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Nofap is a growing online movement devoted to giving up masturbation and even sex for extended periods — typically around 90 days. Starting as a spin-off from a thread on Reddit , the organisation NoFap. The claimed benefits , however, have now extended the reach of nofap beyond the realms of porn addiction recovery and into mainstream health and lifestyle initiatives. Advocates of nofap are heralding an array of sexual, physical and mental improvements — including increased testosterone levels. But is there any evidence to back this up?
It has also been taken up by certain far-right and misogynist groups, such as Proud Boys. Testosterone in men does indeed have profound effects on mood, being demonstrated to improve depression , happiness and motivation. And many aspects of male sexual function are reliant on testosterone. Well, the main reason is the evidence. Two studies keep popping up when evidence is quoted to support benefits of sexual abstinence as a means to increase testosterone. In the first one, ten men had their testosterone levels measured twice baseline before masturbation and orgasm several tests are more reliable than just one , and then in ten minute intervals after.
After that period, the process was repeated. Testosterone was reported as being higher in the baseline measurements after abstinence. Despite the conclusions of the research, the sample size of this study was tiny. And the increase in testosterone may have actually been due to the anticipation of sexual arousal in the second experiment after abstinence. So without more data it is impossible to really say that abstinence increases testosterone at all. But this was a temporary peak which then returned to the same levels as before, even with continued abstinence, and stayed that way.
A few studies, on the other hand, have shown either no effect of abstinence on testosterone or that testosterone levels were actually higher after masturbation or sex. Measuring testosterone before and directly after masturbation in 34 healthy young men found that testosterone levels increased after self stimulation. But any longer term effects were not checked. At best, the evidence linking masturbation with changes in testosterone levels is limited and with mixed conclusions.
Countering the argument for nofap is the well-documented benefits of sexual activity, including masturbation, on health. The release of endorphins during orgasm le to positive feelings. Masturbation can help relieve built-up stress and assist relaxation, improve sleep, boost mood, release sexual tension and cramps and even allow a better understanding of sexual wants and needs. And in men there may even be some possible protection against prostate cancer from regular ejaculation, although this relationship is not fully clear yet. The problem may lie in excessive masturbation and attitudes towards self pleasure.
Personal perceptions of masturbation can cause psychological effects that impact testosterone levels. A build-up of anxiety and depression can occur if someone has feelings of guilt following masturbation. This guilt could be based around feeling immoral, such as being unfaithful to a partner or having religious conflicts. A study investigating the motivation for abstinence found that the reason was mostly due to attitudes, specifically the perception of masturbation as unhealthy or wrong.
This stress from prolonged guilt, anxiety and depression can cause decreases in testosterone levels and in these situations, abstinence may relieve such feelings and could then theoretically lead to a testosterone increase. That said, abstaining from masturbation could help people with destructive porn addictions.
Taking a break from pornography, masturbation, or even sex altogether for an extended period of time could help break the cycle, or reboot from porn addiction. Beyond this, though, health benefits of nofap are anecdotal and evidence to show abstinence even alters testosterone at all is simply not there. But bear in mind that there is no reason to believe that nofap will meaningfully boost your testosterone levels and you may be missing out on the many benefits of healthy masturbation. Be Curious — Leeds, Leeds.
Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Testosterone levels can be affected by range of causes. Daniel Kelly , Sheffield Hallam University. NoFap table. Daniel Kelly , Author provided Testosterone in men does indeed have profound effects on mood, being demonstrated to improve depression , happiness and motivation.Masterbation forum
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