Reintroducing M?

Discussion in 'Erectile Dysfunction / Delayed Ejaculation' started by waffleiron, May 28, 2018.

  1. waffleiron

    waffleiron New Member

    Is masturbation after a period of hard mode reboot in and of itself negative? All the negative aspects I've seen raised in this community is that it brings back porn cravings, which is a non-issue for me personally.

    If the sensation of touch alone is enough, is this a good sign of recovery or is it too hard to separate from fantasy for most rebooters?
    I know Gabe mentioned successful sex for him came sooner than being able to masturbate with touch alone.

    Is there any significant consensus whether masturbation re activates porn pathways?

    Little about my case
    -I discovered I had PIED approx 8 months ago, although I wasn't familiar with what PIED was at the time
    -After some research and reading I decided to do hardmode reboot, no P M or O did for ~6 months
    -Currently I don't really feel as strong of an urge to M/O, although it feels much better than it used to and it prevents WD, which had become somewhat of an annoyance during reboot
  2. BuddhaPunkRobotMonk

    BuddhaPunkRobotMonk Administrator Staff Member

    It all depends of whether you fantasize or not. Since fantasy is similar to porn, and artificial stimulant, I think fantasizing would reactivate porn pathways, while masturbating without fantasizing (or using any visual stimuli) would not.

    Try it out, see what works for you.
  3. waffleiron

    waffleiron New Member

    I mean I could do it while doing long division or thinking about nothing at all, which is very different from 6 months ago.. but I don't exactly trust what just "feels OK" anymore
  4. BuddhaPunkRobotMonk

    BuddhaPunkRobotMonk Administrator Staff Member

    I suppose you have to discover your own "OK". But if you aren't using artificial sexual stimulation of any kind, I think you should be fine.
  5. waffleiron

    waffleiron New Member

    Ok, thanks.

    Feels kinda shitty for a few days after, think Im gonna go back to total avoidance for now.

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