I've had some success lately overcoming PMO addiction and ED, so I wanted to post and offer some encouragement to others in this forum. I know that rebooting can be a frustrating and sometimes lonely experience, and I know it helps to get inspiration from others who have been through it.
About seven weeks ago, after a humiliating and awkward breakup because of ED , I decided to make some lifestyle changes and do whatever I could to help overcome it. That's when I stumbled upon this community and realized that I probably had a PMO addiction. I had been doing it usually 2-3 times a day for years, and I always felt as though I had to look at edgier stuff to get the same satisfaction. I frequently felt awkward around girls, and I suffered from a lot of depression knowing that I wasn't able to maintain an erection without medicinal aid. That's when I decided to try the whole rebooting process.
I was looking forward so much to the day I could post my success story in here, both for my own gratitude and to inspire others to get here as well. I met a really amazing girl, and we totally clicked. We've been seeing each other for about a month now, and last week, I confided in her about my need to use Viagra to have sex. She agreed that we should cut it out completely and try to overcome ED together, and we did. The next night, I successfully had sex without Viagra for the first time in nearly four years. I failed the next attempt a few days later, but then successfully had intercourse again without Viagra last night (and again this morning). The feeling of getting over this is totally incredible - I'm so happy I finally stopped playing victim and got in front of my problems. I want to thank everyone in this community who commented on my posts and offered their thoughts, advice, and encouragement. Nobody else in my life knows about my PMO addiction, so this community was a major pillar of support through the last few weeks. Thanks again.
I'm not sure which combination of lifestyle changes cured the ED, but here's what I did in case anyone is trying to overcome this as well. First, do the rebooting process. I think that has probably been the most significant factor in all of this. No question, it's tough and there are going to be nights when it's all you can do not to reach for your computer, but do anything you can to avoid it. I've MO'ed four or five times in the last seven weeks, so I know how hard it can be, but I believe you will recover faster if you don't. Also, commit to not looking at P. I haven't seen an image or video since I started the reboot, and I hardly ever have the urge now. Second, I was smoking weed multiple times a day, and a doctor I went to see about ED when I started the reboot told me that she thought for sure that weed was the cause. I quit cold turkey right there in the doctors office, and I haven't touched it since. I don't know if marijuana was causing the ED or not, but I don't regret quitting nor am I feeling like I want to go back to it. I loved smoking as much as the next guy, but being in a successful sexual relationship is more important, so I don't touch it anymore just in case. Third, I started taking a daily multi-vitamin and the maximum effective daily dose (240mg) of Ginkgo Bilbao supplements. I don't feel like the multivitamin did much, but I did notice that after a few weeks of taking GB my morning erections felt much more firm and strong. GB supposedly relaxes smaller blood vessels and capillaries, which would allow more blood into the penis during an erection. As an added benefit, I also noticed a significant increase in my cognitive function. Fourth, I started doing a little more exercise and eating healthier. I have to be honest, I really only started working out once a week or so, but I do try to walk places I normally wouldn't and I sometimes pick the salad over fries. Better than nothing, I suppose.
Another important thing I want to mention was actually mentioned by another person in this forum who overcame ED, and that is to stay positive. Things looked very bleak for me when I decided to make these changes, and I was hurting bad over a recent breakup. And the rebooting process was definitely frustrating at times, downright lonely and horrible at others. Use this forum and ask the community for support; it helps to have others help steer you back on course and keep that hope alive. If nothing else, lurk around and read the success stories. Whenever I felt hopeless, or suffered another setback/relapse, I would read about others going through the same thing and imagine how it would feel to be one of the ones who wrote my own success story. You totally can too.
Again, I just want to express my gratitude to everyone here who helped me, and to encourage others to keep on trying. Believe me, I know how hard it can be at times, but the feeling of overcoming this is totally worth it. Today, I'm with a great girl and my mind is in a much better place than it was two months ago. I know that there is still some room for improvement for me, but after re-reading my first post in this community seven weeks ago, I can see that I've made some great progress. I hope I can inspire others to do the same. Please feel free to private message me or comment on this post, I will be back occasionally to say hello and offer any thoughts I can. Good luck to anyone else who trying to overcome ED or a PMO addiction; it's tough but you definetly can do it, and it's totally worth the fight.
All progress comes through struggle.