Masturbation and Testosterone: What’s the Connection?
The short answer to this question? Masturbation, whether solo or with a partner, can have a variety of effects — although mostly short term — on T levels. T levels naturally rise during masturbation and sex, and fall to normal levels after orgasm. One older study found some evidence that abstaining from masturbation and sexual activity for three months or more may reduce T levels until sexual activity is resumed. But this study was conducted on people with erectile dysfunction ED.
This current study examined the effect of a 3-week period of sexual abstinence on the neuroendocrine response to masturbation-induced orgasm. Hormonal and cardiovascular parameters were examined in ten healthy adult men during sexual arousal and masturbation-induced orgasm. Blood was drawn continuously and cardiovascular parameters were constantly monitored. This procedure was conducted for each participant twice, both before and after a 3-week period of sexual abstinence. Plasma was subsequently analysed for concentrations of adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol, prolactin, luteinizing hormone and testosterone concentrations.
Answer: The preponderance of evidence says this is highly unlikely. Second, men with porn-induced ED consistently report normal testosterone levels, yet they have clearly engaged in a lot of ejaculation. In addition, studies report similar testosterone levels in healthy men and men with chronic ED 1, 2, 3, 4. From these, the many studies discussed below, and the anecdotal evidence, we can conclude that:. See this video for details.