I would like to share my story here because I thinks it helps me to get through this. But I have to say I´m from austria, so my english is not the best but i will try anyway. I used to masturbate a lot even without porn since my early teens (a few times every day). When I was about 16 or 17 I startet watching porn and I began to masturbate even more. Today I´m 25 years old and I am a student and the last 10 month I stayed at home a lot to write my bachelorthesis. At this time I masturbated usually 5 times a day, sometimes 8 times mostly while watching porn. A few month ago I tried to have sex with a girl but it did not work. She was naked and she was definitely sexual atractive but I could not get aroused, not at all, I think i even got bored by looking at her. This was the first time i tried to have sex since 3 years.
Finally i found this article on google:
There I found the site yourbrainonporn.com and I finally startet to reboot. First I just quit porn (70 days ago) and surprisingly I did never relapse but I still masturbated about 2-3 a day and it occurred to me that I am probably more addicted to masturbation than to porn since it was very easy for me to stop porn but I could not stop masturbating. I tried it a few times and relapsed but now I´m on day 21 of no M/O and day 70 of no P. A few days after I stopped masturbating my libido and my morning wood disappeared completely. Now after 3 weeks my libido is still gone but my morning wood is slowly returning. But I´m pretty sure my libido will come back either.
Another thing is that I have always been a very shy person. I dont know why because if I think about myself I think in a really positive way. I am convinced that I`m a smart and nice person but when I´m around people which I dont know so well I´m so anxious all the time and I can never be myself. I care too much about what people think about me. Now I was reading that social phobia is tightly linked to a lack of dopamine or a lack of dopamine receptors. Maybe the rebooting process will help me to be more confident because I think masturbating 8 times a day is not realy healthy for a balanced dopamine production. And indeed I already feel more confident around people just after 3 weeks.
One benefit of quitting masturbation I can definetly see already is the impact on my acne. I have had a mild acne since my teens. 3 days after I quit masturbation my acne stopped completely. Thats realy nice. I can imagine that masturbating 8 times a day caused a big mess in my hormons.
So long. I will keep you updated about my recovering process.
edit: I would like to thank you so much for this site and especially for yourbrainonporn.com this realy helped me.