Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction

 

Erectile dysfunction, in general, has been increasing in men under the age of 40 who are sexually active. Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation in between porn and erectile dysfunction. A lot of exposure to pornographic videos will result in a man experiencing low response while taking part in the sexual activity and will also increase the need for more kinky material in order to be aroused. Too much exposure can also lead to men not being aroused in the presence of their partner. They will only be able to become sexually excited while watching porn.

Pornography can create unrealistic expectations of what sexual intercourse should look like and what or how it should be like in bed. Porn-induced erectile dysfunction can also form due to how a person views pornography; religiously viewing porn then quickly switching from one scene to another or even watching several scenes at once causes a lot of stimulation which is not typically experienced when participating in real life sexual intercourse. Real sexual intercourse is about touching, being touched, pheromones and connecting with someone. If one trains their brain for porn, then that is how one shall perform best (while watching porn), so when they eventually end up with a real woman, their brain (which is programmed to watching porn) will not be sending enough signals to their penis for them to get aroused because they can’t feel the same excitement they do while watching porn. Thus this can be called as porn-induced erectile dysfunction.

 

How to Prevent Yourself from Getting Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction

The first and foremost thing to remember is to give up the viewing of porn. Treating porn addiction also works as a preventive measure for the future so that once your body starts to function normally again, you won’t fall into a trap again and undo all the recovery. The usual mindset people have when they are quitting porn is that they don’t really want to stop, but they know if they do stop they will recover so they believe that resisting the urge just about long enough will lead them to a full-fledged recovery. Normally thinking in this frame of mind will cause a relapse, this sort of thinking will set you up for failure and create a sense of sacrifice. Rather than having your mind believe that you’re giving something up you should try to free yourself from the habit.

It’s not just good enough to avoid porn for a while, a change will need to happen in your thought process and they way you think and feel. Then you will have to deconstruct the associations you have created around porn and how porn fits into your life. Whether you are someone struggling with an intense compulsion or you see yourself as an addict, the fact remains that you have created justifications in for why you are doing it, consciously or subconsciously. So once you’re able to change your beliefs then you can automatically change your behavior. Such a change can only be achieved through deep reflection and an increased awareness, this will require a lot of self-realisation and honestly with yourself as that is the foundation of a long lasting recovery.

 

Recovery from Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction

The recovery process involved in people experiencing porn induced erectile dysfunction does not mean anti – masturbation, but it will be important to abstain for a period of time in order to make a full recovery from Porn-induced erectile dysfunction. Sometimes it seems difficult for people to stop and then they will fall right back into previous habits even though they have been clean (abstaining from watching porn/masturbating) for more than two months. This is only because they have been constantly trying to fight it, their temptation is too high. The only reason their temptation is too high is that they have not been dealing with the reasons as to why they turned to porn. If these problems are not solved from the root, people tend to let their ability to cope with an adverse emotional state take over and they will still believe that porn provides benefits to them.

 

Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction Reboot

The goal of a reboot is to discover what sort of a person you are without the impact of porn in your life. The most efficient way to start the reboot process for your brain is to stop associating with artificial sexual stimulation (erotica, porn, fantasies, masturbation, and even orgasms) and start associating yourself with a real person to get a more sensual feel; this will be very beneficial and will boost a recovery from porn-induced erectile dysfunction. Most people might think that if it’s just watching porn that is the problem why would they need to stop masturbating as well. Since there has not been a lot of research and studies were done on this topic, rebooting advice is gained from people who have successfully rebooted, and almost every individual who rebooted has said that mixing masturbation or orgasms into the reboot process will have very detrimental consequences as it can slow down the process or sometimes even entirely derails the process.

Here are a few things to note when undergoing the reboot process:

It will take about three months to before you finally factory reset your brain and recover from porn-induced erectile dysfunction.

  • Stop watching porn and especially stop masturbating to it. Will your body need to unlearn the methods it has been taught by your porn habits over the past few days? Months? Years? Porn is only viewed as a masturbatory aid so find something else to do when you get the craving for an orgasm. You need to be able to break the correlation between having an erection from viewing naked bodies from a screen.  Masturbating should be stopped for at least a month into the process; it allows your body to reset itself from any artificial sexual stimulation. But on the other hand, if you’re having sex with a partner it is advised to continue doing so. Take part in real things rather than artificial ones.

 

  • After a whole month of abstaining yourself from porn and masturbation (the dry period), you can slowly start to masturbate again, but not often, maybe once, twice maybe even three times during a week and make sure that you don’t experience the orgasm by viewing porn. Rather use your imagination, close your eyes and try to retrain your body to be aroused by the sense of touch instead of the sense of sight. It will be a little bit difficult at the beginning to get used to masturbating like this and sometimes you might not even get an erection. Sometimes it might help if you were in the same position you were in while watching porn a month ago. Remember that this is just training so it’s okay for it to be a little hard at the beginning.

 

After two weeks if everything is alright then try to change the build up to an orgasm, normally while masturbating it is the motion of the hand that helps, but while having real sex it is the motion of your hips. So try pushing your penis into your hand rather than having your hand go back and forth. Try to also implement a stop-start method where you get an erection and then take your hands off and count to 10, if the erection gets limp in that time then reduce the count to 5. This is important because while having real sex you need to be able to maintain an erection to put on a condom or change positions.

 

This step can take a from three weeks to almost six weeks, it is advised to spend at least three weeks in this process as you will be training your body to get used to a different routine and structure.

 

  • For the final step, it is time to add some variety and make sex life more interesting. During this time try masturbating in different positions. Get and erection and then stop, grab a condom, put it on and then get back to masturbating. This is what would happen in real life, so you are trying to train the brain to get accustomed to that sort of a habit. So by this time, your masturbation periods will be very similar to having real life sex rather than sitting in front of a screen and watching porn and masturbating.

If these things don’t help then it might be time to visit a doctor and have a physical done to find if there is another problem. Maybe, even visiting a therapist to work through issues regarding sexuality. Sometimes it might be caused by the reduced attractiveness to a partner so a couples therapist might be needed to assist through that situation.

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