Ejaculation and Testosterone Levels: Does Masturbation Really Lower Testosterone?

One of the more frequently asked questions I get is around the topic of ejaculation and testosterone is;

Does masturbation increase or decrease testosterone levels?

That’s a valid question since the internet seems to be 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 gonads, 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.

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

Ejaculation and Testosterone productionIt’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 – objectively.

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:

a) It’s known that short-term abstinence of 3 weeks can slightly increases testosterone levels in healthy human subjects, and one interesting study shows a significant 145% spike in T at the 7th day of abstinence (probably an evolutionary trigger to reproduce). However, long-term abstinence of 3 months has been shown to significantly reduce testosterone levels (note that this is only researched in men with erectile dysfunction, so the low T can be caused by something completely different).

b) In multiple human and animal studies, it has been noted that ejaculation does not acutely change serum testosterone levels, busting the common myth that ejaculation would rapidly deplete the body from testosterone (study, study, study, study).

c) Even though ejaculations seemingly have no significant effects on serum testosterone levels, they can (at least according to rodent studies) alter the body’s ability to utilize testosterone. It has been seen that after multiple ejaculations a sharp decline in androgen receptors takes place inside the hypothalamus, and not only that, but a sharp increase in estrogen receptors follows as well. One rodent study also found out that 1 or 2 ejaculations in short span of time increased androgen receptor activity in the body, while 4 or more ejaculations caused a significant drop in the activity of AR, suggesting that ejaculating yourself to “sexual exhaustion” might lower your body’s ability to utilize androgens.

d) While masturbation induced ejaculations don’t seem to have that big of an effect on serum testosterone levels, sex with a real person does. For example: In a study of 44 men visiting a sex club, it was noted that the men who actually had sex in the club with a woman, noted a nice 72% average increase in their testosterone levels, while the men who only watched the act, got a boost of 11%. In another study, it was seen that on couples, testosterone levels increase on the nights that they have sexual intercourse, but not on the nights that they don’t. One study also saw that older men who have more sex, have higher T levels. What causes this if ejaculations don’t? It could be the interpersonal touch, the female pheromones, the feelings of dominance, power, and even success…

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.

Ejaculation and Testosterone Levels: Does Masturbation Really Lower Testosterone? was last modified: February 7th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala
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Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men, and an Independent Researcher that has been credited with organizing the findings that have helped thousands of men reach hormonal balance.
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  • nick

    I don’t think here is enough evidence, that long term abstience can lower T. From personal experience when I abstain ( 1-3 months) from ejaculation I get more confidence, my libido skyrockets, and voice gets deeper (but this could be an effect of quitting porn). This also happened to my friend who doesn’t watch porn. Have you ever tried it?
    Maybe it makes the receptors stronger, who knows.

    • John

      i think this is the case. it’s not necessarily that you make more testosterone, but regenerate the receptors

  • The real lebanese

    Ali, I would’ve expected you to include the sharp increase in prolactin about an hour after busting. What are your thoughts on this?

  • The McDougal Bugle

    What about Dopamine and Cortisol?

  • Mahmoud

    Hey ali I snapped my back a few days ago now I can barely deadlift or squat? Should I let the back muscle recover itself or do you know of a prescription drug that won’t lower t levels?

    • John

      you can get testosterone prescribed to you if you feel you have low t

    • jerrycollie

      Rub drugstore Cortizone10 on your back before you go to bed every night until it heals up. May take a few days or a month or 2, depending on how much damage you did. Add weights slowly when you go back to lifting. Don’t do the one-rep max with the squat or deadlift, unless you want back trouble.

  • bob

    Anyone who has abstained from masturbating for longer than a month can tell you that there is definitely something that happens to your testosterone. I was like an animal.

    • samlebon23

      Don’t ever do that again, we are designed to eliminate excess from our bodies.

      • bob

        Nah, I felt great the whole time. If you are not releasing excess from your body it will adapt and stop producing so much sperm.

        • John

          either that, or you’ll experience a wet dream.

      • Shawn Baskette

        You’re an idiot. Your body removes excess on it’s own through nocturnal emissions.

        • John

          “it’s” isn’t possessive. it means “it is”. “its” is the possessive. I love idiots who call others idiots 🙂

          • Shawn Baskette

            Really? because I hate people who try to police grammar on the internet.

          • John

            oh is that what you hate? because i was really wondering what your likes and dislikes were. thanks so much. what’s your favorite color?

          • Brock Holmes

            You are everything that is wrong with humanity.

          • John

            yes, because actually being informed is what’s wrong with humanity, right. how can you think education is wrong? it looks to me like you and others like you are what’s wrong with the world. You rather everyone be an uneducated neanderthal in order to feel like there’s nothing wrong with being as stupid and lazy as you are. You are a nobody and will always be a nobody. Just remember that, clown.

            Toodles, loser.

    • FindingAtlantis

      ” I was like an animal.”
      Can you elaborate on this point? I’m aiming for a month (currently on day 5 now), so I’m curious to know ..

      • Slim Jesus – Chiraq Caillou

        just like my sex drive was through the roof. Also, I had alot more confidence and was not as socially awkward as much

        • FindingAtlantis

          Yes, I’m mainly interested in the socially anxiety aspect. How long did it take to feel fully confident? Did the confidence keep increasing with abstinence? Or did it level off after 1-2 weeks?

  • Am I the only one wondering how they got a mouse to ejaculate 4 times rapidly to sexual exhaustion?

    • samlebon23

      Probably they designed a micro-Fleshlight for the mice.

    • nick

      Mouse porn 😛

    • amilitarymind .

      LOLOLOL!!!

  • Micheal

    haha i get it i think that the young generation gotten have a problem with this is one i swear to god :i :l

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  • man

    i had frequent masterbation since a year back.iam 16 year old teen.but now ihave less changes than a teenager with my age.shouldr bone expansion had not yet started in my body..i have a larinx which can see from outside but my sound is yet like a kid ..ihave only less growth of hair…
    what is the reason for this ??
    please reply

    urgent