Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction: The Silent Pandemic

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Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction: The Silent Pandemic

Have you ever heard of porn-induced erectile dysfunction (PIED)? There’s a good chance you haven’t. Relegated to the dusty confines of psychology journals and small clinical trials, it’d be easy to think that there was no problem at all. At least, as long as you aren’t among the large number of young men who have the condition. These men have to suffer in shame and in silence, anxiously awaiting the day that help comes.

Whether you’re a long-time sufferer or just someone looking to learn, this post will cover the fundamentals of porn-induced ED for the layman.

What Exactly Is Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction?

Put simply, porn-induced erectile dysfunction is a condition where men find it hard to get an erection. As the name implies, it’s caused by watching too much pornography. In its symptoms, it’s very similar to erectile dysfunction. Unlike traditional erectile dysfunction, which can have a wide variety of physical, pharmaceutical, and psychological causes, PIED is purely a problem of the mind. There seems to be a dose-dependent relationship between porn and erectile dysfunction. In other words, the more you watch, the worse it gets.

Who Is Most Likely To Develop PIED?

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Erectile dysfunction traditionally impacts older men. In contrast, porn-induced erectile dysfunction mostly occurs in younger men, usually below the age of 30. These young men like to watch porn and lots of it. Some of them are masturbating over a dozen times in a single day, although even far milder porn consumption has sometimes caused problems. Because of their pornography addiction, romantic intimacy becomes more and more difficult.

That’s not to say that older men can’t develop the same problem, of course. With more and more people having access to a computer, it’s been known to happen among older guys, too.

Is PIED Related to Pornography Addiction?

Pornography addiction isn’t just related to porn induced ed; it’s the prime cause. While a few unlucky guys have had bad experiences after dabbling with porn just a few times, for the most part, problems only start to arise after watching porn consistently over a period of months to years. While pornography addiction itself is widely recognized, sometimes its consequences are neglected. For these young men, getting help with their porn addiction is the first step towards solving their PIED problems.

What Kind of Symptoms Does PIED Cause?

PIED’s symptoms, for the most part, are the same as with traditional erectile dysfunction. Namely:

  • Difficulty maintaining an erection during sex
  • Difficulty having an orgasm
  • Inability to orgasm (anorgasmia)
  • Lack of sexual desire or arousal
  • Lack of motivation or passion

However, because PIED is ultimately caused by the brain, some men have reported some other, more unique symptoms like a loss of penile or testicular sensitivity. It’s not yet certain what causes these issues, or if there’s an actual link between them and PIED. Still, until more research is done, it’s plausible to guess that since they occur together, they might have the same cause.

How Is The Brain Involved?

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The same part of your brain responsible for feeling pleasure after drinking or smoking, sometimes called the “reward center” of the brain, is activated during sex. Your brain sends a flood of dopamine into your reward center to make you feel good and to try and encourage you to keep doing it.

This was all an evolutionary adaptation to promote sex. Sex, after all, is where babies come from. People who like having sex will have more of it, and people who have more of it will have more babies. Those babies would grow up, and then pass on those sex-loving genes to their children, and so on. That’s biology in a nutshell, and ultimately, your brains are working exactly the way they’re supposed to.

The problem is simple. Human brains didn’t evolve when pornography was around. Cavemen didn’t have access to the internet or to titillating magazines. When you sit down and watch porn, you’re flooding your brain with dopamine over, and over, and over again. Just like with drug addiction, your brain adapts, changes chemically, and builds up a tolerance.

And because your brain was stimulated for so long only in the presence of porn, normal sex just isn’t stimulating any longer.

Why Is This Important?

People all over the world are struggling with porn induced erectile dysfunction. Because of how embarrassing it is to talk about sex, especially an inability to have it, most of these men are keeping quiet about their problems. They don’t talk about how much they suffer: not to their doctors, not to their psychiatrists, and certainly not to their friends. They’re forced to turn online to try and find help for themselves.

Help is out there, but it starts with education. People need to know about porn addiction and the PIED that comes along with it. People need to know that it’s not a sign of weakness to struggle with this problem. On the contrary, enduring it is a sign of strength.

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