NoFap: Is it beneficial or harmful?

Pleasuring yourself or Masturbation is common with more than 50% of women and over 70% of men are masturbating on a monthly basis.

NoFap: Is it beneficial or harmful?
NoFap: Is it beneficial or harmful?

But what would happen if you stop masturbating completely or NoFap?

After a week the male testosterone level goes up by 40% or at least that’s what a 2003 study found which caught world wide media attention and which lead to NoFap community being formed. Fapping is the slang for masturbation.

Supporters of NoFap movement claimed improve in sexual performance, higher sperm quality, feeling of higher motivation, self-esteem, and happiness.

But how valid are these claims?

Well, most of those media didn’t see that though in the beginning days the testosterone level goes up to 40% in men but it came down to the normal level after 8 days without any explanation.

Other researchers found no difference in the testosterone level between those who masturbate and those who abstain from it. But eating healthy food and enough exercise seems to be the cause of the increase in testosterone in Men.

NoFap in terms of sexual performance:

Abstaining from masturbation doesn’t seem to improve premature ejaculation either. In a study, the researchers found that after abstaining from masturbating till three weeks the person has the same time of ejaculation as those who masturbated.

NoFap and sperm quality:

IN terms of sperm quality it is found that those who ejaculated more frequently has sperms which are stronger swimmers which increases the chance of fertilization.

Infact, there is a theory behind that not masturbating for extended period can lead to more nocturnal emission or wet dreams. It is a mechanism to cycle out the old sperms. 83% of men and 37% of women has experienced wet dreams at least once in their life.

NoFap and Masturbation Addiction:

Masturbation Addiction is a real thing. And cribbing the habit can potentially impact your motivation, self-esteem, and happiness. Because masturbation releases the Dopamine and Serotonin which are neurotransmitters and which stimulate the reward pathway in the brain.

The only issue is that constant masturbation leads to a constant release of Dopamine and Serotonin. This can lead your brain to become less sensitive to these specific neurotransmitters. Your brain will then require a higher level of Dopamine and Serotonin to attain a normal level of happiness and motivation.

NoFap: What to do?

Yes, you can stop masturbating to allow your brain to become sensitive to Dopamine and Serotonin again. and there is some amount of increased testosterone for 8 days.

But the science behind masturbation tells that it can be very helpful for the following reasons:

Some researchers have found that Masturbation can prevent Prostate Cancer in Men.

The researchers in a 2016 study found that Masturbating 21 times a month can reduce the risk of Prostate Cancer to 20% in men. Some researchers also found in 2003 that there is a link between frequent orgasm with the lowering the risk of Prostate Cancer.

There is no concrete evidence that Masturbation can lower the risk of Prostate Cancer. But some experts believe that it can flush the harmful chemicals that might build up in semen.

Boosts immune system

When you Masturbate or reach an orgasm then cortisol is released in your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone which helps your immune system to boost up. It works with the brain to control motivation, mood and fear.

Releases stress and tension

When you masturbate then your body releases a chemical called endorphins. Endorphins interact with receptors in your brain that reduce perception of pain.

Endorphins also work like morphine to trigger a positive feeling in the body which leads to better mood and sound sleep.

Prevents erectile dysfunction

As a men get older his pelvic muscles weaken and lose muscle tone of the penis. Through frequent Masturbation, the pelvic muscles can remain strong and energetic as it is a way of exercise.

Therefore, it can prevent erectile dysfunction in the long run.

Some other benefits of Masturbation to Men are

  • Releases dopamine and oxytocin which lifts spirits
  • Release sexual tension
  • Relieves cramps
  • Activates reward circuit
  • Intimacy with your partner
  • Stay away from (Sexually Transmitted Infections)STIs
  • Feel pleasure
  • It relaxes you.


So, if you want to stop masturbating for personal reason then just go for it. Some people said that it helped to improve their life.

But for most of the people, in moderation, Masturbation is a natural, healthy activity with genuine scientific benefits.

Therefore NoFap or Fap, it is your own decision.

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