Masturbation has been known to be related to a reduction in testosterone hormone. “Does Masturbation Cause Muscle Loss” is the question that concerns gym-goers every now and then. Chances are, you have read lots of articles and maybe watched videos of which some said masturbation kills gains and some said it didn’t. What you are going to read here will be entirely based on scientific research with no biased views.
You might have asked yourself many questions like if you should masturbate before a workout or after a workout if you indulge in masturbation at all and so on.
All these doubts will be addressed in this article giving you a much better clarity on the topic.
Masturbation: Why Does It Exist?
Have you ever asked yourself why do we even have the phenomenon of masturbation? By now you must know it’s completely natural but that’s the point of having this process? The answer is simple, it helps you deal with sexual tension. Let’s go through the benefits of masturbation once:
- Sexual tension is released
- Mood is boosted
- Feel-good hormones are released
- You feel pleasurable
- Your body is relaxed
- Removes stress
- Better sleep
Testosterone Is On Your Side Or Not?
For all the champs out there trying to gain some muscles, testosterone is a priority for them. They won’t want anything to mess with their testosterone levels that cause muscle loss. Masturbation is also linked with testosterone and people often suspect if they will be wasting their testosterone by masturbating.
The controversial argument here is that testosterone helps in the production of sperms which we happily eject after an orgasm. Since you have ejected them, your body will start producing sperms again and hence it won’t prioritise muscle recovery. This concept does look convincing as far as we rely on common sense. However, let’s see what research actually states.
Researches say that yes testosterone levels rise during an orgasm and fall back to normal afterward. However, no research has been able to prove that more masturbation means more testosterone being used up.
Will My Muscles Grow Slower?
So finally we come to the point where the connection of muscle gain will establish with testosterone. Summarising the researches, a connection could not be established. Meaning,
More masturbation ≠ Slower muscle gain
More studies need to be conducted to get a more clearer and specific view. However, if you are really worried about your muscles, I would suggest you focus on the basics first. Principles of training like progressive overload, a balanced diet to support your muscle gain, and adequate rest should be your matter of concern because they are the basics. Stay up one night and I can bet you have messed up your recovery processes badly.
Why You Can’t Still Masturbate Unlimitedly?
As much as you must be happy right now that your pleasurable habit(masturbation) isn’t going to kill your biggest assets(muscle), you still can’t masturbate unlimitedly.
You must be asking why, so the reason is quite simple, that is, when you masturbate, the blood vessels in your penis experience some large amount of forces. Since you are using your hand, the risk of injury to these blood vessels rises.
Having said that, you don’t have to control your urge forever. It’s totally normal to masturbate 2 to 3 times a week. It actually is healthy since you will have feel-good hormones in your system and your overall mind and body will benefit from it.
Society’s View On Masturbation
The society’s view might not be too open-minded about masturbation. Especially in India, you are told that it’s a bad habit and maybe even classified as sin. They probably don’t know the science behind it and guess who suffers? Their kids with no sex education, being confused, feeling pathetic and some finally resorting to pornography.
What your elders teach you does matter and you have little control over it. It is for such kids who I want to find the right knowledge of sensitive topics like these. Maybe, if we learn today we can make a better society tomorrow.
The Only Thing You Need To Be Worried About
If you read until now, you know masturbation isn’t your enemy and in fact it’s a friend. However, a few other complicated stuff come in the way along with that topic.
More topics like addiction to pornography are often linked with masturbation. Although that’s entirely a different topic, we often forget the line that separates them.
Masturbation can be your friend but pornography can never be. It’s important to know the limits and side effects of going into the wrong path. Pornographic as we all know isn’t good for us in any way. Jumping to the side-effects, I can assure you if you keep on watching porn it is likely to be affecting your psychology. You might have heard the line,
You become what you think
That’s where pornography causes trouble. It takes some time but it does possess the capacity to control your mindset and change it. It seeds itself in your mind slowly and changes your character. Imagine yourself, being a completely different version of yourself who gets inappropriate thoughts upon seeing a woman or whose character is always questionable when it comes to women.
This exact thing should scare you as it scares me. This is because I have witnessed myself how these changes take place and a guy who was a decent chap a couple of years ago is now convinced that women are nothing but an object. Well, as much as it had surprised me, I knew he will get his lesson one day. So, now the choice is yours, in what direction do you want to move
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