Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction (new video by Gary Wilson)

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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

Comments

I am very aware that my addiction to porn has made me insensitive to "regular" women and sex. I used to watch porn 2-4 times daily while masturbating each time of course. Incredibly it became a habit to watch porn & masturbate AGAIN immediately after the first go. In other words every session of porn includes a second session right after. It's like I couldn't get on with the day until I masturbated twice.

My goal is to not watch porn for one month (Ramadan is coming up so my faith is another reason not to fail) but I cannot imagine not masturbating that long. Considering I used to do it 2-4 times daily is it helpful to limit touching myself once a day with orgasm? Will recovering take much longer doing so?

I hear when someone wants to quit something like smoking/drinking moderation is key so it's best to start off with limiting the addiction then slowly quitting all together. What do you think of that? I must remind you I'm on the same page to not watch porn at all.

Depends on how you define reboot. If your goal is to simply stop your porn use, then stopping only porn equals success. If it's recovery from porn-induced ED, then stopping masturbation appears to be necessary.

To be honest, we have never seen anyone successfully reboot their brains while maintaining a regular masturbation schedule. (After rebooting, a schedule may work fine.) Masturbation activates cravings that often lead back to porn. Masturbation is tightly linked to porn, so "un-linking" involves stopping both.

Note that cutting back works primarily for only two addictions - caffeine and nicotine. Neither chemical interferes with functioning (may improve it), and is ingested in very specific amounts throughout the day. People get addicted to both, find their levels and stay there.

Cutting back does not work for other drugs, or pathological gambling, or food. Consuming these other addictions usually leads to escalation and right back to where you started.

This link discusses sensitization - which is the reactivation of addiction pathways by one exposure -
http://yourbrainonporn.com/why-am-i-still-noticing-a-dopamine-rush-after...

Also, read the rebooting accounts under tools for change. You will have to decide what works for you.
good luck

I've watched the 6 parts series and this one ... everything is so clear to me now and understood !.. my question : should I read the articles about ed , porn and other things before rebooting ? , aren't these two series enough to be in the picture ?

I can't thank you enough for this site !

Read rebooting. If you have ED go to the ED & Porn section and read the appropriate articles. There's more to know is this journey. Good luck,

gary

That's what I'm gonna do , God/Nature bless you Mr Gary

I can't thank you enough for this site !

I made it 11 weeks without looking at porn. I am feeling like my life is worth living again with the dopamine receptor regeneration. This week I was at home alone. I masturbated in a controlled manner for a little while and then looked at porn (not due to craving and without masturbating). I thought that since my dopamine receptors were up again, I'd have no problem with ED. Unfortunately, I still do. Manuel stimulation gets does fine, but fantasy or looking at women during daily activities alone won't do it yet. I guess when the ED stops, I'll know. I have gotten the social and dopamine benefits with much physical improvement down there. Now I guess I have to completely get rid of the sexual stimulation like I did before and just wait it out to make a complete recovery from ED.

Manuel stimulation gets does fine, but fantasy or looking at women during daily activities alone won't do it yet

If you can get a strong erection through manual stimulation then by definition you don't have ED. How old are you? Be aware - How you responded at 15 is not how you will respond in your twenties or older.

Also, addiction involves much more than dopamine. Addiction pathways will continue to weaken. I suspect you will continue to see improvements. Men write 6 months later saying they see continue to see improvements.

Please note that the Part 4 video should be:
"Erectile Dysfunction and Porn: Part 4"
instead of
"Your Brain on Porn: Porn Addiction (Part 4)"
that is, the fourth video is pointing to the part 4 of the 6 part Porn Addiction series.

Please correct it.
Thanks in advance.

I appreciate that. Its probably been that way for 2 years!!

I have always suspected my ED was caused by porn use. Something in my brain told me that, like a little bird in a dark corner crying for help.
Now that I have found this web site I knew that voice was right.
I will recover. It does not matter how long it will take, I will safe myself from this nightmere. Thank god there is someone how understood the situation and gives important information about it. They give us a fast internet connection, porn and than when we are screwed they try to sell us viagra. This is another deep abyss people can get lost without know what is really happening to them. We must inform people. thank you.. from the bottom of my heart.

Jo

Hi!

First of all, thanks so much for putting together this site - it’s an amazing resource that I think will provide hope and inspiration to many men all around the world.

I’m just starting my porn-free journey in an attempt to alleviate what I believe to be porn-induced ED and DE. I’m a little bit confused by some of the neuroscience and was hoping you could help me clear something up:

You state in your videos that dopamine is the cause of all addictions, and that too much dopamine can result in a weakened reward circuit. I want to know if this reward circuit is activity specific, or general. Do I have to reduce dopamine dependence in general, or just when it relates to porn?

I guess the crux of my question is “Will feeding my nicotine addiction affect my reboot and my ability to normalise dopamine levels in my brain?”

Forgive me if this has been explained elsewhere on the site

Thanks :)

One key concept to understand is that addiction involves more that the reward circuit, and whole lot more than dopamine down regulation. Watch the adolescent brain video to the right to understand sensitization - which is more important to ED than low dopamine.

Will feeding my nicotine addiction affect my reboot and my ability to normalise dopamine levels in my brain?”

Smokers recover from PIED. But I can't say it won't affect your reboot. That's about all I know.

good luck

 

 

Thank you for the fantastic website. I think most guys intuitively know porn is bad but when you read online that masturbation is normal, you tend to just assume that pornography is normal as well. I have a question --

Do you have any clues about how to figure when you've recovered enough to start phasing out the abstinence period?

Thank you!

It's hard to say, as there are so many factors.  Keep in mind that some guys are not completely abstinent - they have a wife or girlfriend and continue to have sex. The reboot is really your own experiment. This faq may help..or may not.

How do I know when I'm back to normal?

good luck

Hello.

I tried to have sex with my gf, but then I didn't get an erection. I perfomed oral sex to her meanwhile masturbating (thinking in other girls), then I had an erection, we have sex during about 15 seconds ... ya... premature ejaculation.

Firstly, I thought it was ansiety or nervous (it is a new girfriend). But then I noticed that there is no morning wood and I can t have an erection without fantasying.

Should I reboot?