Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
According to a recent article in Rolling Stone, "Thousands of men claim that porn addiction has led to erectile dysfunction." Gabe Deem, along with countless other young males, are reportedly plagued with PIED, or porn induced erectile dysfunction. While PIED does not yet hold a place in any diagnostic manual, it has quickly become a problem for many guys who frequent pornography sites. This type of erectile dysfunction is “psychogenic” in that the dysfunction has no physiological cause. Researchers explain that they are now seeing this as more of a problem because porn is so widely accessible to these young men in whatever form and fashion they prefer.
Gary Wilson, author of Your Brain on Porn, points to high levels of dopamine released when stimulating material is viewed. The more that the material satisfies sexual desires, the more dopamine is released. Consequently, the Internet literally holds pornographic material for every fetish imaginable providing vast amounts of visual stimulation.
According to Wilson, the more we view this visual stimulation, the more we condition our brain to link pornography with sexual gratification. However, after a while, the brain starts requiring more and more dopamine to explicit the same original response driving men to even more extreme content then where they started. Ultimately, when these men come back to reality and seek out sexual gratification from another human, their needs simply cant be met in the same way pornography meets their needs.
Is there hope?
Recovery is possible, and erections do return. Deem, along with many others, have chosen a path of abstinence. After some time, these men noticed less PIED and a great improvement in erections. If porn is wrecking your erection when attempting sex with others, contact one of our experts at SHAW Center for Healing and let us help you find Sexual Health and Wellness.
To read Rolling Stone's article, click here.
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