The super-smart guys at AsapSCIENCE just posted their newest YouTube video exploring the question, “What if you stopped masturbating?”
The guys start with the statistic that over 50% of women and more than 70% of men masturbate on a monthly basis.
Waaaait – does that mean once a month???
According to the Asap guys, a 2003 study showed if you were to stop masturbating, within a week testosterone levels can rise up to 40%. So, that’s a good thing, right?
However, the same study showed those levels drop back down to normal on day 8. So, it’s not like you keep building up testosterone.
In any case, that study spurred the creation of the ‘no fap’ movement that encourages men to stop masturbating in order to achieve better sexual performance, higher sperm quality and feelings of better motivation, self-esteem and happiness.
But is any of that true?
Some experts say improving your diet and exercise could be big factors in increased testosterone levels whether you abstain or not.
In terms of performance, researchers for one study found those who didn’t masturbate for three weeks did not improve or change any tendency for pre-mature ejaculation when compared to those who didn’t abstain.
And it appears the more often you ejaculate, the stronger your little swimmers are.
In fact, wet dreams are your body’s way of cycling out old sperm even if you are a member of Team No-Fap.
One way that pleasuring yourself less often can help you is in regard to dopamine and serotonin release.
When you masturbate, your body releases those two chemicals which stimulates the reward pathway in the brain.
But the more often you fap, the more de-sensitized your brain can become to those chemicals, so less pleasure. Taking a break from masturbation allows your brain to stay sensitive to those neurotransmitters.
That said, no one is advocating for stopping completely. In addition to feeling good, the occasional fap improves sleep, your immune system, reduces stress and pain, and even prostate cancer risks.
Watch the quick video below and be smarter in only three minutes. For more about the subject of masturbation, you can also check out the boys’ earlier video on masturbation in general here.