A few months ago I did an article about the negative and positive effects of masturbation. Since then, I’ve gotten a few hundred questions about this topic, mainly from men… since I guess maybe they masturbate a lot more than women.
I was surprised about how much confusion there was about this topic and how many questions guys had.
One of the most often asked questions was how masturbation affects testosterone levels – does it go up, go down, any negative effects?
Since everyone always seems to be in a rush, the short answer to this question is, NO – masturbation and ejaculation haven’t been shown to have any long-term or negative effects on testosterone levels.
However, a longer and more accurate answer is that this isn’t a very simple answer. Masturbation, whether solo or with a partner, can have a variety of effects — although mostly short term — on your testosterone levels.
Masturbation – Increase or Decrease Testosterone Levels?
One study1 has shown that not masturbating for 3 weeks MAY cause a slight DECREASE in testosterone levels. However, this study was done on men who were older and had erectile dysfunction (ED) and thus, maybe not be an accurate representation of all men.
Yet, another study2 showed the exact opposite after the same 3 weeks, a slight INCREASE in testosterone levels.
There are lots of conflicting reports and studies.
However, the bottom line is that whatever effects masturbation or ejaculation has, positive or negative, it’s only short-term.
Your body will always go right back to normal – weather that normally has “low” or “high” testosterone levels.
My advice is to enjoy your life because there are lot of other things that will negatively affect your testosterone levels and WORRYING about masturbation is a lot worse for your health and testosterone levels – right?…
Masturbation & Building Muscle
Another question I received is “what about building muscle” and the answer is NO, masturbation doesn’t affect your ability to build muscle – again because it has no long-term causing effects on your testosterone levels, which is the primary hormone that increases muscle mass and fat loss.
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