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How Reliable is Sex Health Info on YouTube?

How Reliable is Sex Health Info on YouTube?Do you watch health-related videos on YouTube? Lots of people do. But as with any internet source, it can be hard to tell if you can trust the information you’re watching.

In a September 2019 Journal of Sexual Medicine study, researchers reported on their analysis of YouTube videos about premature ejaculation (PE).

They watched 132 videos and assessed whether the content was reliable and accurate. Overall, they considered 70% of the videos “reliable” and said they contained accurate information on how to manage PE.

However, the remaining 30% were called “non-reliable,” containing information that was not backed up by scientific studies. Some of these videos offered remedies that could be “potentially dangerous,” the authors said. For example, one video suggested applying toothpaste to the penis. But ingredients in toothpaste can cause irritation or infection.

In this study, the authors noted that reliable videos tended to come from sources like universities and professional medical societies. Non-reliable content often came from companies or physicians who were selling products for a profit.

Considering the source of information is a helpful way to assess online health information. If you can, find out what type of research has been done to back up the source’s claims.

And remember that your healthcare provider and pharmacist are always there to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially if something seems off or looks too good to be true.

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The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Gul, Murat, MD and Mehmet Akif Diri, MD

“YouTube as a Source of Information About Premature Ejaculation Treatment”

(Full-text. Published online: September 12, 2019)