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Porn addiction to blame for rise in erectile dysfunction in young men, says top doctor

‘These younger men do not have organic disease – they’ve already been tested by their GP and everything is fine’

Erectile dysfunction in men in their late teens and early 20s could be caused by porn
Erectile dysfunction in men in their late teens and early 20s could be caused by porn, says a doctor

Erectile dysfunction among young men is on the increase, according to a sexual therapist – and she thinks their porn habits might be to blame.

According to expert Angela Gregory, more men in their late teens and early 20s are suffering from the affliction than ever before, and in most cases, they’re otherwise physically fine.

Gregory – a Psychosexual Therapist at Nottingham University Hospital – cites the ease of access to pornographic material in the smartphone age as a reason for the increase.

Speaking to BBC newsbeat, she said: ‘Our experience is that historically men that were referred to our clinic with problems with erectile dysfunction were older men whose issues were related to diabetes, MS, cardio vascular disease.’

She added: ‘These younger men do not have organic disease, they’ve already been tested by their GP and everything is fine. So one of the first assessment questions I’d always ask now is about pornography and masturbatory habit because that can be the cause of their issues about maintaining an erection with a partner.’

Speaking as part of the iPlayer documentary Brought Up On Porn, a former porn addict called Nick (not his real name) said: ‘There was nothing that would give me a kick. Normal stuff didn’t do anything any more, so I had to get more and more extreme material.

‘[It was] disturbing stuff that disturbed me that, in normal life, I wouldn’t dream of doing.’

Admitting that his porn use made him disinterested in real sex, he spoke to his doctor and went without watching porn for 100 days, after which his libido came back and ‘for the first time in ages I was able to flirt and within quite a short time I was able to have normal sex.’

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