Original Research—Erectile Dysfunction
Viewing Sexual Stimuli Associated with Greater Sexual Responsiveness, Not Erectile Dysfunction
Version of Record online: 11 MAR 2015
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Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 90–98, June 2015
How to Cite
Prause, N. and Pfaus, J. (2015), Viewing Sexual Stimuli Associated with Greater Sexual Responsiveness, Not Erectile Dysfunction. Sexual Medicine, 3: 90–98. doi: 10.1002/sm2.58
- Issue online: 11 JUN 2015
- Version of Record online: 11 MAR 2015
- Erectile Dysfunction;
- Sex Stimuli;
- Sexual Arousal
Time spent viewing visual sexual stimuli (VSS) has the potential to habituate the sexual response and generalize to the partner context.
The aim of this study was to examine whether the time spent viewing VSS is related to sexual responsiveness felt in the laboratory or with a sexual partner.
Nontreatment-seeking men (N = 280) reported their weekly average VSS viewing in hours. VSS hours were examined in relation to the sexual arousal experienced while viewing a standardized sexual film in the laboratory and erectile problems experienced with a sexual partner.
Main Outcome Measures
Self-reported sexual arousal in response to sexual films and erectile problems on the International Index of Erectile Function were the main outcome measures.
More hours viewing VSS was related to stronger experienced sexual responses to VSS in the laboratory, was unrelated to erectile functioning with a partner, and was related to stronger desire for sex with a partner.
VSS use within the range of hours tested is unlikely to negatively impact sexual functioning, given that responses actually were stronger in those who viewed more VSS. Prause N and Pfaus J. Viewing sexual stimuli associated with greater sexual responsiveness, not erectile dysfunction. Sex Med 2015;3:90–98.