Ejaculation and Testosterone Levels: Does Masturbation Really Lower T?
One of the more frequently asked questions I get is around the topic of ejaculation and testosterone. Does masturbation increase testosterone levels? Does masturbation lower testosterone? Honestly, that’s a valid question since the internet is loaded on opinions about the topic.
Obviously, it makes a lot of sense that ejaculation, masturbation, and having sex could all lower T levels, since 95% of the good stuff is made in the ballsack, and during an ejaculation you’re basically dumping the contents away, but even if something “makes sense”, doesn’t always mean it’s correct.
The topic of refraining from ejaculations itself has been talked about for years, and many athletes are known for their habit of abstaining from sex before big events, such as: Mike Tyson, who abstained because he felt like having sex before fights made him a “weaker boxer”. Or another boxing legend – Muhammad Ali – who wouldn’t have sex for 6 weeks before his big fights.
Athletes aren’t the only ones who avoid ejaculations for a “greater cause”. Many highly successful men of the past have also abstained in order to use the sexual energy as a fuel for other things, these guys include: Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, and many more (source).
But does any of the above have to do with testosterone? Or is it just a mental thing? And do ejaculations or masturbation even lower testosterone levels in the first place?
Ejaculation and Testosterone
It’s almost like a big taboo to even talk about this very topic, and it’s funny to see how some men get all angry when they don’t like what they see.
With that in mind, I’m going to just go through some of the actual scientific research about masturbation, sex, ejaculations, and testosterone – in animal and human subjects – leaving all opinions aside…
…If something below doesn’t justify your porn addictions, or if it just makes you get all hot and bothered, please leave the site and never come back 🙂 I’m not here to instruct you how often to have sex or masturbate, this post is just here to show you the real evidence behind masturbation and testosterone levels.
So, here’s some of the research:
Conclusion on Ejaculation and Testosterone
Ejaculations and their effects on testosterone is quite an understudied topic on humans, but from the current evidence, we can draw the following assumptions on testosterone and ejaculation:
- Short-term abstinence from ejaculations can slightly increase testosterone levels.
- Long-term abstinence can reduce serum T.
- Having an ejaculation does not acutely affect testosterone levels.
- Ejaculating to the point of “sexual exhaustion” can make it harder for your body to utilize testosterone.
- Masturbation doesn’t seem to affect testosterone levels in any significant manner.
- Sex with a real person can boost testosterone levels significantly.
All-in-all, these are all assumptions from the human & animal science above. More human research around masturbation and testosterone levels would not hurt, and if you can find some, please link them in the comment section below.NOTE: Are you struggling with low testosterone? Then be sure to check out our guide on how to boost testosterone naturally, safely, and quickly. .
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