PIED: Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction
Posted by Alice Little on March 23, 2018
What is PIED?
PIED stands for “Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction,” a condition that is only now being understood. For years, sex workers have noticed an ever-increasing trend in sexual dysfunction in younger men, who were otherwise perfectly healthy and lacked a cause for their ED. These men shared similar stories- a lack of interest in their real life encounters, their bodies not responding normally to stimuli, and disappointing orgasms. In addition to those tales, the men all shared something else in common, a mutual interest in online pornography. Through a combination of physical and mental overstimulation they accidentally had trained their bodies to stop responding to genuine, physical encounters- thus resulting in the inability to achieve an erection with a partner.
How Does Porn Cause PIED?
Porn in of itself doesn’t cause erectile dysfunction- it’s how we use porn that causes the problem. Unfortunately in our society, we suffer from a gross lack of sexual education in school. Young boys aren’t taught how to masturbate, and have to learn as they go. So what do you do? You try something… and it feels good. So you do it again, and it feels almost as good as the first time. Then you increase the stimulation until it feels just as good as that first time. At a certain point in their teenage years, many men begin to include pornography in their masturbation routines. Much like how when they were just learning how to masturbate and it didn’t take much stimuli to orgasm, it initially won’t take much in the way of hard-core porn to achieve an orgasm. As time goes on, the dial on the intensity goes up. It requires more porn, more hardcore actions, etc. This leads to a dangerously unhealthy cycle of marathon masturbation sessions that leave one feeling sexually frustrated and disappointed.
PIED is a physiological rather than psychological condition. By this, I mean that there isn’t a mental condition that is causing the problem. On a scientific level, when you masturbate and orgasm your body produces a chemical called Dopamine. Dopamine is the feel-good drug that our brain rewards us when it’s positively stimulated. Remember that saying that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing? That is what happens when you overindulge in porn-fueled masturbation. Your body requires more and more physical stimuli before it produces dopamine. This problem is further perpetuated a Dopamine is involved in the processes that create an erection. No dopamine, no erection.
So How Do We Cure PIED?
Much in the same way that one trains their body into PIED, you also have to train yourself out of it. Of course, going ‘cold turkey’ is an option- but who really wants to go completely sexless for months on end? Instead, I’ve put together a specific routine that men can follow to put themselves back on track. There isn’t a quick fix, and each body will respond different to the recovery process. It’s important that you remain patient with yourself, because the results aren’t instantaneous. It’s important to be emotionally invested in the process, as that will keep you motivated throughout your recovery. PIED is reversible, but isn’t fixed overnight,
First, you have to retrain your body to become aroused by healthy stimuli. A frequent problem with masturbation is that men tend to grip themselves too tightly, and manipulate their bodies aggressively. This leads to a physical sensation problem, where less extreme sensations no longer feel pleasurable. To combat this, I often will blindfold my partners suffering from PIED so they stop looking for the visual stimuli like porn, and instead focus on the sensations I’m creating with my hands. I’ll often use different sensory experiences such as cold ice cubes, soft rabbit fur, etc. The unexpected sensations will be new and exciting, triggering your body to produce Dopamine in response.
The second step towards recovery is to get your body engaged in real-life sex encounters. One of the problems frequently reported by men with PIED is that sex no longer feels fulfilling when compared to porn. It can be incredibly difficult to cease watching porn all together, so instead I advocate for the healthy inclusion of porn in the bedroom. This looks like having the movie on in the background as a secondary stimuli that enhances the experience, rather than being the entire experience. Watching porn with your partner encourages spontaneous, healthy sex encounters!
The third and final step to reversing the condition is to develop and establish appropriate porn watching behaviors. If you’ve already been through a bout with PIED, it is twice as likely to happen again. We are creatures of habit, and so it becomes very important to consciously alter our behavioral patterns. Using a Fleshlight while watching porn once a week is a healthy way to enjoy porn without overindulging. Choosing to only enjoy porn with a partner and using mental-imagery only during masturbation is another healthy alternative.
As a sex worker, many men recovering from PIED seek out my services as part of their recovery process. Having an erectile dysfunction condition can be embarrassing, and cause someone to be self conscious. As a professional there is never any judgment about your situation, only a willingness and desire to help. I have over two years of experience helping men overcome PIED, and other E.D. related conditions. My experiences have given me great insight as to how addictive porn can be, and how difficult it can be to avoid. However I’m glad to report that most men are able to overcome their PIED through hard work, effort, and my services.