You might already know that hair loss can be genetic (thanks, grandma) or due to hormonal disruptions—but have you ever heard the one about masturbation causing hair loss?
There are a couple of internet theories and urban legends out there. Others say that, for dudes, masturbation increases the hormone DHT which is responsible for male-pattern baldness.
A lot of these ideas center around guys…so you may be wondering if your dude is on his way to a bald existence. Or, you might be worried your solo seshes could damage your beautiful head of hair, too.
Either way, Mona Gohara, M.D., dermatologist at Advanced DermCare and associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine has some serious thoughts on this one.
Does masturbation cause hair loss?
In a word, no — there is no scientific evidence that masturbating causes hair loss.
Another theory is that masturbation increases testosterone, which in turn increases the levels of a hormone linked to hair loss, called DHT (dihydrotestosterone).
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).
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.
Does it cause erectile dysfunction?
Research doesn’t support the idea that masturbation can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED). So what actually causes ED? There are a number of physical and psychological factors, none of which involve masturbation.
trouble with intimacy
stress or anxiety
drinking or smoking too much
having high or low blood pressure
having high cholesterol
being obese or having diabetes
living with heart disease
Masturbation and Hair Loss
Masturbation is not as safe as sex, when it comes to the health of your hair follicles, still it is not the cause of your hair loss either.
But let’s come to the scientific facts, not the hype, the urban myths and misinformation.
Studies show that when you ejaculate during masturbation a higher percentage of testosterone is converted into DHT, and a higher level of Testosterone is produced in your prostate and testicles.
This is true, and different scientific studies have confirmed it.
In one of these studies, published in the US national library of medicine, National institutes of health, the levels of DHT have been measured before and after masturbation.
And after masturbation, the levels of this hormone were actually increased.You will find the link for this study in the description section below the video.
It’s just something they do that has nothing to do with their partners.For many, it’s a routine way of relieving stress, or going to sleep.
So, while it is true that DHT levels in your body increase after masturbation, it is also true that your body will still produce this hormone, whether you masturbate or not.
Because of this, even though I am not endorsing masturbation, I can safely tell you that significantlyincreased levels of DHT, and enlarged prostate only happen in cases of excessive masturbation, and by excessive masturbation I mean 2 or more times a day, 7 days a week.
Excessive masturbation can also cause, poor concentration, deteriorating eyesight, mood swings, sleeping disorder, anxiety, stress and depression.
And yes, in that case, I can safely say that it can increase dramatically the DHT levels in your body, and you should keep it under control.
Even if you masturbate just once a day, 2 to 4 times a week, then you should be out of the danger zone.
Personally, I would try to reduce masturbation to the lowest level possible, but it is important to know that with that rate, you should be fine.
Another important point for you to remember is to replenish your nutrient levels, according to the frequency of your masturbation and intercourses.
In fact a few minerals such as zinc, selenium and copper are lost in significant amount during each ejaculation, and you should replenish them either through an appropriate diet, rich in these minerals, or through supplementation.
You can also check out our video called “Top 5 foods to prevent hair loss” to have more info regarding the foods containing these minerals and other vitamins, important for your hair health.
Does Playing with Hair Cause Baldness?
So can playing with your hair cause baldness? Seems a bit dramatic, but there could be some truth to it. To answer this question, we need to look at what causes hair to fall out.
Normal hair loss is due to weak or damaged follicles, with a larger number of hairs than normal in the shedding phase. Losing 100-150 hair strands per day is normal. You’ll start to notice a problem (more hairs in the sink, on your clothes) when you’re losing 200+ per day.
Also, tight ponytails or similar hairstyles can cause a strain on your follicles, leaving them weaker and more prone to damage. Combing your hair back too often may not cause hair loss directly, but it can have the same effect as wearing tight hairstyles too often.
Other Reasons for Hair Loss
When your locks fall out suddenly, instead of gradually thinning over time, it’s usually from something other than male pattern baldness. Other causes include:
- Diseases like anemia or a thyroid problem
- Radiation or chemotherapy treatments
- Medications, such as blood thinners, high doses of vitamin A, and steroids that some men take to help build muscle, called anabolic steroids
- Scalp infections
- Problems with your diet, like getting too little iron or too much vitamin A
- Keeping hairstyles like tight ponytails, cornrows, or braids for many years
For most of these issues, your hair will grow back once you take care of what’s causing it.