Yes and no. You see, the answer to “Do you lose testosterone when you ejaculate?” is more complex than you think. Although ejaculation in itself won’t make you lose your masculinity, it might affect your body’s ability to make use of testosterone, under certain conditions that is (more on that later on).
Seems like we men are so obsessed with our primary male hormone these days that we see a potential testosterone-decreasing effect in everything. And the subject of masturbation, sex and ejaculation ain’t no different folks.
That’s why in today’s post we’re going to examine the “problem” of ejaculating and it’s correlation (or lack of) to testosterone levels in the male body, from a scientific standpoint.
Do You Lose Testosterone When You Ejaculate?
No, ejaculating won’t destroy your serum testosterone levels! If you’re so worried about your testosterone levels, then head over to my article about the symptoms of low testosterone – that way you’ll know what to look if you fear that your T levels might be low.
Now, going back to ejaculating and T – according to a relevant study (1), the endocrine response of men who experienced orgasm after a 3-week abstinence was conclusive – ejaculation doesn’t alter plasma testosterone levels.
Another clinical trial (2) concluded that no differences between testosterone values were found in test subjects, prior to and after they had an orgasm during sexual intercourse. Or in other words, ejaculation doesn’t seem to “drain” your T levels – it doesn’t even affect the luteinizing hormone, according to the same research!
And even though it’s crystal clear that busting a nut wouldn’t give you test levels similar to those of a 10-year old girl, there’s still a particular condition under which ejaculation MIGHT have a somewhat negative impact on your body’s ability to utilize testosterone.
Okay, But Does Jacking Off Too Much Lower Testosterone?
Yes, because too many ejaculations over a short period of time could potentially decrease your androgen activity. Or to put it simply, it may hinder your body’s ability to make use of test.
That’s what researchers claim (3), at least. Having 4 consecutive ejaculations (if you can even do that) leads to a huge decrease in androgen receptors, meaning that having too much orgasm in a short amount of time, can possibly make it harder for your body to make use of testosterone.
Too many ejaculations in a short time span might be a bad thing for your primary male hormone!
However, take this study with a grain of salt since the test subjects were actually MALE RATS, not human beings. And while rodents and we have a lot in common, both on a biological and genetic level, things might look a little differently if the research was conducted on guys – although, who can even go for 4 ejaculations in a row?
Anyway, other scientific works, again conducted on male rats (4), suggest that several ejaculations could even boost estrogen receptors. That’s obviously bad as we ideally we’d like to keep our estrogen activity at a low, so keep that in mind the next time you and your girlfriend engage in a sex marathon!
Does Not Ejaculating Help Build Muscle Then?
No, not by any stretch of the imagination. That’s an awful myth and I’m here to bust it (no pun intended) – restraining yourself from ejaculating is NOT going to yield you more amazing gains in the weight room, unfortunately.
What really builds muscle is lifting heavy weights e.g. working out. Oh, and btw – working out DOES increase the amounts of testosterone in the body, so exercising is a total win-win situation.
Anyway, don’t forget that the testosterone levels circulating through your body aren’t a constant, they fluctuate all the time. That’s perfectly normal and it won’t affect your muscle-gain capabilities unless your T is hindered significantly and over a long period of time.
Any impact that ejaculating might have on your testosterone, is only going to be temporary
Still, I’m personally against masturbation, since it just drains your energy, leaving you unmotivated to do anything (especially actual sex) and you’ll be much better off finding yourself a long-term partner, with whom you’re going to have a passionate and healthy sex.
Besides, sexual intercourse between partners (a man and a woman) has been scientifically shown (5) to increase the T levels in both men and women. There’s yet another reason why real sex with a female is superior to playing with your right (or left) hand.
And this brings me to another crucial topic…
The Legend Of The 7 Day Nofap Testosterone Boost
There’s a very popular theory on the internet, suggesting that refraining from fapping for 7 days leads to an increase in androgen activity, namely testosterone.
Of course, such claims may not seem so wild since there’s a particular study that backs these allegations. Chinese researchers have found (6) that exactly seven days of abstinence from ejaculation, leads to a drastic increase of 145.7% in serum T levels, which is pretty extraordinary.
And then what? On the 8th day, your testosterone goes down again… but there’s more to it. Let me illustrate:
- Serum testosterone levels stand for the testosterone in your bloodstream
- After accumulating it for seven days, on the eighth day, the body uses the available (serum) testosterone in the bloodstream
- Then, this results in your serum T levels dropping, since a huge amount of it is now bound to androgen receptors
- Since most of your serum T is now attached to androgen receptors, you’ll actually feel manlier, be more energetic etc.
What I mean is that this particular study gives only a fraction of the bigger picture. Yes, nofap works and yes it does boost your natural test production. In layman’s terms this means one thing – stop fapping guys!
Quite obviously, sex and ejaculation don’t decrease testosterone levels and no, ejaculating won’t give you a squeaky voice or man-boobs. Thus, enjoy sex with your girlfriend or wife and do yourself a favor – stop fapping for good!
Over to you now – have you ever experienced the amazing benefits of nofap and if so, how long have you been doing it? Drop your answer in the comment section below (I read them all)!
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