What is the effect of masturbation on weightlifitng ability?

  • For years I'm listening from everyone that we have to stop masturbation and also limit sex as it let down process of gaining muscle. Also everyone in gym suggests me to completely stop masturbation.

    Is there any effect of masturbation and sex on gaining muscle through gym workout?

    If there is any effect, then is the effect and quantity of effect is same for masturbation and sex or they are different.(Because I'm more concerned about masturbation here, and not sex).

    I read a on link Effect of Sex/Male Orgasm on Athletic Performance on this site about it, but it discusses on effect on Athletic performance, and I'm concerned about effect on muscle gain. Because I'm not athlete, I'm 29 years old weighting 69 kg who is not related with any sport and just want to gain muscle.

    Not really an answer, but this is what Mark Rippetoe thinks about this question: http://startingstrength.com/resources/forum/showthread.php?t=9540&;s=f7267b0882d4569ce7f47b6b69304286, http://startingstrength.com/resources/forum/showthread.php?t=8076&;s=f7267b0882d4569ce7f47b6b69304286. He obviously doesn't think it affects you significantly.

    About this: **"Also everyone in gym suggests me to completely stop masturbation."** Why are you talking to **everyone in the gym** about this?

    On the other hand, you burn calories during the process; if you can last longer, you can work up a good sweat :)

    @jp2code Why wouldn't he? Is masturbation a secret, something shouldn't be discussed, a prohibited topic?

    @jp2code because here in India, everybody(including trainer) will definitely tell you, sooner or later, to stop masturbation(or sex), as they say it weakens you and brings lower back pain

  • masonk

    masonk Correct answer

    8 years ago

    Peer reviewed literature on testosterone appears to have inconsistent conclusions, however, the well designed studies all agree that abstinence raises T.

    Some studies say that masturbation raises T, and some that abstinence does so. But the well-designed studies all conclude that abstinence raises the baseline amount of T in your body. Well designed studies measure blood T levels for at least ten days after a masturbation event. One frequently cited study only compared T levels a few hours before and after the masturbation event, which lead its authors into an incorrect conclusion.

    It is true that there is a brief spike in T during and after sexual activity that lasts a few hours at most, before returning to a baseline level, b. But 5 days after an ejaculation event, blood T levels begin rising, and flatline at about 1.5b on about the 7th day after masturbation (presumably, after any orgasm). They stay at this highly elevated level until you orgasm again.

    Long story short: protracted abstinence dramatically raises your T level.

    And the best part is, you don't have to take anyone's word for it. Just try it for yourself and you won't doubt it anymore. The effects of that extra testosterone are powerful. I assure you that you won't be able to mistake the difference. The strength, motivation, clarity, and drive that you feel after protracted abstinence has been noted by men throughout the ages, and all across the globe. To give an extreme example, the Spartiate warrior caste lived in barracks their entire lives, and only had carnal knowledge of their wives when they were able to sneak out (at the risk of formal censure). The warriors of the Maori, the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand, widely famed for their ferocity in battle, engaged in rigorous, extended periods of sexual abstinence in preparation for war.


    Endocrine response to masturbation-induced orgasm in healthy men following a 3-week sexual abstinence.

    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. Orgasm increased blood pressure, heart rate, plasma catecholamines and prolactin. These effects were observed both before and after sexual abstinence. In contrast, although plasma testosterone was unaltered by orgasm, higher testosterone concentrations were observed following the period of abstinence. These data demonstrate that acute abstinence does not change the neuroendocrine response to orgasm but does produce elevated levels of testosterone in males.

    Orgasmic frequency and plasma testosterone levels in normal human males.

    Twenty males participated in a 2-month study examining the relationship between 8 a.m. plasma testosterone levels and orgasmic frequency. Within subjects, higher levels of testosterone are associated with periods of sexual activity. Over subjects, however, the direction of the relationship is reversed. Mean testosterone levels were higher for sexually less active individuals.

    A research on the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men.

    The authors found that the fluctuations of testosterone levels from the 2nd to 5th day of abstinence were minimal. On the 7th day of abstinence, however, a clear peak of serum testosterone appeared, reaching 145.7% of the baseline (P<0.01). No regular fluctuation was observed following continuous abstinence after the peak. Ejaculation is the precondition and beginning of the special periodic serum testosterone level variations, which would not occur without ejaculation. The results showed that ejaculation-caused variations were characterized by a peak on the 7th day of abstinence; and that the effective time of anejaculation, is 7 days minimum. These data are the first to document the phenomenon of the periodic change in serum testosterone level; the correlation between ejaculation and periodic change in the serum testosterone level, and the pattern and characteristics of the periodic change.

    Even if abstinence raises testosterone your answer lacks to show that this really has an effect on muscle gain. As working out increases testosterone levels as well. So does the increased base testosterone through abstinence still have an effect compared to this or is it negligible?

    T is well-known to raise lean mass gains.

    And I don't doubt that, but working out increases testosterone levels, too. So, is the effect of abstinence still measurable after workouts?

    Yes. Go find your own sources.

    That's amusing. The best, and most important, answer that I've made on this site is the only one that's been downvoted. Why?

    I removed the downvote, although I still believe the answer lacks the conclusion (that masturbation has an effect) it is still a lot better that other answers I have not downvoted. As I normally don't downvoting if I disagree with an answers content. Your comment _"Go find your own sources"_ simply sounded like _"go fudge yourself"_ and made me mad. Sorry about that.

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