido and premature ejaculation. Furthermore, smoking can affect fertility as well making it harder to conceive along with negatively impacting a pregnancy. Men who are smokers commonly have low sperm counts and slow-moving sperm along with concerns about sperm function. Women who are smokers experience egg loss, disruption in ovarian cells responsible for making oestrogen/estrogen, and an increased incidence of genetic abnormalities in their children.

How does alcohol affect sexual health?

Alcohol has the ability to interfere with sexual stimulation by disrupting the signals sent between the brain and the genitals. It is common for those with alcoholism to experience low sexual desire, disruption in arousal (lubrication in women, and erection in men), and ejaculation disorders (such as delayed ejaculation).

Is there an association between diet and sexual health?

From medications to psychosexual therapy, there are ways to help treat the symptoms of ED, PE, and other sexual disorders. However, many often forget that their lifestyle habits can bring about changes in their sexual health as well. One lifestyle modification that many take for granted is diet — a bad diet can cause many things from medical conditions such as hypertension to affecting sexual health and function. For example, there are foods that improve erectile function by aiding in improved blood flow, and increased testosterone and nitric oxide production.

How does exercising help with sexual wellness?

Aerobic and pelvic floor exercises are highly recommended as a lifestyle modification while dealing with sexual dysfunction or disorders. These types of exercises help improve incontinence, manage conditions such as prostatitis and BPH, and of course, increase male sexual pleasure by helping men have greater control over ejaculation and orgasm. Cardio exercises help in keeping the blood vessels clear, and so, have the ability to improve one’s sex life. Sexual dysfunctions such as ED, are commonly caused by problems with the blood flow to the penis. Factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or concerns in weight management leading to obesity, can affect blood flow and lead to ED symptoms. Aerobic exercises help in all these conditions and improve sexual functioning.

What is an Unconsummated relationship?

An unconsummated marriage (UM) or a relationship is defined by a heterosexual couple’s inability to have penetrative vaginal intercourse. Many couples experience an unconsummated relationship, and while there is an unnecessary stigma associated with it, it can be treated or improved with the help of a professional. It could be a result of contributing factors from him or her or both.

How does depression and/or anxiety lead to sexual dysfunction?

While it is common knowledge that physical medical conditions or injuries can lead to sexual dysfunction, the fact that mental health conditions can also be a cause is often missed. When experiencing conditions such as depression and anxiety, an individual's mind and body are in a constant state of stress. This leads to the release of a hormone called cortisol - chronic high levels of this hormone can lead to the decrease of testosterone in the body. Low testosterone can lead to conditions such as low libido and erectile dysfunction. Depression is also characterised by a general lack of drive in all activities including sexual intimacy.

What is porn addiction and how does it affect sexual health?

Porn addiction refers to a person becoming excessively dependent on pornography leading to a disruption in their everyday life. This could include their job, relationships and at times, their day-to-day lifestyle. It is addiction that consists of compulsive sexual activity with the use of any forms of pornographic material, despite the negative consequences. Porn addiction can negatively impact an individual's sex life. For example, it can lead to less satisfying sexual experiences and having high and unreasonable expectations from their partner. Some indicators reveal a porn addiction, such as:- Porn is negatively impacting an individual's life: putting their job or relationship in jeopardy. ‍ - Individuals hide their addiction, and/or feel ashamed or guilty after engaging in porn - Individuals want to quit the addiction but are emotionally dependent on porn - Individuals use porn as coping mechanisms One of the side effects a porn addiction is said to have is sexual dysfunction. While it wouldn't be accurate to say that a porn addiction causes sexual dysfunction, it can have a significant impact on an individual’s sexual experiences. Porn is notorious for leading individuals to have fantasy world expectations of sex, and what they or their partner can or can't do. In most cases, individuals find themselves unable to perform to the capacity that they see in porn. It has been revealed that men that have a porn addiction are more likely to experience porn-dependent erectile dysfunction.

What does sexual dysfunction treatment include?

Sexual dysfunction is a broad term that explains persistent discomfort or difficulty with sexual response, desire, or orgasm. Conditions such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation fall under the sexual dysfunction category. Evidence-based and clinically proven sexual dysfunction treatments may include oral tablets, VED (vacuum erection device), injections, and/or surgery - the choice is dependent on the patient’s medical history and treatment plan.

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