An increasing number of guys are abstaining from masturbation to increase masculine traits like muscle mass, strength, confidence, energy, dominance, and aggressiveness. I think abstinence does boost such qualities, while sexual activity decreases them. Although scientific studies haven’t found a lasting correlation between sex and testosterone, some studies have found a link between sexual activity and sex hormone receptors.
A study done in China found that testosterone spiked in male subjects after seven days of abstinence but returned to normal the next day. This sudden, one-day rise and fall is surprising; I would have expected testosterone to gradually increase over several months, and then reach a “fully-charged” plateau. It could be that the body immediately uses the extra testosterone to develop male traits.
In rats, sexual activity was not found to affect testosterone levels. However, the brains of sexually-sated rats showed fewer androgen receptors and more estrogen receptors, so although the rats had the same level of testosterone in their body, they were less able to use it, while they were more able to use estrogen. Presumably, this would cause the rats to become less masculine and more feminine.
Some internet forum users do report higher testosterone after a period of abstinence, exercise, and a better diet.
People say that NF [NoFap] will increase your testosterone and for me that was more true than I could have imagined. My total testosterone went from ~550 to 911 according to my last lab tests. This is on a scale of 300 – 900. So I currently have the test levels of a 21 YO, and I’m 41 YO. That was not always the case. I used to be more in line with a 70 YO.
Because of this I had pretty darn low testosterone, the actual level was 145 but I refused TRT. The normal scale is 300 – 1200 here. Before I found out about this tumor I’ve lived with it. In 2013 I started nofap and even with this low level of T it turned my life around but of course a single fap would put me right back in my cave feeling like shit.
As of 2014 I decided to supplement several minerals including, but not limited to: Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium and calcium. Within these 3 months of supplementation I feel like I’ve unlocked my full potential and have been failing allot with nofap ever since. Before I could do streaks of 120 days and now the max I’ve lasted is 12 days. I’ve retested my T lvl and it turned out to be a stunning 1359.
I’d like to see more studies on this topic as it is central to a man’s quality of life. It seems like common sense that saving your male essence will intensify masculine traits while depleting that essence will weaken masculinity. It would be great to have more scientific evidence of this.
The site yourbrainonporn.com explains the science behind porn and masturbation in much greater depth. This page deals with sexual activity and testosterone.
A great article on androgen receptors: link