Does Masturbation Cause Hair Loss?

21 Sep, 2021

There are many myths around masturbation, ranging from decreasing penis size to erectile dysfunctioning. One other myth is ‘can masturbation lead to hair loss?’

Myth 1: Masturbation reduces protein levels, causing hair loss

Some people believe that since semen contains high levels of protein, each ejaculation robs the body of proteins that could otherwise be used for hair growth. This statement is only partially correct. Allow us to explain.

It is true that semen is high in protein, containing about 5.04 grams of protein per 100 millilitres of semen — but each ejaculation contains only 3.7 millilitres of semen, which is a miniscule amount compared to how much protein the normal person consumes in a single day. To give you a practical sense, you would need to ejaculate nearly half a cup of semen to match the protein of one egg white!

Myth 2: Masturbation leads to higher testosterone levels and therefore higher DHT

Other people claim masturbation leads to higher testosterone levels, which in turn increases DHT (a hormone linked to hair loss) and therefore hair loss. This statement is also incorrect. In reality, sexual activity has no effect on testosterone. In fact, a scientific study found that males who abstained from masturbation for 3 weeks actually had elevated levels of testosterone! 

So don’t worry, there is absolutely no scientific evidence linking masturbation to hair loss or even hair in general. What happens down there in no way determines your look up there!

So what causes baldness

Androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness, is a common type of hair loss that affects millions of people worldwide. The condition is caused by a combination of several factors, including genetics, testosterone, and age.

Testosterone is a male sex hormone that is responsible for the development of male characteristics, such as muscle mass, body hair, and a deep voice. While testosterone is necessary for healthy development, it can also have negative effects on the hair follicles.

Testosterone is converted into a more potent hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. DHT can bind to the hair follicles and shrink them, leading to hair thinning and eventual hair loss. This type of hair loss is known as Androgenetic Alopecia and is the most common cause of hair loss in men.

You can treat the above condition by Hair Loss Prevention Treatments and Permanent Hair Corrections (Hair Transplant is the only viable option here).

The most important first step is to undertake a medical examination on your hair. For consultation with our Trichologist or Hair Transplant Doctor, please contact us at (08) 6216 0443 or book your appointment directly using the below link.

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