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The positive impacts frequently watching porn can have on your sex life

People sure seem to have a lot of ~opinions~ on porn, and especially when it involves women watching porn. They often make assumptions about the kinds of porn women will want to watch, and due to ye olde sexism, women are often judged more harshly for watching adult films than men are. You've likely heard the argument that watching pornography can negatively impact your sexual experiences in real life. Which, sure, it can, with many psychologists and experts linking some people's reliance on adult films to erectile issues, for example. But, a new study has found that for women, watching porn could actually have some pretty positive effects.

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health looked at whether women who frequently use pornography during masturbation experienced any issues because of this during partnered sex. The findings were that instead of harming their sexual experiences with others, it instead resulted in a few positive outcomes.

The positive impacts frequently watching porn can have on your sex life The positive impacts frequently watching porn can have on your sex life

Researchers worked with more than 2,000 women to study their porn, masturbation and partnered sex habits and experiences. When it came to masturbation, those who frequently watched pornography experienced less difficulty becoming aroused and reaching orgasm. They also reported greater orgasmic pleasure and reached orgasm more often than those who didn't watch porn.

When having sex with other people, those who used porn more frequently also reported less difficulty becoming aroused.

Author of the study, Sean M. McNabney told PsyPost, "more frequent pornography use was not associated with lower sexual responsivity. In fact, pornography use during masturbation predicted greater ease becoming aroused during partnered sex. We also observed no association between pornography and sexual relationship satisfaction, suggesting that the latter is influenced by other factors. Thus, these findings challenge the common assumption that pornography is consistently harmful to partnered sexual relationships."

The positive impacts frequently watching porn can have on your sex life The positive impacts frequently watching porn can have on your sex life

Sean did point out that the researchers didn't assess whether the women studied felt they were dependent on/addicted to porn in order to achieve orgasm. "Some readers may be relieved to learn that pornography use is fairly common among women and is unlikely to interfere with sexual functioning during partnered relationships. Other variables such as ongoing anxiety/depression or sexual relationship dissatisfaction appear to more consistently predict sexual problems," he added.

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