How To Cure PIED

PIED, or porn-induced erectile dysfunction, is one of the most damaging side effects of porn addiction. 

Considering that pretty much every side effect of pornography addiction is damaging…that’s saying something. 

But thankfully even PIED can be cured. In this article we’ll be going over how to know if you have it — and what to do to get rid of it. Stay tuned. 

  • What is PIED?
  • How to know if you have PIED
  • The 90-day resent: a tried-and-true way to cure PIED 
  • How to cure PIED super fast

What is PIED?

As an acronym for pornography-induced erectile dysfunction, PIED occurs when someone has been so overstimulated by porn and/or PMO that they can no longer maintain an erection. This can be especially annoying when the opportunity to have actual sex arises. 

Many men find that porn addiction throws off their hormonal axis so much that they can no longer ‘get it up’ for the real thing. 

And don’t let its name fool you. Unlike regular erectile dysfunction, which normally affects older men with fading testosterone levels, PIED can affect guys of practically any age. 

One review study describes a clear link between porn use and sexual dysfunction: [1]

“:…Internet pornography’s unique properties (limitless novelty, potential for easy escalation to more extreme material, video format, etc.) may be potent enough to condition sexual arousal to aspects of Internet pornography use that do not readily transition to real-life partners, such that sex with desired partners may not register as meeting expectations and arousal declines.”

On the brighter side, this study also identifies PIED and other disorders as reversible:

“Clinical reports suggest that terminating Internet pornography use is sometimes sufficient to reverse negative effects, underscoring the need for extensive investigation using methodologies that have subjects remove the variable of Internet pornography use.”

How to know if you have PIED

Do you have PIED? If you feel more aroused by porn than you do by actual sex, you definitely might.

But an even more accurate diagnostic is our porn addiction test. Developed by Dr. Kevin Skinner, this test was created to measure the 6 symptoms of clinical addiction. Take the test here, or read up on what constitutes addiction below. 

Inability to abstain

This happens when an individual attempts to stop a specific behavior and just can’t. 

Impairment in behavioral control

Impulsive behaviors become almost impossible to control and can easily overpower your will. 

Craving or increased “hunger” for the rewarding experiences

Craving porn is a sure sign that you’re addicted to it — and at increased risk of developing PIED. 

Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships

Not being conscious of the possibility porn might damage your friendships, relationships, and/or marriage is another hallmark of addiction. Continuing to watch porn after you’ve realized it can cause erectile dysfunction is yet another. 

Dysfunctional emotional awareness

Porn addiction can cause extreme emotional swings. Worse yet, you might not even be aware of these swings. 

Shame and feelings of guilt around the subject

Pornography addiction can cause individuals to feel toxic shame and pull back from others. It can also reduce the intimacy and pleasure you feel from real sex. 

Once you’ve taken the porn addiction test you should have a much clearer picture of where you stand when it comes to dependency, addiction, or even PIED.  

The 90-day resent: a tried-and-true way to cure PIED 

The simplest and most straightforward way to cure PIED is by taking a long break from the behavior(s) that caused it. Pretty intuitive, right?

We recommend a 3-month/90-day reset to help you break free from porn addiction. Once you’re no longer watching porn and masturbating, your PIED will fade away naturally. The first week or two of this reset will probably seem hard, but trust us — it gets easier over time. Especially once you begin to notice just how much brighter life is without porn! 

Check out these firsthand accounts from yourbrainonporn.com to see what we mean: [2]

“Between late July and mid August this year, I went 40 days without watching pornography and masturbating. That streak ‘cured’ numerous health problems, which I have been suffering with for 5  years, including:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Eczema (it slowly got better and better and disappeared completely by around day 30, soon after I had sex for the first time in ages)
  • Night awakenings/ poor sleep quality”

Here’s another account of PIED being resolved from NoFap:

“I’m showing A LOT of classic signs of low testosterone: fatigue, thinning hair, low libido, mild erectile dysfunction, mild weight gain […] I always had this sickening feeling that my constant fapping could be contributing to my problems.”  [3]

How to cure PIED super fast

While the 90-day reset method is one of the most effective, there are also several viable ways to speed up your recovery period. 

One of the simplest ones? Fasting. Going for days without food is actually a great way to silence any type of cravings — whether we’re talking about junk food, soft drinks, or PMO. . Fasting can help your body recycle and renew its cells, too. Feel free to supplement your fast with bulletproof coffee (coffee + MCT oil) to help your body get into a ketogenic fat-burning state faster. 

You can also try NoFap’s ‘hard mode.’ This version of NoFap calls for total abstinence — no porn, no masturbation, and no sex! It’s a great way to really reset the way you view sex and sexual pleasure. And when you do come back around to sexual relationships, you’ll enjoy them a whole lot more. 

Another tactic involves taking supplements to regulate and restore your body’s dopamine levels. (Dopamine gets depleted by consistent porn use and is closely associated with PIED.) Some top supplements for this include:

  • Benfotiamine/thiamine [4]
  • Caffeine
  • Creatine
  • P5p
  • Phenylalanine
  • PQQ
  • Taurine
  • T3 (thyroid hormone)

One final method that can be used to bridge the gap between now and full recovery: getting a HIMS prescription for viagra. (HIMS actually prescribes a generic form of viagra called sildenafil, but it works the same way.) Take sildenafil roughly 30-60 minutes prior to sexual activity for best results. 

This is obviously a super-quick, short-term method, and it shouldn’t be used as a way to avoid the more foundational methods we’ve covered above. 

But it does help get you confident again. And this newfound confidence might just make your journey toward sexual health feel worthwhile. 

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