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Does masturbation cause hair loss?

Oct 15, 2017

Does masturbation cause hair loss?

People often find masturbation as a difficult topic to discuss, which also explains why this topic attracts so many myths. It is seen that many people keep asking whether masturbation leads to hair loss and if it’s a myth or real. Don’t panic, we will clear up your doubts about this topic and put your mind at ease.

Does masturbation cause hair loss

Primarily, premature hair loss is caused by genetics, not by masturbation. So, when you ask does masturbation cause hair loss, my answer would be NO, because there is no scientific evidence. Even though there is no solid evidence for the relation between masturbation and hair loss, still there are several theories that have been running around for years.

Masturbation and Hair Loss

Several theories run around for a myth: masturbation causes hair loss. Let’s see what these theories are.

  • Masturbation Causes Body to Produce DHT:

DHT(Dihydrotestosterone), a male sex hormone, is the primary cause of male pattern baldness. The DHT binds itself to the receptors in the scalp and causes the hair follicle to shrink around the hairline and crown leading to hair loss in men who are genetically sensitive to DHT.  People claim that masturbation causes hair loss because masturbation results in releasing hormones, including DHT. But several studies show that sexual activity or masturbation doesn’t have any effect on testosterone or DHT production.

As we know DHT is a metabolite of testosterone. Whether it is masturbation or sexual intercourse, it doesn’t have any positive or negative effects on DHT Levels.


Role Of DHT(Dihydrotestosterone) In Male Hair Loss


  • Masturbation Lowers Protein Levels:

Semen does contain protein in high amount. But masturbating or having sex doesn’t have any effect on the amount of protein available for your hair follicles. Do you know, 50% of the dry weight of the body is made up of proteins. So even after excessive expulsion of seminal fluid, it won’t reduce the protein content of the body.

On average, 100ml of semen contains about 5040mg of proteins and the amount of semen released during ejaculation is about 3.7ml. Therefore, the amount of protein you lose when you masturbate is insignificant compared to the person’s dietary protein intake. For the sake of argument, even if you spend all day masturbating, you’ll still consume about 10 to 50 times as much protein in your diet, provided you eat relatively healthy. So, there is no correlation between masturbation and protein deficiency, which can cause hair loss.  

DHT Hormones Can Be Balanced by Controlling Ejaculation:

This, again, is a myth, a variation of the claim that masturbation and DHT levels are related. We have already approached the question “does masturbation cause hair fall?” and debunked the fact that masturbation has no effect on the DHT levels whatsoever.

However, there are other hormones that are affected due to masturbation or sex, but their levels in the body have nothing to do with hair loss. One of the hormones is oxytocin which affects the pleasure centers of the brain. Some pieces of evidence do point that oxytocin could affect the conversion of testosterone to DHT, but the studies don’t specifically show that it is masturbation that is having an impact on DHT and not other situations that produce oxytocin. So, there is no reason to worry about the release of oxytocin during sex or masturbation which could lead to hair loss.

Truth about masturbation and hair loss

The fact of this is a lot of men are genetically predisposed to hair loss. It is a common hair loss condition caused by heredity passed down from either side of the family where the person’s hair follicles are more sensitive to the adverse effects of DHT than others. It is the genetic sensitivity of hair follicles, which leads to thinning of hair, not a person’s high or low libido.

DHT is the major reason for male pattern baldness. DHT is made after converting testosterone through the enzyme, 5α-reductase. There is no role of masturbation or sex in the process where the hair follicles miniaturize and stop growing. So, if you notice that your hairline is receding or your hair is getting thinner, a lot of factors may be contributing towards it, such as nutrition, stress, lifestyle, etc. The claim that masturbation causes hair loss is not true. It can be treated by changing your diet and lifestyle or using medications to lower your DHT levels.

What causes hair loss?

The actual cause of hair loss is a combination of heredity and hormones, not masturbation. Let’s see what are the common causes of hair loss.

  • Male-Pattern Baldness
  • DHT 
  • Stress 
  • Medical conditions 
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Anagen Effluvium

 


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So, if you are losing your hair, your sex life does not have to suffer. It’s not what’s causing your hair loss and there are treatments for male hair loss that deal with the root problem.

For queries and concerns regarding hair loss and treatment, book your consultation with a HairMD expert.

34 Comments

  1. Pragnesh raval

    Sir mujhe serious haifall problem hai to me kya karu jisse hair fall band ho jaye please reply sir I have serious hairfall problem .

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Pragnesh,
      I can understand your concern. I won’t be able to prescribe you any medications or treatment on this platform without examining you. I would suggest you to consult Dermatologists near you, get examined and start proper treatment according to your scalp need.

      Reply
  2. Ashpak Shaikh

    Sir mere bal center se ja rahe hai aap se visit Karna hai

    Reply
  3. Siddharth

    Hair bahut thin hai aur tezi se loss ho rahe… Top of scalp almost nazar aa rahaa hai… Kya treatment hai.. Plz reply

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Siddharth,
      I can understand your concern. I would suggest you to consult your Dermatologists near you, get examined and start treatment according to your scalp need, which includes US FDA approved medications, nutritional support, some procedures under Dermatologists guidance.

      Reply
  4. Kiran padavi

    Sir, mere hair kamjor aur thin ho Gaye he. To Main kya use karu, aur diet Mai monde vitamin add Karu.

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Kiran,
      I would suggest you to consult Dermatologists near you, get examined and start proper treatment according to your scalp need.

      Reply
  5. Chetan garg

    Sir minoxidil ka use Dr. Ki advise ke bina kre to or normally kitna %use krna chahiye

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Chetan,
      Minoxidil should not be used without consulting Dermatologists. I would suggest you to consult Dermatologists near you.

      Reply
  6. Saket rajak

    Sir mujhe hair reciding ho rhi hai intialy hai to Mai Kya use kru

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Saket,
      I would suggest you to consult Dermatologists near you, get examined and start proper treatment according to your scalp need.

      Reply
  7. Akash sahu

    “How to growth my front side hair
    Please tell me

    And my dali life me kon kon se vitamin add karu
    Please tell me”

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Akash,
      You can follow healthy diet, include proteins, vitamins, carbs in your diet. I would suggest you to consult Dermatologists near you, get examined and start proper treatment according to your scalp need.

      Reply
  8. RAKIB HUSAIN

    Sir i used minoxidil 5 for 3 month and my hair fall decrease and some hair regroth so i advised to you that me continue used of minoxidil .sir maine 3 maheena tak minoxidil 5 ka use kiya aur ab mere baal jhadna kam ho gaye aur kuch baal pahle se jyada ho gaye hai to kya mai iska istemal aage bi jaari rakhu kya

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Rakib,
      It’s good that you are getting good results. Minoxidil should not be used without consulting Dermatologists, I would suggest you to reconsult your Dermatologists and according to your scalp need along with minoxidil take proper treatment under dermatologists guidance.

      Reply
  9. yuvrajsingh

    Sir m 17 yrs ka hm 12 class m hm mere baal bahut kam ho gye h receding hair line ho gyi sir m apni diet ache se leta par pta nhi kyu tab bhi aage se ganja pan dikhta h phele ke mukable mere bahut kam ho gye h plz solution dijiye

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Yuvraj,
      I won’t be able to prescribe you any medication or treatment without examining you, as it is against medical ethics. I would suggest you to consult Dermatologists near you get examined and start proper treatment according to your scalp need.

      Reply
  10. Pushpendra

    My hair fall with root patches how to stop it

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Pushpendra,
      I would suggest you to consult Dermatologists near you, get examined and start proper treatment according to your scalp need. I won’t be able to prescribe any medication or treatment without examining you, as it is against medical ethics.

      Reply
  11. mohd rashid

    Sir me minoxidil 5% 2 mahine se use kar raha hu, aur mere baal bhut jyada jhadd rhe hai, sir ye kab tak jadenge?

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Rashid,
      Yes, when we start the use of Minoxidil in start your hair start falling, which is called as hair shedding. In shedding period the weak and dead hairs fall down and then new hairs grew back. You need to understand that your hair will grow in complete cyclic order and hair has to pass each stage and it see on the surface. After minoxidil usage, it takes 4-6 months to see results. Follow your Dermatologists treatment protocol.

      Reply
  12. Shailendra nayak

    Sir me 9 month se minoxidil use kr rha Hu or finex 1mg le rha Hu result b better hai but hair hall nhi rukta abhi bhi bal boht thin hai kya karu…?

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Shailendra,
      It’s good that you are getting good results. I would suggest you to re-consult your Dermatologists and get clarifications of your doubts.

      Reply
  13. Shakir Shaikh

    “Hello Sir
    Mere ball Bhot jhad rahe h aur Ruk nhi raha h mujhe kuch NHi samjhra nhi h aur doct ko dikhaya phir bhi kuch nhi farak pada mere hair Bhot hi thin Ho Gaye h aur Bhot niklra h sir se”

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Shakir,
      It takes a minimum of 4-6 months to get results of any medication or treatment. I would suggest you to have patience and follow your Dermatologists treatment protocol.

      Reply
  14. Susheel

    Sir my father is 48 years old and he have thick and shiny hair now also. He is yoga teacher. My mother is 43 years old and she have good hair too. I’m only 17 years old and i’m having male pattern baldness from upper scalp. We consulted a dermatologist. He just did bak bak, didnt gave good idea. I’m healthy. I have no any health issues i’m far from addiction of alcohol. He(doctor) said not to take stress. And I try that. I started to do exercise. But didn’t get any good results. Now how can i not take stress. I’m going to depression now. My parents are suggesting to wait till my board exams and start for treatment. I see my friends having good hair but i am forced to wear cap which makes me sad. Now i’m just living for my parents i m so sad what should i try

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello,
      I will suggest you check with another dermatologist if you are not comfortable with your doctor and get your test done to see the problem for your hair fall, as it can be due to deficiency, or heredity, or other issues.
      for me it is really difficult to say about any medications, as without doing a physical examination.its against medical ethics.

      Reply
  15. Ram Babu

    “Sir
    I want to hair transplant so can you share some results. Or future problems.. Please comment Sir”

    Reply
  16. Prince

    Hi.. Air i am prince sir mera one question hai… Ki Minoxidil use karne k bad bal ki growth ho jati hai…. to kya minoxidil lagana chhod sakte hai….??

    Reply
    • Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

      Hello Prince,
      Minoxidil should not be used without consulting your Dermatologist, Results depends on person to person. Consult Dermatologists near you, get examined and start proper treatment.

      Reply
  17. Raval Keyur r.

    Dear sir,
    Sir mere hair loss ho rahe hai, aur meri body mai 5% blood hi hai, to ye reason ho sakta hai hair loss ke liye. waiting for your answer.

    Reply
    • Dr Dhananjay Chavan

      hello,
      aapko dermatologist se consult kijiya, aur accordingly medication se kijiya.
      aapke test karke pata chalega, aapke body me deficiency ke problem hai, aur may be genetic problem se bhi hota hai.

      Reply

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