I've been watching porn since I was 14 years old - and I've done so nearly everyday since I was 16 (not more than once a day though - I wasn't that addicted). Yet I'm currently well into the longest period I've ever gone without masturbating, at 10 days (but 21 days without porn).
I'm 19 now. I've always felt like I was abnormal in terms of sexuality. I've pretty much never felt anything sexually for any "real" girl, although I have been romantically interested in them. There seemed to be a disconnect between romantic attraction and sexual attraction, to the extent that I've even wondered at times whether I might be asexual. This lack of sexual attraction means I've never felt any urge to push things further with any girl, and few if any attempt anything, either. Combine this with the desire for romantic relationships, and you get years of self-doubt and frustration.
I've discovered YourBrainOnPorn last summer as an article was posted on a forum I frequent; although I thought it made sense, I dismissed it back then. Perhaps I needed a few months of mental preparation or something, but it's not until last month that I really decided to go for it. One thing is for certain, the potential for improvement was promising, and the idea that all of those problems might be due to porn overuse seemed like really great news, as it means I might be able to fix them.
I've tried several times in the past to stop masturbating for various reasons, both related and unrelated, but I always failed. In all of those attempts, though, I kept watching porn which led me to relapse within 2-3 days, without fail. This time, I decided to try the opposite - lose the porn, but keep masturbating (to the feeling only, and mostly only to avoid wet dreams, which I used to have within 4 days of stopping). And so far, it works. It's been 21 days since I took that decision, and after finding out that it was much less pleasurable without porn, I've since cut MO as well. I've also deleted all of the porn I had amassed over the years, and I don't miss it. It's been surprisingly easy so far, too easy?
As for effects so far, both positive and negative, I'm having a hard time figuring them (if any) out at this point. I might have some withdrawal symptoms; I've notably had a sore throat for a week now (though I know it's not the flu or anything) and some mild insomnia for the last two weeks, but neither of which I can conclusively link to the "experiment". On the positive side, I do feel like I have some more energy than I usually have, and tend to notice girls a little more often, but I may just be convincing myself of both signals because I'm eager to see some change.
A concern I have is that I still haven't experienced the dreaded flatline. Of course, since I actively suppress fantasies and don't view porn anymore, I'm nowhere near as stimulated to the libido is bound to drop, but I still have at least an erection every day, as if just to remind me it's still working. That's actually worrying me more than if I had it, as I'm starting doubting whether I'm a true addict and whether it'll help me at all to keep going. For example, yesterday while watching a TV show, a suggestive scene came on which immediately made me hard. I see it as both a positive and a negative sign as the feeling I had was so strong it almost felt like a relapse; which is good because it suggests improvement. But the bad is, it also suggests I'm not following the "normal" recovery process.
Thankfully, despite all these doubts, my end goal (to finally have normal sexual urges in real situations) is strong enough to keep me focused even though I'm not sure I'll see any meaningful results. I'm hopeful that you guys can help reassure me or tell me if it's still worth doing.
PS: If any admin reads this, I'd appreciate getting blogging rights activated :)