What are the benefits of quitting porn?

Quitting porn comes with a range of benefits that can positively impact you not only physically, but mentally and socially as well. For some people the biggest positive change they notice is in their sex life and finding their ED or other issues with sexual performance are vastly improved. For others, the biggest positive change is in their self-image and interpersonal relationships. However there appears to be some common benefits that many men all experience.

After extensive research and thousands of very similar anecdotal accounts of a reversal of many apparently porn-induced sexual dysfunctions, YourBrainOnPorn say they believe “a return to normal dopamine signaling helps explain why many guys report the same improvements as they unhook from excessive consumption of Internet porn”. (YBOP, Porn, Masturbation and Mojo: A Neuroscience Perspective)

Physical Benefits of Quitting Porn

A return to a normal libido and enjoying better and stronger erections seem to be the key physical benefits of quitting porn. Many men report feeling as though they have got their normal sex drive and functioning back. One reason for this could be because of the return to the proper regulation of dopamine and other neruochemicals that have been hijacked by the negative effects of porn.

Other physical benefits include:


For many men, one of the main motivations for quitting porn comes from problems with ED, and if that’s the case for you, you may be wondering how and when you will recover from these issues. As we discussed in the previous question, many men have reported that during a reboot they initially experience what’s referred to as ‘flatlining’ – a loss of libido – but after a period of time not only does libido return, but also better and stronger erections.

Although your experience will be unique to you, a broad outline of the stages of recovery has been identified by urologist Dr T. Gapin:

Stage 1: A person experiences symptoms of withdrawal and intense cravings for pornographic stimulation.

Stage 2: After one or two weeks of abstinence, there is a slight increase in libido and positive feelings of well-being.

Stage 3: There is a complete loss of interest in sex, libido declines, and there are no more erections, even in the morning upon waking up.

Stage 4: There is a return of morning erections, some return of libido, and a returning interest in sex. These are followed by days where there are no erections or interest.

Stage 5: There are now clear signs of recovery. There is a return of erections, an interest in sex with a partner, and an experience of pleasurable sex. (Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction)

The amount of time it takes for you to move through these stages could be down to a number of factors such as your age, general health and how long you have had an issue for, the type of material you have been watching (more extreme porn could take longer to recover from) and the type of masturbation technique you’ve been using.

In some cases there could be other, underlying reasons why you have been suffering from ED, so it’s wise to consult a medical professional for advice if a reboot doesn’t seem to be working after committing to it for over three months.

Mental and Emotional Benefits of Quitting Porn

As you have probably experienced, the effects of porn addiction aren’t just physical. There can be a range of symptoms that affect you mentally and emotionally as well. This can range from isolating yourself so you can spend more time watching porn, to increased anxiety, depression and guilt over your porn use.

Men who have successfully quit watching porn have reported a range of benefits in addition to improved physical symptoms. These can include:


One of the most interesting improvements that many men have noticed when they quit porn is experiencing more vibrant emotions. One reason for this could be that porn can induce hyperstimulation which leads to your brain adjusting to attempt to bring you back to homeostasis (balance and internal stability). This can lead to a numbing of all your responses, including emotional ones.

Once you begin to overcome the overstimulation that porn may induce, you may find that your ability to experience emotions such as happiness and enjoyment of things outside of porn increases. This can help boost your confidence and your desire to connect to your friends, family and intimate partners once more. Many men report feeling a new excitement for and appreciation of their lives in general and are amazed to rediscover emotional responses they might not have felt in years.

Of course, an increase in your ability to feel your real emotional responses to life, rather than numbness, means access to a spectrum of emotions. This can include emotions such as sadness or grief. However, this can be a positive thing as it gives you a chance to truly experience what’s important to you and if needs be process issues and build your resilience generally.

If you feel unnerved by your emotions seek out support and remember that feeling your emotions can lead to greater strength. The end result is often described as feeling more vibrancy in your life. One very effective way to help you both get through quitting porn and to process new emotions as you become less numb is to learn Mindfulness – a powerful tool which we will discuss shortly.


Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction
. (n.d.). Retrieved 04 25, 2018, from Smart Mens Health: https://drgapin.com/porn-induced-erectile-dysfunction/

YBOP. (n.d.). Porn, Masturbation and Mojo: A Neuroscience Perspective. Retrieved 04 26, 2018, from Your Brain on Porn: https://www.yourbrainonporn.com/porn-masturbation-and-mojo-neuroscience-perspective

YBOP. (n.d.). Quitting Porn? Prepare for More Vibrant Emotons. Retrieved 04 26, 2018, from Your Brain on Porn: https://www.yourbrainonporn.com/quitting-porn-prepare-more-vibrant-emotions