Porn-Induced Sexual Dysfunctions
"It's hard to know exactly how many young men are suffering from porn-induced ED. But it's clear that this is a new phenomenon, and it's not rare." (link)
- Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, Director of Men’s Health Boston and Clinical Professor of Urology at Harvard Medical School
If you have a porn-induced erectile dysfunction (PIED), the problem is not in your penis - it's in your brain. First step is to watch these videos:
- Porn-induced Erectile Dysfunction (2014)
- Porn-induced ED Reboot Advice Vlog: Gabe Deem
- Porn-induced ED recovery (Noah Church at The Mystery Box Show)
- TEDx talk by a young gay man who recovered from PIED and reclaimed his sexuality
- The Basics of Rebooting, by Gabe Deem
- Adolescent Brain Meets High-speed Internet Porn (2013): Very applicable to young men with porn-induced ED or porn-induced fetishes.
Next, you need to read Rebooting Basics. Everyone wants to know How long will it take? Also read "HELP!" to prepare for the "flatline." See Rebooting Advice & Observations for pages of tips, advice, and motivation from those who have successfully recovered. If needed, here are useful tips for long rebooters.
For ED recovery stories, scroll down to Porn-Induced ED Recovery Stories. For longer more detailed stories of ED recovery see rebooting accounts1 and rebooting accounts2. Read about the growing numbers of experts recognizing and treating porn-induced ED, and recent studies on young men reporting a sharp rise in ED rates.
Finally, if you still have questions:
- look below,
- see the Porn FAQ's page, or
- read Gabe Deem answers common questions about PIED recovery.
Everything we know about PIED is on this page. Always keep in mind that every aspect of porn-induced ED is on a spectrum. You must judge what's right for you based on your history and current symptoms. Be flexible in your approach.
- Please do not ask YBOP admins questions specific to your situation. YBOP does not diagnose or provide medical or sexual advice. YBOP strongly suggests you see a competent medical professional to rule out psychological issues, dietary deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, or other organic causes.
- If your doctor confirms that you do not have an organic (below the belt) issue, and tells you that you are suffering from "performance anxiety," read this: What Experts Tell Guys Suffering From PIED
Additional note: Although rebooting and rewiring your brain seem to be the keys, it may also be helpful to keep blood and nitric oxide flowing in the penis. Here's what this man's urologist suggested:
It's part of the same protocol they give to patients who have had a prostectomy. This can also be achieved with the use of a vacuum erection device and probably through kegels and reverse kegels as well. I don't know how important this is for someone with PIED vs vascular forms of ED but it's what my doctor recommended and it seems to be helping. Taking them at a low dose over a period of time also helps to establish a baseline level of nitric oxide to help make erections stronger but that can also be achieved through diet and exercise which I recommend strongly. [NOTE: The longer term effects of becoming reliant on ED meds may not yet be established.)
- START HERE: Porn-Induced Sexual Dysfunction
- How long will it take to recover from Porn-Induced Sexual Dysfunction?
- HELP! I quit porn, but my potency, genital size, and/or libido are decreasing (Flatline)
- How do I know if my ED is porn-related? (TEST)
- Started on Internet porn and my recovery from porn-induced ED is taking too long
- Porn-Induced ED in the Media: Experts who recognize PIED
- Research confirms sharp rise in youthful ED
- Porn-induced ED: Empirical Evidence
- Medical doctors who are rebooting (or have rebooted).
- What Experts Tell Guys Suffering From PIED (the good & the bad)
- Study: Man rebooted to recover from porn-induced low libido and anorgasmia (2014)
The Basics: More Audio & Video
- Radio Show: The basics of Porn-induced, by Gary Wilson
- Radio Show: 2 Interviews with Gabe Deem. PIED, 9 months for sex (15 months to recover).
- How long to recover from porn-induced erectile dysfunction (PIED)? by Noah B. Church
- Why doesn’t sex feel that great? (porn-induced desensitization and DE), by Noah Church
- PORN MYTHS: The truth behind addiction & sexual dysfunctions, by Gabe Deem
- Radio Show: Young Psychiatrist Discusses His Porn-induced ED
- 'Generation X-Rated': Global News Canada (Porn-Induced ED)
- The Dr. Oz Show addresses Porn-induced ED (2013)
- Video: Urologist Andrew Kramer discusses ED (including porn-induced ED)
- College of Charleston: Noah Church and Dr. Todd Love
- Video by MD: Causes of ED in young men (includes porn)
Commonly Asked Questions
- Gabe Deem answers common questions about PIED recovery
- Any connection between orgasm, abstinence, and testosterone levels?
- Do I have to have sex in order to rewire?
- If I have ED, don't I need to "use it or lose it?"
- What about ED drugs (Viagra, Cialis) and porn-induced ED?
- What if I masturbate (edge) or watch porn without orgasm?
- What stimuli must I avoid during my reboot? Did I relapse?
- Beware the "Does my penis still work?" cycle. It's a trap.
- Will a relapse set me back?
- What about semen leakage?
- What are the nerubiological effects of frequent ejaculation?
- What about 'sexual exhaustion' as a cause of PIED?
Other Sexual Problems
- Any suggestions for healing delayed ejaculation (DE) or anorgasmia?
- Is my premature ejaculation (PE) related to my porn use?
- What part does anxiety play in ED?
- Unusual masturbation techniques causing problems (Traumatic Masturbation Syndrome)?
- What about "Venous Leak"
- I'm straight, but attracted to transexual or gay porn (or gay attracted to straight porn). What's up?
- Is my fetish porn-induced?
- Am I asexual?
Rebooting With a Partner
- Rebooting with a partner: What about sex?
- What do I say to my mate?
- Porn-induced ED: What do I tell my girlfriend?
YBOP Blog Posts on Porn-Induced ED
- Don't I need to ejaculate frequently for prostate health?
- Testosterone Research versus Testosterone Myths
- Has too much masturbation decreased my testosterone levels?
- Testosterone necessary for nocturnal erections, but waking erections depend on dopamine.
- Using meditation to reverse ED
- Healthy Erections?
- Low Dopamine Implicated in Impotence?
Articles About Masturbation
- Rethinking the Wonders of Adult Masturbation (our latest & most comprehensive)
- Masturbation, Fantasy and Captivity
- WEIRD Masturbation Habits
- The Right Masturbation Advice
- Are You Exiting the Gene Pool Due to Low Sperm Count or ED?
Basic Physiological Research
Studies: Increasing Rates of Sexual Problems
Studies: Porn Related Sexual Problems/Altered Libido
- Study: Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours (2014)
- Study: Brain Structure and Functional Connectivity Associated With Pornography Consumption: The Brain on Porn (2014)
- Study: Unusual masturbatory practice as an etiological factor in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in young men (2014)
- Study: Adolescents and web porn: a new era of sexuality (2015)
- Studies: PDF of a lecture by Carlo Foresta, urology professor (2014)
- Study: Patient Characteristics by Type of Hypersexuality Referral: A Quantitative Chart Review of 115 Consecutive Male Cases (2015)
- Study: Sexual Desire, Not Hypersexuality, Is Related to Neurophysiological Responses Elicited by Sexual Images (2013)
- Study: Modulation of late positive potentials by sexual images in problem users and controls inconsistent with 'porn addiction' (2015)
- Study: Erectile Dysfunction, Boredom, and Hypersexuality among Coupled Men from Two European Countries (2015)
- "Study": Erectile Dysfunction Forums Offer Raw Insight Into How Millions Of Men Cope With The Condition. HuffPost (2015)
Porn-Induced ED in the Media: Primarily Experts
- Too Much Internet Porn May Cause Impotence. Urology Professor, Carlo Foresta (2011)
- The Dr. Oz Show addresses Porn-induced ED (2013)
- Internet Porn and Erectile Dysfunction, by Urologist James Elist, F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.(2013)
- YBOP review of "The New Naked" by urologist Harry Fisch, MD (2014)
- Psychiatrist Norman Doidge on Pornography & ED: Chapter 4 from "The Brain That Changes Itself" (2007)
- 'Generation X-Rated' (Porn-Induced ED) - Urologist Abraham Morgentaler (2014)
- LIVE BLOG: Porn-induced erectile dysfunction (Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, Gabe Deem) (2014)
- Pornography & Erectile Dysfunction, by Lawrence A. Smiley M.D.(2013)
- Looking at porn on the internet could ruin your sex life, doctor says. Harry Fisch, MD (2014)
- Behind the documentary: Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction, by Global News Canada (2014)
- Watching porn can cause male sexual dysfunction. Urologists David B. Samadi & Muhammed Mirza (2014)
- Solutions for porn-induced erectile dysfunction, by Sudeepta Varma, MD, Psychiatry (2013)
- Porn-induced erectile dysfunction in healthy young men, Andrew Doan MD, PhD
- Too Much Porn Contributing to ED: Urologist Fawad Zafar (2014)
- Online Videos Causing IRL Erectile Problems? by Andrew Smiler PhD (2014)
- Catastrophic effects of adolescent porn addiction, Wrishi Raphael, MD (2014)
- Dr. Rosalyn Dischiavo on porn-induced ED (2013)
- Do You Masturbate Too Much? Urologist Tobias Köhler, Therapist Dan Drake (2014)
- How Online Sexual Stimulation Can Lead to In Real Life Sexual Dysfunction, by Jed Diamond PhD (2014)
- Men who watch too much porn can't get it up, warns Manchester sex therapist (2014)
- Video by MD: Causes of ED in young men (includes porn)
- Is Porn Destroying Your Sex Life? By Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S (2013)
- Why A Sex Therapist Worries About Teens Viewing Internet Porn, by Dr. Aline Zoldbrod (2013)
- Seven Sharp with Caroline Cranshaw - The damage caused by internet porn addiction
- Reality is not enough exciting (Swedish), Psychiatrist Goran Sedvallson. urologist Stefan Arver, psychotherapist Inger Björklund
- Porning too much? by Robert Taibbi, L.C.S.W.(2012)
- Too Much Internet Porn: The SADD Effect, by Ian Kerner PhD.(2013)
- Why porn and masturbation can be too much of a good thing, Dr. Elizabeth Waterman (2013)
- Chris Kraft, Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins sexologist discusses porn-induced sexual dysfunctions
- Need porn diet for three to five months to get an erection again, Alexandra Katehakis MFT, CSAT-S (2013)
- Erectile dysfunction increases among young men, sex therapist Brandy Engler, PhD
- Does Porn Contribute to ED? by Tyger Latham, Psy.D. in Therapy Matters (2012)
- What causes erectile dysfunction?, Dr. Lohit K, M.D (2014)
- Just Can't Get It Up: ZDoggMD.com (2013)
- Time-out cures man of Internet porn addiction & ED: CBS video, Dr. Elaine Brady (2013)
- Porn causing erectile dysfunction in young men (Global News Canada) (2014)
- Is “Normal” Porn Watching Affecting Your Manhood? by sexologist Maryline Décarie, M.A. (2013)
- Dan Savage answers question about porn-induced ED (12-2013)
- Urologist: Pornography can cause erectile dysfunction for young men (2012)
- Erection problems from too much porn - Swedish (2013)
- Suffering from ED? This Reason May Surprise You, by Michael S Kaplan, MD (2014)
- 'Porn' makes men hopeless in bed: Dr Deepak Jumani, Sexologist Dhananjay Gambhire (2013)
- Internet porn wrecking conjugal ties in India (Porn-induced ED), Dr. Narayana Reddy (2013)
- Pornography was the only one who got Donald aroused: Swedish (2013)
- Director of Middlebury College Health Center, Dr. Mark Peluso, sees rise in ED: blames porn (2012)
- Sexual Dysfunction: The Escalating Price of Abusing Porn (2012)
- "Addicted to Viagra: They should be at their most virile, but a growing number of young men can’t cope without those little blue pills" (2012)
- Is porn addiction on the rise in Bangalore? (2014)
- When porn becomes a problem (Irish Times). Sex therapists Trish Murphy, Teresa Bergin, Tony Duffy (2015)
- Porn Addiction, Porn Creep and Erectile Dysfunction By Billi Caine, B.Sc Psych, RN (2015)
- Is Porn Erectile Dysfunction Fact or Fiction? by Kurt Smith, LMFT, LPCC, AFC (2015)
- Counsellors battle ‘plague of pornography’, psychologists Seema Hingorrany & Yolande Pereira, paediatrician, Samir Dalwai (2015)
- Online pornography and compulsive masturbation cause impotence in young, Emilio Loiacono MD (2015)
- Torn on porn: A look at addiction & pornography. Dr. Charlotte Loppie, University of Victoria Professor in the School of Public Health (2016)
- Hardcore corruption of the human hard disk (2012)
- He’s Just Not That Into Anyone, By Davy Rothbart (2011)
- Did porn warp me forever? Salon.com (2013)
- Has Porn Ruined Our Sex Lives Forever? The Daily Dose. (2014)
- The Young Turks discuss porn-induced ED (2011)
- How porn is destroying modern sex lives: Feminist writer Naomi Wolf has an unsettling explanation for why Britons are having less sex (2013)
- Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse”, Vanity Fair (2015)