Hi all, Long story short, I'm 22 years old, almost 23. I've never had a girlfriend or had sex before, and I've been addicted to porn since about age 13, with ED getting progressively worse, to the point where now, I'm not attracted to actual women (I recognise that they look attractive, but there's no physical reaction), and I can't get an erection without porn or at least vigorous fantasising (and even then, it's weak and short-lived). I realised I had a SERIOUS problem about two years ago. I've managed several streaks before (never longer than 23 days), and am currently on day 10 of a new one; I don't feel any better or any worse so far - I'm not in a flatline as I have some very mild urges, but I'm over the initial 3 days where the urge to PMO is very strong, so it's all very manageable so far. My question is, do you HAVE to have sex or be intimate with a girl to fully recover from PIED? This will be quite important for me, as if the answer is 'yes', that's going to prove problematic. For two reasons: 1) For religious reasons which are non-negotiable as they're very important to me, I wish to wait until I'm married to have sex, and it doesn't look like I'm going to be married in the immediate future...! 2) I suffer from severe Coeliac Disease and a whole host of related problems, like fatigue and chronic migraines. I've this week started an intense diet regime which will require strict compliance, and I'm going to have to keep this up for 6-12 months. I was planning to start dating this year (a big step for me, as I'm a very reserved, shy guy), but my illness took a turn for the worse over Christmas, and I really need to spend at least the next 6 months focusing solely on my health; I'm not in any fit state to be looking for a relationship right now, and I can't do anything about that, though I am very confident that the new way of eating, combined with not wasting any more energy on PMO, will help. But even after the 6 or 9 or 12 months it takes, and I'm ready to start dating, I still won't be ready to have sex. I'm totally okay with kissing and cuddling and stuff, but not sex of any kind. So, I guess my questions are: will my time abstaining from PMO for the next 6-12 months before I feel physically ready to start dating be beneficial to recovering from PIED and loss of libido? And then, after that, will the fact that I'm not willing to have sex outside of marriage impede my recovery? I would really appreciate any help.