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Is Frequent Porn Use a Problem?

Is Frequent Porn Use a Problem?It’s easy to access pornography these days, especially online.

Some couples use it to spice up their sex lives. It can spark conversations about what they enjoy or what they fantasize about, perhaps inspiring them to try new positions or role play.

But porn can cause problems, too. It can lead to discord in relationships, especially when one partner has unrealistic expectations of what should be happening in the bedroom. In some cases, people start to use porn in place of intimacy with a partner.

Does quantity of porn use make it a problem? Or is there more to the issue than that?

Researchers from the United States and Poland investigated these questions and reported their findings this month in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

They surveyed 569 heterosexual Polish men between the ages of 18 and 68. This group included 132 men who were seeking treatment for pornography use with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or sexologist.

The scientists discovered that in this group, having negative symptoms was more likely to prompt men to get treatment than the amount of pornography used. In other words, one man might use porn frequently, but not experience anything negative. Another might use porn once in a while, but still feel that it’s a problem that needs attention.

If you or your partner think that porn use might be out of control, be sure to talk to your doctor. He or she can refer you to a therapist who can help.

Resources

The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Gola, Mateusz, PhD, et al.

“What Matters: Quantity or Quality of Pornography Use? Psychological and Behavioral Factors of Seeking Treatment for Problematic Pornography Use”

(Full-text. May 2016)

http://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(16)00346-5/fulltext

 

SexHealthMatters.org

“Can Pornography Improve a Sexual Relationship?”

(March 19, 2014)

https://www.sexhealthmatters.org/sex-health-blog/can-pornography-improve-a-sexual-relationship