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DH_F
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this may seem like a silly question but i was just wondering if anyone knew. my boyfriend heard that if you have a lot of sex as a teen or any age at all that when you get older you wont be able to get an erection is that true? to me it doesnt seem true but i was just wonering. thanks
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-Lauren-
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I'd say that one's pretty much busted. Given the variety of men that experience erectile dysfunction (which isn't limited to only older adults), it's pretty unlikely that the amount of sex they had in the past had any effect on the disorder.

Sex has no significant health effects, whether good or bad.

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Mr. Matthew
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DH_F,

I'm not conected with Scarleteen in any official manner, but from all I see here I know that on Scarleteen there are no silly questions.

I've never read anything about a connection between sex in early life and erections later, and I doubt that any scientific study of that question has ever been done, but the idea of such a connection seems very unlikely. I can't imagine that the chemistry that controls the body has a counter in that, when one gets old, remembers what one did when young.

When I was a kid I heard the saying: "There are only so many shots in the old cannon." I think it came from a religeous institution that promoted fear to discouraged masturbation.

It seems more likely to me that those who learn to enjoy sex in a healthy way when young will have satisfying sexual experiences throughout life. I believe you can reassure your boyfriend that he has absolutely nothing to worry about regarding loss of erections later as a result of sex now or at any time in his life.

If you're both willing, ready, of age, and safe, then enjoy sex without fear.

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DH_F
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Thanks a lot. to me it just seemd like that wasnt true. cause i didnt understand how having sex often could make you loose an erection.
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cool87
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quote:
Sex has no significant health effects, whether good or bad.
I kinda disagree with you on that one.

Psychologists have shown that the immune systems of people who have sex once or twice a week are boosted. And sex is demanding physically, it could be described as a cardiovascular activity and therefore should be as positive for you health as any other cardiovascular activity such bicycling, running, whatever.

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-Lauren-
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Yes. I believe I should have been more specific in saying that sex has no exclusive health effects.

There are far too many myths that promote partnered sexual activities that claim exclusive and outrageous health benefits. I think it's important to stress that not only are most of the stated effects hogwash, but that the legitimate benefits can be obtained through other activites, such as masturbation or exercise.

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