Okay let's get this straight. If there was a definitive link between fapping and hair loss then all men in the world would be bald. So why has this myth come about? In today's blog we answer the question, "can masturbation cause hair loss?" And in doing so, put this myth to bed. (Pun intended)
The probable reason this myth came about is that ejaculating could be seen as the body expelling protein-rich fluid. Semen is made up of 90% water and 10% protein. Proteins are used to build tissue cells, including the cells of your hair, skin and nails. 80-85% of your hair is composed of a protein called keratin. However, research shows that there is no direct link to masturbating and hair loss.
Your body directs protein towards your hair by feeding it micronutrients from your diet and hair growth vitamins.
So where else has the myth between masturbating and hair loss become so popular? Another idea promulgated is that testosterone levels naturally rise during masturbation and sex and this can lead to a rise of the androgen of Dihydrotestosterone. This is an endogenous androgen sex steroid which miniturises hair follicles, (eventually making them smaller) and causing them to disappear altogether. Even though this may be the case, studies show that testosterone levels return to normal levels after orgasm. Ejaculating from masturbating doesn’t have any noticeable, direct effects either way on testosterone levels, however.
Dr Sanusi Umar MD of Fue Hair Restoration puts our mind at rest. "While DHT does play a role in hair loss, you are most likely in the early stages of androgenic alopecia.
The most common factor in hair loss for men and women is androgenic alopecia, or pattern baldness. This genetic condition makes recipients more sensitive to the hormone DHT, which miniaturizes follicles. Those with genetically weak androgen receptors thus suffer hair loss. Men prone to hair thinning and baldness experience it at a much younger age than women and at a higher percentage."
To sum up, there are a number of factors that could be causing your hair loss including, nutrition, health factors and plain old genetics.
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