How I am Overcoming PIED and Reclaiming My Sexuality 

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Have you ever been in a situation where everything seems to be going great, but then there’s one thing holding you back? 

Well, that’s exactly where I found myself not too long ago.  

A little about me: I’m a 25-year-old male who is pretty healthy and genuinely enjoying life. Until things went off track for me.  

It all started with what seemed like a regular dating life. I was meeting some incredible women, hitting it off, and everything felt right… until it didn’t.  

You see, when it came down to performing, well, my body just didn’t respond the way it should.  

In fact, it was recently, after a particularly promising date, that I finally faced the harsh reality—I couldn’t perform when it mattered most! Despite enjoying the foreplay and pleasuring my partner, my body refused to cooperate; I was not able to get hard. 

It left me feeling pretty frustrated and ashamed. 

Cue the panic mode. I was really anxious & stressed. After all, I couldn’t wrap my head around it.  

Why is this happening???!! Here I was, a young and healthy guy, hitting the gym regularly and taking care of myself, and yet, when it came to intimacy, well, nothing worked out.  

And that is not all! The most confusing thing was I was able to hit it off pretty well with porn.  I was able to get erect & reach orgasm while watching porn! 

I was baffled. What was happening? It looked like my body had a mind of its own, responding only to select something.  

So, with all this confusion, I turned to the internet for answers and boy, did I find them.  

Research after research led me to a shocking revelation: excessive porn consumption could be the hidden reason behind my bedroom blues! (In fact, here is one study you should definitely check.) 

It was like a light bulb moment; suddenly, everything started to make sense to me. Getting turned on with porn but not otherwise. It all made sense! 

You see, years of consuming porn had basically desensitized me to real-life intimacy, leaving me unable to perform without artificial stimulation. Adding to this was the performance anxiety.   

I was so hooked on porn that performing when it actually mattered was becoming difficult for me.  

Now, realizing that something as seemingly harmless as watching porn could have such a profound impact on my sexual health was a wake-up call. 

So, with this new discovery, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I didn’t want PIED to control my life any longer.  

I decided to cut porn out of my life once and for all.  No more late-night binges, no more mindless scrolling through adult websites. It was time to reclaim control. 

Now, if you are someone with porn addiction, you will understand this- IT WAS NOT AT ALL EASY! 

Breaking an old habit is never easy, and kicking a porn addiction is no exception.  

But I had just two choices- either I continue with my porn habits, or I take control of my intimate moments, enjoying real-life experiences with real people! 

Well, this isn’t that difficult to decide, right? 

In fact, I just used to tell myself every time the urge hit me-  

Remember, man, you just need to somehow push through these initial discomforts to reach better benefits in life. To get the ultimate bliss of exploring and enjoying actual things with real people! 

Honestly, it was all very hard, but I guess I am coming through. It’s been about 15 days now.  

And you know what, just a few days ago (about 10 days into my porn detox), I found myself on another date, nervous yet hopeful. And indeed, something was different this time. Instead of being stuck on my insecurities, I focused on the moment, on the connection I shared with my partner. It worked!  

Sure, it wasn’t the most magical night, but for the first time in what felt like forever, I was able to fully engage in the experience without any performance anxiety looming over me. 

Now, as I sit here sharing this, I won’t lie saying that everything is rainbows and butterflies from here on out. No, not at all. After all, recovery is a long journey.  

But each small victory, each step forward, reaffirms my belief that I’m on the right path. 

So, to anyone out there struggling with PIED or any form of sexual dysfunction, know that you’re not alone. It’s okay to seek help, to ask questions, to make tough changes in life, to see your aim to the finish line.  

Just remember, progress may be slow, but it’s progress, nonetheless. 

Cheers to a life free from the shackles of PIED. We’ve got this. 

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Morgan Schmidt

Morgan Schmidt, LPC, a Yale University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specializes in addiction treatment and is a licensed professional counselor. His practice as a therapist is informed by both his academic background and hands-on experience in the field. In addition to his therapeutic work, Morgan is also an active writer, sharing his knowledge on psychological and addiction topics, thereby reaching and educating a broader audience.

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