I get a kick out of reading Medical News Today, especially when the articles are informative, yet on the lighter side of the Medicinal Approach. Today I read about the effects masturbating can have on your testosterone, and it was such an interesting read I thought I’d come share the highlights with you. Sorry to get off the diet side for a minute, but as you know I’m a healthy living nut and as a male, testosterone production has a big impact on how we are healthy.
What’s Masturbation Have to Do With Testosterone?
The common thought process is that many guys think that the testosterone levels are affected by masturbation, but that’s not always 100% true. At least long term, there aren’t any lingering effects on your t levels when you masturbate. However, on the short term side, there are some effects that can take place. Doing this can also have an impact on your sex drive, but it won’t pose any threat to you in any other way, so if you feel like masturbating, by all means, don’t let health reasons hold you back!
Like most health topics, there is conflicting information circulating the web. The reason that resonated with me most as to why it’s hard to keep consistency in these studies is that it’s hard for laboratory scientists to recreate an environment in which the test subjects (guys) would usually masturbate in. That made me chuckle, knowing that I have friends who don’t care where they are when they do this, and I have friends who will bust out a 1990’s Jenny McCarthy Playboy. Hey, whatever works, right?
One study went into such depth that it used a sex club to look at levels of testosterone and to see how they changed in real life settings.
They compared levels in men who had sexual relations, and compared them to those who observed. While the levels went up in all the men who were in the club, the increase in testosterone was higher in the men who actually physically got involved with someone.
Another study, done way back in 1992, (speaking of Playboy) looked at the effects of sexual activity in males and females as it pertained to testosterone. T levels were measured before and after sex and also on the days where intercourse did not take place.
The result? After sex, the levels were the highest. Before sex, and on days without it, you can probably guess, the levels were lower. So we can deduce that activity influences our levels of testosterone.
Abstinence and Testosterone
On another note, if you abstain from masturbation or sexual activity, you can actually raise your levels of testosterone! I’m not going to be a test subject for this one!
Luckily, the study done in 2003 looked at the levels of men after many different lengths of abstinence from ejaculation, and there was hardly any movement in the levels from the second and fifth day of abstaining. But, after seven days, the levels started to peak.
It’s also important to know that there is zero factual evidence backing up the myth that abstaining from sexual activity prior to participating in sporting events will help benefit you.
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