Does Masturbation Cause Hair Loss?

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Are you worried that masturbation could be causing thin, receding hair? Science shows there is more truth to the idea than you may have initially thought.

In this (in depth) article I’m going to break down exactly why too much masturbation can affect hair loss in men and then I’ll explain to you exactly what you can do about it.

The good thing is, after you’ve read this page, not only will you know how to counteract the affects on your hair caused my too much masturbation, but you’ll actually learn a powerful technique that I and other men use, to give your hair growth a massive boost.

Aside from the obvious benefits of more energy, less need for sleep, ability to grow muscle more easily etc, you’ll notice stronger, thicker and more vibrant hair. Sound good?

Okay, get stuck in, and remember when you finish the article I’ve got an entire course dedicated to beating hair loss naturally that I would highly recommend to anybody interested in learning more.

IMPORTANT: I’ve created a quiz, which is at the bottom of this page, that lets you find out if you can reverse your hair loss easily. So if you’re worried that too much masturbation could be a cause of thinning hair then you can find out how easy it will be to re-grow it with the quiz.

Why are hormones so important for hair loss?

You probably know by now that testosterone is the hormone that is converted to a more potent form inside the body called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

It’s also widely accepted that DHT can go onto cause miniaturization of the hair follicle and eventually hair loss in men who are genetically predisposed. Hormones in general are essential for controlling vital bodily functions like stimulation and inhibition of growth, immune system, metabolism, reproduction, sexual arousal and so on.

What I’ve found is that poor sexual habits can result in hormonal imbalance, and we should correct them to minimize hair loss and maximize hair growth. We can even speed up the balancing process with a simple technique.

Controlling Ejaculation for Hair Growth

Ejaculation control is the method through which we can push our hormones back into balance and re-grow our hair.

Here’s how!

The production of semen in the male body consumes a huge amount of energy; it is literally one’s life force. Consequently if it is squandered by reckless ejaculation the body suffers with a loss of virility.

In some men excessive ejaculation doesn’t’ cause hair loss, the decreased virility can manifest itself in multiple ways but since you’re reading this I can assume for you, it does have an effect.

The good news is as soon as the changes to our habits are made the body’s hormonal system immediately goes to work repairing the previous damage. We can speed up the process with techniques shown in our hair loss course book.

For when who are taking Propecia, and are experiencing any side-effects or shedding then these techniques will help you.

Complete abstinence from sex would be entirely incompatible with most of our lives and is luckily not the answer. The best solution is frequent sex with infrequent ejaculation.

This stimulates the body to secrete large amounts of hormones which then travel round the body (with the right technique) providing the health benefits, (without being lost via ejaculation.)

There's a reason why the 'no-fap' movement has been growing so quickly in the last few years

There’s a reason why the ‘no-fap’ movement has been growing so quickly in the last few years

Completely refraining from ejaculation will usually result in wet dreams which are undesirable. The key to finding the correct emission frequency for you is to listen to your body.

If an ejaculation leaves you feeling refreshed, energized and interested in further sex then you’ve hit the right spot.

To most people the idea of a man feeling refreshed and energized after ejaculation is unheard of and clearly shows how out of touch most people are with their bodies.

If on the other hand your ejaculation makes you feel uninterested in your partner, tired, depressed and irritable then it’s better to increase the length of time between ejaculations or increase the frequency and duration of sex without ejaculation.

A Useful Rule Of Thumb When It Comes To Masturbation Frequency

As an approximate rule of thumb take your age and divide by 4. This is the number of times you should aim to have sexual stimulation for every time you ejaculate. So a man in his forties could have sex on ten occasions and on the tenth he would ejaculate.

This is of course, a target to be reached over a year or two and you can’t expect to achieve it instantly.

Another good rule of thumb is to ejaculate not more than twice monthly, but the ideal frequency varies with age. Moving beyond the idea of needing to ejaculate every time you have sex to make it an enjoyable practice is an important paradigm shift.

But once you’ve seen the results, it won’t be hard to get the motivation. It’s just the initial change of habit which takes some will power and a willingness to experiment with different ideas.

When having intercourse, no matter how strong your urge to ejaculate may be when first practicing ejaculation control, hold on until the woman reaches orgasm. The urge will then start to diminish with the number of orgasms she has.

The reason as described in Taoist literature is this; as the woman orgasms she secretes Yin energy which is absorbed by the male, thus balancing his Yang polarity (horniness).

‘Normally’ the Yang polarity is balanced by the ejaculation, which relieves his ‘horniness’ but creates a net loss of energy and essence.

This way, the horniness is relieved but his energy and essence is increased due to the absorption of the woman’s essence.

It’s a win-win situation and it’s extremely powerful and sexually fulfilling, not to mention amazing for preventing further hair loss and initiating the regrowth cycle through hormone cultivation.

Amongst other nutrients and minerals, semen is known to contain large amounts of zinc, which, if not wasted via ejaculation would go towards things like building strong, healthy hair. It also known that around 20% of semen is made from cerebrospinal fluid.

This means excessive ejaculation will lead to a critical deficiency of cerebrospinal fluid leading to premature ageing, impotence, and hair loss.

Keeping these vital elements circulating through the body instead of being wasted, when used in combination with the dietary and lifestyle recommendations, is the fastest way to super-charge new hair growth and stop further loss.

The Wisdom of Tao

Mantak Chiamale-sexual-energy says it succinctly in his book ‘Cultivating the Male Sexual Energy.’ “If you’re observant, without knowing anything about oriental medicine, you can actually “see” people who have depleted themselves sexually.

You see it in the face, the sallowness of the eyes and skin, and lackluster quality in the hair.”

It is also recommended to practice the art of ‘coming lightly,’ whereby 20-30% of the semen is preserved with every ejaculation, minimizing the loss of essence.

To do this, instead of thrusting excitedly all the way through the orgasm, learn to ‘squeeze off’ the ejaculation mid-way through by deliberately and rhythmically contracting the anus and penile shaft.

This is an excellent technique because it allows for the pleasurable sensation of ejaculation, but retains enough semen to provide the required therapeutic effects.

If you suffer from coming too soon, this technique will allow you the release but also give enough sexual energy so that the motivation for intercourse remains.

You can now continue to have sex for hours, be able to maintain an erection, but you won’t need to stop every few minutes for fear of coming. End the session without ejaculating to maximize the sexual drive for the next time.

If you’re used to watching porn then the idea of coming lightly will be somewhat of a strange idea.

6 Month Results

Although I didn’t scientifically verify these results, after 6 months following the rules presented here I noticed stronger and more glossy hairs. However, these results are pretty unreliable since there were many other things that I was doing at the same time to improve my hair.

The Microcosmic Orbit

This is a term taken from Taoist parlance referring to the technique by which men circulate the vital hormones and sexual energy through the body’s energetic pathways.

If the microcosmic orbit is not understood and practiced then the body’s natural vital essences unconsciously flow downward from the brain, and are lost via ejaculation.

The sexual energy tends to stagnate in the genitals, giving that ‘blue ball’ feeling which can lead to nocturnal emissions (wet dreams) and the overpowering need to ejaculate at every occasion.

A lack of circulating sexual energies leads to a host of ailments such as premature aging, hair loss and even a slowing of mental capacity.

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Practicing the orbit delivers the vital energy throughout the body, literally transmuting it into a ‘higher form.’ This higher form of energy is one of the keys to longevity which will stimulate the growth of new hair follicles as well as adding strength, thickness and colour to existing hairs.

Transmutation of Sexual Energy

Transmutation of sexual energy has been practised by Taoists for centuries as one of the key methods to preserve and cultivate good health.

The fact that hair loss is occurring at an earlier and earlier age and with greater severity is no surprise when we take a step back and look at the excessive masturbation that most teenagers and young men partake in, especially with the rise of free and easily accessible internet pornography.

So what is the Microcosmic Orbit? This is basically a technique by which deep diaphragmatic breathing is used to ‘push’ and ‘circulate’ sexual energy through natural channels in the body. When the mind is in a calm state, and focused on the location of sexual energy, deep exhalation is used to drive the energy round the body.

On deep inhalation the energy remains where it is whilst the lungs are refilled, and then is pushed further round the channels on exhalation.

After some practice one can clearly ‘feel’ the energy as it moves. The energy has been described as having a warm tingly and massaging affect as it moves.

A lot of words can be used to describe what is taking place, but in reality with a bit of practice the whole thing will occur spontaneously, intuitively and it will feel natural, so don’t get caught up in the words and terms used here.

There does need to be a reasonably high-level of sexual energy build- up before the orbit can take place. Usually this amounts to a couple of weeks without ejaculation. Although after a few hours of sexual stimulation without release is an excellent time to practice.

For most people the idea of sex as natural, healthy and healing has been so repressed, neglected and misunderstood that a build-up of sexual energy must either be immediately released, or completely repressed, but when we understand that it can be used to our advantage as a tool for health the benefits are huge, and hair regrowth is rapid.

The starting point of the orbit is the perineum which is located between the anus and the scrotum and is the usual place where stagnant sexual energy resides.

Here energy will travel up past the coccyx and along the spine, firstly opposite the naval, then the solar plexus, then between the shoulder blades, up-to where the thoracic and cervical vertebrae meet.

When you re-use the sexual energy that is wasted through masturbation your whole body becomes full of energy and vitality.

When you re-use the sexual energy that is wasted through masturbation your whole body becomes full of energy and vitality.

From here it moves onto the base of the skull, then the crown of the head, down between the eyes and lastly through the cavity behind the palate.

At this point the energy stops until it can flow back down the front of the body. For this to take place the tongue must be in contact with the roof of the mouth, allowing the energy to pass between the upper and lower jaw.

Our aim is to stimulate hair growth so it’s beneficial as the energy flows through the crown of the head to consciously feel it spreading out and nourishing the hair follicles.

As this occurs you will feel the back, top and forehead relaxing but being energized at the same time.

Once the gap across the upper and lower jaw has been bridged, energy continues to flow across the tongue down to the throat and into the heart, solar plexus and naval, where it links back up with the original point at the perineum, completing the orbit.

This is how we can use our most powerful drive in life for healing and vitality purposes instead of wasting it via ejaculation that isn’t meant for procreation.

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Advanced Microcosmic Orbit: Dual Cultivation

Dual cultivation takes the microcosmic orbit to the next level and is an excellent method to maximize the stimulation of new hair growth using your own hormones and your partners’ ‘yin’ hormones

This is a method that builds upon the microcosmic orbit so a good degree of practice is recommended beforehand. During love making partners can intersect their microcosmic orbits by touching tongues, whilst the man refrains from ejaculation and both partners use their breath to circulate their rising energies.

The connection at the ‘lower terminal’ between the genitals and the ‘upper terminal’ between the tongues creates an enhanced orbit.

The balancing effect of the ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ energies are particularly potent for renewing hair growth. Both partners must know how to ‘open’ their orbits solo before dual cultivation can take place.

Of course it’s recommended only to practice with a long term partner since a degree of trust and patience is needed, and condoms inhibit the flow of energy. The health benefits for women in this case are also very exciting and youth providing.

This is a ‘don’t knock until you try it’ technique. Please don’t dismiss this as an abstract Eastern spirituality practice. It’s extremely powerful, easy and fun once you get the hang of it. And most importantly the results are concrete and very real. Just put aside any pre judgments and give it a go.

This Is Just The Beginning

Learning about the connection between masturbation and hair loss is just the beginning. There are lots of other factors involved. To give yourself the best possible chance for healthy hair you need to attach the problem from multiple different angles.

You need a step-by-step solution that makes re-growth as likely as possible. Stopping masturbation and practicing the microcosmic orbit is just one of those things, but it isn’t enough. That is why I created Hair Equilibrium.

Hair Equilibrium has been successfully used by thousands of men to re-grow their hair, and it works in two ways.

Firstly, by reducing the unnatural forces that cause hair loss – (like too much masturbation, from easy access to po*n). And secondly by massively boosting the natural forces that cause hair growth.

By doing these two things you will reach a point known as ‘equilibrium’ when the natural forces are greater than the unnatural. At this point, hair growth becomes automatic.

Quitting masturbation will help you, but it is only one part of the unnatural forces. Luckily it is as simple as balancing the forces before most men experience stabilised hair growth.

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sandeep says August 11, 2017

This helps alot..I can’t tell u in word’s thank u very..much

Pratik says August 8, 2017

Great work

Rajarshi says July 26, 2017

Sir, I’m a 19 yers old guy who is simply porn addict as well as masturbateion addict, that also caused my huge sudden hairloss from past tow years. I did realised that this the only reason for my hair loss but didn’t had a concrete proof. By studying your theroy I gained a huge knowledge, but I’m sill a addict and tried each and every way to stop the habbit, but unsuccessful. So as u know that this is a phase of hormonal maturity according to my age . As l’m still a student so I can’t afford NoFAP course due to lac of income/money.

So can u provide a guide to how to tackle the habbit naturally?

    Will Hartfield says July 26, 2017

    What I would recommend trying is to set a monetary forfeit for yourself.
    For example, agree with yourself that when you do watch porn and masturbate then you will give away some of your money each time. Take how much you would earn in 1 hour at a typical job and use this much as your forfeit. Each time you watch porn you will have to give away this money. This creates a concrete and tangible reason to stop doing it.

Roveshin says July 10, 2017

Very interesting read up

Nagesh Kapil says June 18, 2017

Will, your findings are absolutely correct, I have also realized that, you are not a mad scientist, I say whatever you said about all this is correct word by word.

    Will Hartfield says June 18, 2017

    Thank you Nagesh. Well this theory is still a ‘work in progress’. It’s hard to be certain about a subject like this but I’ve tried to come up with the most accurate and insightful ideas. Thanks for your comment.

Adam says March 24, 2017

Hi I’m a little confused – so can you still mastubate – maybe with porn but not ejaculate. This is fascinating and all so true – however I can’t quite get my head around that bit- is it ok to regularly mastubate but not ejacualte- this will help with mainting the chi energy etc. – does this still mean that the one in ten works – or should you push this if mastubating and also in a loving relationship. Thanks

    Will Hartfield says May 3, 2017

    Masturbation with no ejaculation is not a good idea, since it will eventually lead to a wet dream. Porn is also not a good idea for various reasons. If you have a trusted sex partner then regular sex with infrequent ejaculation is ideal, but you must practice the microcosmic orbit as well.

Chris says March 24, 2017

I don’t agree that sex makes your hair shed. Sorry that’s just out there.

Prolactin DOES make your hair shed but if you test the blood prolactin levels after orgasm they spike for a short while. Elevated prolactin from bad lifestyle maybe or from a tumor on the pituitary sure.

DHT actually controls estrogen. The higher DHT you have the lower estrogen you have. Dopamine controls prolactin. The higher testosterone you have the higher dopamine you have the lower prolactin a male has.

People have been having sex since the dawn of time. MPB is a fairly new modern day thing.

The spikes in hormones after orgasm are temporary. Besides what kind of life or how vain can someone be to want to forgo the very thing that has created all of us, and that is a part of intimacy in any relationship to have more hair on their head? That’s a bit twisted in my opinion.

I think you can certainly eat better, take care of your body better, do manuals, and the scalp exercise and still regrow a lot of hair (I have specifically) without abstaining from sex like a monk. I have been at this battle since 2012 with various points of getting most of my hair back to succumb to a stressful event and have a bout of TE. But honestly, That’s not a life to remove all enjoyable things just to have your hair back.

Sure you can cut down on your masturbation as it is harmful to all hormones like anything done in excess. But if I’d have to chose between sex with my wife or going bald. I’d have sex with my wife.

There are no studies that show masturbation causes hair loss or even modulates hormones enough over the long haul to cause any imbalance. Excessive meaning 3 times a day every day is an addiction. Normal once or 2 times a week as a middle aged male or 3 times or more for a young man is not going to make you go bald. I know someone who is addicted to sex and has more hair on his head than most women.

Instead i’d spend more time writing about foods that cause inflammation and controlling cortisol than sex.. I like your blog but some stuff is very fringe.

Bilal says March 2, 2017

I stated masturbating when I was 10. And did at 1 per day. One day I changed my plan and at 18 birthday I completely quit masturbation. At that time i have full head of hair. More than normal hairs. After one month quiting the masturbation I have noticed my hair are falling but slowly. Hairfall continued and i did not do any thing. Today after 8 months after quiting I have just a number of hairs left. I am now half bald from top. One thing I want to mention that I have one wet dream once a month or sometimes two. I need solution

TUSHAR says January 2, 2017

Yea i realize that these things r true 🙌👍

Chris says November 16, 2016

Great article! I have been dealing with a Rogaine shed for about 6 months now that won’t grow back. I have been abstaining from sex and masturbation for over a month, as well as applying onion juice and garlic to my hair, massaging my scalp, and taking cold showers in the hopes that I can restore my hair density. The plan is to completely eliminate masturbation from my life for good, but I just met a girl who I may become sexually active with at some point in the near future. My question is, can I still hope to see some gains in my hair if I start having sex and ejaculating on the weekends, or possibly every other weekend? Or would this be too frequent?

    Will Hartfield says November 16, 2016

    If you have having frequent sex, with infrequent ejaculation than this can actually increase the powerful hair growing hormones, nutrients and minerals, and will be great for your overall health. But you will have to practice the microcosmic orbit to benefit it, and make sure you don’t explode. If it works for your situation you could aim to be having sex approximately 4 times for every ejaculation (obviously what works best is different for everyone) but that could be a good rule of thumb. So if you have sex on 4 different occasions on the weekend, aim to actually ejaculate only once. Got only will your gf love it, but your hair and overall health will benefit greatly.

Delvin says September 16, 2016

Hey Will. I just wanted to ask you I have been excessively masturbating over the years, and if I stop, will it help me regrow hair?

    Will Hartfield says September 16, 2016

    It’s not as simple as that – there are multiple factors that can cause you to lose hair. Too much masturbation is just one of those factors amongst many. It is probably a good place to start though, and you can go from there.

      Xenon says December 20, 2016

      Well, guys, I actually first tried out this experiment in 2004. The reason why I did this, was because I’d made the connection between propecia and many users reporting loss of sex drive. I thus fathomed that DHT plays a role in erections and libido, so I wondered if my habit of excess fapping was causing my hairline to recede.

      What I noticed, each time I fapped (or got a prolonged erection), it would trigger an inflammatory response in my temples–the exact areas where I balded out. I’m a long time member of a hair loss forum, and we all agree that inflammation (whatever it’s cause) leads to hair loss because pro-inflammatory cytokines are programmed to home in on cells with the CRTH2 receptor, and this is why the follicle miniaturizes.

      Anyway, back to what I was initially saying. so I tried the experiment out in 2004–totally abstained from sex or even getting an erection, and after 4 months I start seeing little blonde vellus hairs sprouting from the balded out areas of the temples. These vellus hairs soon turned terminal, then many more started sprouting.

      Yet, the fool I was, I ended up reverting to my fap habit again, and these hairs (and more) were consequently lost. Now, I’m on day 7 of no fap, and not even an erection because this just causes sexual frustration and temptation to fall back into the habit. AND prolonged erections also lead to the temples inflaming. From my experience, day 5 will lead to increased but short lived inflammatory issues due to the body being so used to producing enzyme 5 ar for erectile purposes, but thereafter the inflammation will vanish because enzyme 5 levels have decreased.

      There’s more to it than fap, but this is definitely a factor in inducing persistent inflammatory issues.

        Will Hartfield says December 21, 2016

        Thanks Xenon for this very insightful comment.

Sum says September 5, 2016

Thank you, this is an incredibly useful article. Since I’ve stopped masturbating I’ve not only felt stronger and more active, but my scalp feels better (more lively) hair does feel stronger, of course its hard to tell if this is what has made a difference. I will buy your Hair Equilibrium program because I want to find out even more and stop my hair loss forever.

    Will Hartfield says September 5, 2016

    Thank you Sum, yes I would recommend you try the program for best results and if you don’t want to leave anything to chance.

    Lukas says September 29, 2016

    I would like to regrow my hair too. I will do what is written in the article

Andrew. C says April 11, 2016

I’ve been losing my hair for around 2 years now and have found that it coincided with an increase in masturbation. This is a very interesting read and I will be trying some of the things you suggest such as the microcosmic orbit. It makes sense that all the vital hormones and minerals contained in the sperm can be used for hair growth, (to some extent) yes, it’s not magic cure, but every little helps. Thanks

    Will Hartfield MEng says April 11, 2016

    Thank you Andrew.

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