Husband with Erectile Dysfunction, Porn Addiction and Sleep Apnea

by Melanie
(Canada)

My porn addicted husband has had bouts with Erectile Dysfunction. Now that he is in his first steps to figuring out Obstructive Sleep Apnea, I am wondering if OSA ED comes and goes, or is it consistant?

He now claims his ED is NOT porn induced and I'm having a hard time believing that.

Answer


Erectile dysfunction can not only be caused by porn addiction (masturbation, watching porn movies and provocative pictures), but sleep apnea can also have a huge impact on man's erection.

I'm a man, and I know how dangerous it is to be trapped by porn. Some time ago I searched in books, medical studies and even opinions of porn actors and directors to see what everyone has to say in their favor, and how can they prove their opinions.

Obviously, sooner that I expected, scientists clearly proved how bad porn can be to your sex life. For example, the documentary "Porn on the Brain", and another shocking documentary "I can't stop masturbating" can make any man think twice before watching porn.

But I'm going too far from answering your question: "Is sleep apnea a risk factor for erectile dysfunction, and is it constant?"

According to a study publicized in ScienceDirect by J. P. Mulhall and his team, men with sleep apnea symptoms have a significant risk of erectile dysfunction.

Moreover, the study demonstrates that the correlation between the severity of sleep apnea and the severity of erectile dysfunction is strong.

In another recent study, Giora Pillar, M.D. observed that severe, but not mild, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is associated with erectile dysfunction.

The patients with mild and moderate OSA had weak symptoms of erectile dysfunction. However, the patients with the most severe cases of ED had the greatest respiratory disturbance index (RDI).

So, to answer your question, if your husband has mild or moderate case of obstructive sleep apnea, the erectile dysfunction may come and go. However, this weak ED will worsen in time, because sleep apnea worsen, too.

Obviously, a doctor can tell you more about your husband's erectile dysfunction. Remember that there are many other health problems that can cause ED, including:

  • physical causes: cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, spinal injury, stroke, etc.

  • medicinal causes: diuretics, antihypertensives, antidepressants, antihistamines (hay fever is treated with this medication), etc.

  • psychological causes: depression, anxiety, relationship problems.

  • other causes: excessive alcohol intake, using illegal drugs such as cannabis, heroin, etc.

A clever way to discover if your husband has erectile dysfunction from OSA, is to "check" the severity of his ED after a couple of months (2 or 3 months) of successful treatment for sleep apnea.

Two things are important to underline here:


I hope I answered your question. However, if you feel like you want to discuss anything regarding my answer, please comment on this page using the link bellow.

I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back.

Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide


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