Even though about 80% of all men and women masturbate, most of us find it difficult to discuss it with people around us. This may explain why there are a number of myths surrounding masturbation. You possibly have heard about some of the more absurd ones, like masturbating too often can make you go blind.
Another famous masturbation myth is that it can be causing your hair to fall out if you do it too often. If this was actually the case, pretty much everyone around you would probably be bald.
To be clear, there are no scientific studies able to link masturbation (nor sex) to hair loss or the health of your hair. However, a number of websites claiming to have found evidence substantiate their findings with facts, figures and scientific terms, which make it seem more reasonable at first.
Are you still worried that masturbation could be causing hair loss? Let’s take a look at the two most common claims surrounding masturbation and hair loss and see if there is any truth to it.
Myth #1: Masturbation Reduces Protein Levels
Studies have shown that protein is important for hair growth because hair follicles are mostly made of protein. As a result, a lack of protein in the diet has been proven to increase hair loss.
The myth is based on the hypothesis that semen contains protein, which is being released through masturbation (or sexual activity) and hence reducing protein levels in the body. The lack of protein will, in turn, cause hair to fall out.
It is true that semen is largely made up of protein, however, the average ejaculation is 3.4mL and only contains 0.171g of protein. As a way of comparison, the average daily protein intake for an adult man is 56g of protein, which is about 330 times as much as a single ejaculation.
To summarise, the amount of protein being released when ejaculation is so low, that it does not have any significant impact on hair loss.
Myth #2: Masturbation Increases DHT
Testosterone is converted into Dihydrotestosterone, also known as DHT, which is predominately responsible for causing male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). DHT binds to receptors on the hair follicle and when your hair follicles are genetically sensitive to DHT, the hair gets weaker and thinner until it eventually falls out.
Supporters of the myth tend to fall back to the claim that masturbating triggers the releases of hormone DHT and hence causes hair loss.
However, several studies have actually found contradictory results and showed that masturbation (or any sexual activity) had no meaningful effect on the production of DHT.
Other studies have tried to examine the effect of sexual activity on testosterone production levels, but have not managed to find a scientifically meaningful relationship. Given testosterone is converted into DHT, it is fair to assume that sexual activity (or the lack thereof) has any impact on DHT production.
In other words – masturbation does not cause hair loss.
So, Does Masturbation Cause Your Hair to Fall Out?
No, masturbation does not cause hair loss and there is no scientific evidence to support the myth. As a matter of fact, masturbation is can also be a way to relieve tension, ease anxiety and reduce stress which has shown to reduce hair loss.
When you notice your hairline to recede, you are better off to get smart around why you may be losing your hair as opposed to changing your masturbation habits. Most commonly male pattern baldness is caused by your genetics which causes a sensitivity of hair follicles towards DHT.
While you won’t be able to change your genetics, you can take action in combating your hair loss with treatments which have proven to work. Check out our guide to The Big Three in hair loss, to see for the most effective way of keeping your crown alive.