What are the symptoms of porn addiction?

As with all addictions, porn addiction can affect you both mentally and physically. You might have noticed some obvious physical symptoms of porn addiction such as erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation. You might also have noticed that you find it difficult to physically enjoy real sex when not thinking about porn or watching porn. You might experience difficulty masturbating when not looking at porn or thinking about it.

A further symptom that some men report which is worth considering is the affects of “Traumatic Masturbation Syndrome”. While this may not be strictly related to porn use, it can be a concern for men who use what’s described as “unusual or vigorous masturbation techniques”. This can include regularly exerting extreme pressure (often called ‘deathgrip’) and speed to masturbate, which over time can reduce sensitivity.

This kind of technique can’t be matched by normal intercourse and can lead to problems when having real sex. Masturbating while ‘prone’ – i.e. laying face down - can also eventually lead to desensitization as it can put excessive pressure on your penis. This can ‘train’ you to enjoy a masturbation sensation that can’t be easily replicated during sex with another person or using normal masturbation. 

When it comes to emotional and mental symptoms, many men notice an array of negative impacts on their life. These can include:


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