Could Frequent Pornography Use Affect a Person’s Sexual Health?

Pornography has become widely available in recent years with the advent of free online porn streaming sites. Its increased availability has sparked debate as to whether or not viewing pornography has an impact on a person’s sex life/sexual health. While some suggest that frequent pornography use may have a detrimental effect on a person’s relationships, sexual satisfaction, and even mental health (possibly contributing to depression), the research thus far has been limited in scope and often contradictory.

In a recent study, researchers looked at the pornography habits and sexual health outcomes of 14,135 adults in Sweden to examine the possible association between the two. They used the participants’ responses from a 2017 national survey conducted by the Public Health Agency of Sweden, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) 2017.

The results regarding the participants’ frequency of pornography use, self-reported effects of pornography on their sex lives, and other sexual health outcomes were as follows:

While pornography use is relatively common and may even have a positive effect on a couple’s sex life, frequent use may be detrimental. Couples who feel that pornography is negatively impacting their relationship and sexual connection might benefit from seeking the support of a sex therapist or psychologist.


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