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Porn and your relationship

Watching porn together can have a lasting effect on your relationship.

Watching porn together can have a lasting effect on your relationship.

Would you watch porn with your partner? Do you now? Recent research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine indicates that porn may not be as bad for your relationship as many have been led to think.

The study concluded that "viewing more sex films was associated with a stronger sex drive, including the desire to have sex with a partner," said co-author of the study Nicole Prause.

Porn actually has numerous benefits. Some of these include:

  • Adding a new dynamic to foreplay: A study from McGill University concluded that watching porn sped up the process of arousal for both men and women. For men, peak arousal was met within 11 minutes, and for women, 12. If you're looking to get in the mood with your man and change up your usual routine, porn may be your next great sex add-on.
  • A new, shared experience: Watching with your partner can create a heat between the two of you that you haven't felt before. Sharing any kind of experience can bring you closer together, especially if you're both naked.
  • Learning your partners' fantasy: Couples hit a rut in the bedroom for a variety of reasons. Sometimes partners cannot articulate what they exactly want or need. Watching porn together can reveal a fantasy a partner may have been too shy to say aloud or admit to. 

Porn can be a tricky subject for couples to navigate. It should only be used if both partners agree to it and would like to try something new together. Since watching porn can speed up your arousal, chances are you may want to think about protection before you hit play.

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