Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction (2014)

Anatomy & physiology teacher Gary Wilson explains the physiology of erections, how overstimulation via today's Internet porn can create erectile dysfunction (even in young men), and how others have recovered. For more information see Is my erectile dysfunction (ED) related to my porn use?


Supporting materials for this presentation

Studies mentioned in presentation

Expert testimony - Porn-Induced ED in the Media: Primarily Experts

Science sections containing multiple studies

Animal studies on sexual conditioning

DeltaFosB & sensitization articles

Adolescent brain vulnerabilities

Desentization articles

Internet porn is different

Addiction experts proclaim sexual behavior addiction exists

Porn-Induced ED Recovery Stories

What Viewers Say

It can be a relief to understand the causes of porn addiction-related ED

  • I found these videos the other day and found them to be very interesting. I actually read the brain book mentioned in the videos, and it's great as well. Everything adds up. Personal testament: I quit porn a few months ago. Since then haven't cheated or looked at porn. I've seen a few images by accident (i.e. opening a link with naked girls), but didn't watch any vids intentionally. Two weeks after I quit, I had sex with a girl for the second time (note: second time with her, not in my life) and I was able to maintain erection, ejaculate with a condom on (unheard of for me!) and then go for seconds 20 minutes later!
  • Excellent ! Thank you very much for uploading this video. This is exactly what I was searching for. Almost all my previous searches about porn addiction ended up in sites explaining it on the basis of religious faith.This explains about the addiction and the ways to get out of it on pure scientific and rational basis. Once again thank you very much. Hoping that more such good initiatives come from you in future.
  • It helps a lot to watch supporting material because, believe me, there is a lot out there that says porn isn't the problem at all. When I get The Urge, I come on here to read an article or video you posted. By the end of it the urge is gone. I'm going on almost two weeks now with no porn watching. I've masturbated maybe twice in those two weeks, but tried to think of real life situations. I've noticed small changes already like having morning erections again and random erections when I see a pretty girl. I seriously didn't have those for almost 2 years during the worst times.
  • I've seen Gary's slide show and really like it. Clients have been benefiting from it too! --Wendy Maltz, LCSW DST (sex therapist and author)
  • Your work is invaluable. --Mark Chamberlain, PhD (sex therapist and author)
  • Thanks for the simple rational reasons. No crazy religious insanity. This helped me greatly.
  • This is a truly educational piece of work, which flies in the face of conventional reasons for erectile dysfunction! Doctors should prescribe this series to all those who complain of ED. It really could save relationships, marriages and morality, too!
  • I have come to realize that porn addiction affects your brain physiologically, I can't explain it because I'm not a psychologist, biologist, or even graduated. But this guy can! This video series really, really, REALLY explained a lot of things with regards to porn and the brain and he completely covers nearly every topic. ... This series has convinced me that my porn days are over.
  • Since my last (failed) sexual encounter a few weeks ago, I've been tearing myself up wondering why I was having ED, questioning my sexuality, my health, and even wondering if I could ever be intimate with another human again. My physician gave me a prescription to Levitra, but I knew in my heart this was just treating a symptom and not the problem. And now reading your site, I realize the drug probably wouldn't have helped either. I guess I knew on some level that porn & masturbation were causing a problem, but I never connected it all together. When I read your material, I was immediately excited to run home and throw out my porn collection and scrub my computer. So far, it has been the easiest thing I've ever done. I AM SO RELIEVED TO HAVE FOUND AN ANSWER. So I just wanted to let you know that your website has helped change my life. I know I have a way to go, but I can see a better future already!
  • I watched your videos again, and I always seem to pick up something I didn't hear before. It's really condensed with information.
  • I want to thank you for the great videos on this subject. I'm trying my best to keep away from the gross heavy porn and not masturbate as I've noticed a profound difference.
  • It's been a week since I stopped. I made the choice to abstain from porn and masturbation. I had no choice to do this because I firmly (ironic choice of words) believe that my porn addiction caused ED. I am 19, had every test a urologist or primary care physician had in their arsenal, workout 5 days a week, eat a veggie-centric (though not vegetarian) diet, and I take pretty damn good care of my privates. I confirmed this [truth] not through conventional medical professionals, they either don't want to acknowledge or don't know that it is a serious problem, but through this amazing resource, physically, I have been getting some serious morning wood, which is kind of refreshing to know that it is still working, but I have yet to control and command erections like in my high school years. According to testimonials full recovery ... is highly variable depending on exposure, chemistry, etc. But for anyone else feeling like this is really wearing you down, eating at your confidence: I know how you feel, and you are not alone. Mentally, it has been a rough week. ...So yes, I am getting better, but my goodness it is tough. And yes, I can't overemphasize how much's videos have brought a peace of mind to know what has happened physiologically.
  • I watched this video series with rapt attention. Gary did a wonderful job with it. A great teacher and a pretty good entertainer :). You all are so good at what you do. The straight information without judgement. That is a rarity. I'm so thankful I discovered your articles and site. Thanks once more.
  • Had a serious porn addiction and when I started noticing ED when sleeping with women, I started getting really worried (I'm in my early 20's). I looked it up and found this website, watched all the videos, that documentary included and after only 2 weeks I can safely say that it has changed my life. I feel more confident than ever, women are more attracted to me, I'm seeing great improvement in the bedroom. Every day it gets better and I'm noticing how ridiculous I was being by being so attached to porn.
    I never thought of myself as someone with an addictive personality because I eat well, almost no junk food, I never got hooked on any drug or anything but it's fascinating to me that I never -ever- considered my usage of porn as addictive. Watch this documentary, it'll bring positive change in your life and if not yours, at least the ones around you. I've shared this with close friends and we're all doing the 'challenge', it's amazing the amount of positivity it brings.
  • I watched the "Your Brain on Porn" and the "Erectile Dysfunction and Porn" video series, and I was very impressed by how science-based the videos are, and like any good scientific explanation, I got to the end of the series thinking "Duh! That's obvious" even though I had never even considered the hypothesis before. This problem is something that really needs to be studied properly and made common knowledge. You're not going to talk most guys out of porn with any of the arguments I've ever heard, but impotency is something that guys will do just about anything to avoid. Again, thank you very much for the info.