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The Truth About Sex, Masturbation and Hair Loss

You don't have to avoid sex to keep your hairIf sex or masturbation lead to hair loss, just about everyone on the planet would be bald. Still, there are many theories that claim there’s a link between sexual activity and hair loss so they’re worth noting just to clear the air. If we can set the record straight and no man or woman need complain about their partner’s libido any longer.

One of the main theories regarding sexual activity and hair loss is that ‘excessive’ ejection of seminal fluid may lead to a protein deficiency in the body, and thus hair loss. Seminal fluid is composed of around 90% water and 10% protein and protein is responsible for the growth and repair of many of the body’s tissues, including hair. As hair is also essentially fibrous protein, it makes sense that depleted protein levels will affect hair growth.

However, over 50% of the dry weight of your body consists of protein so even ‘excessive’ expulsion of seminal fluid will not reduce the overall protein levels of most men. Although protein has many roles to play in the body (structurally, metabolically and protection of the immune system), the hair generally gets the protein it needs to maintain a healthy condition through proper nutrition and perhaps supplements for hair growth. The average daily need for protein is estimated at around 56g per day but the average intake for men in the UK is higher than this, at 84g per day.

Hair loss affects 8 in 10 men at some point in their life and male pattern baldness is the main offender. It’s not the result of a lack of protein (although nutrition does play a part in hair growth) that causes the progressive condition, it is a little bi-product of the male sex hormone, testosterone, called DHT. I hear the bells ringing in your head – ‘there’s the word sex again!’

Cue other popular sex-related hair loss theory – sex and masturbation increase testosterone levels which lead to the production of more dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which in turn causes hair loss. Again, this theory is very ‘Confucius says’, but it is not true. High testosterone levels aren’t the root problem and are not what instigate DHT to cause hair loss. It’s all to do with your genes – and I’m not referring to how tight you wear them.

The fact of the matter is that a lot of men are genetically predisposed to hair loss. It’s a common, hereditary condition passed down from either side of the family where the selected person’s hair follicles are more sensitive to the adverse effects of DHT than others. It’s the genetic sensitivity of the hair follicles toward DHT which cause their miniaturisation and lead to thinning hair, not your enlarged libido.

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

Fill in the Belgravia Centre’s online diagnostic form to get expert advice on your condition. You can also gain access the recommended treatment without the need to come into the centre. Or if you do wish to book and appointment or have a chat with a hair loss specialist, call 020 7730 6666 or send an email.

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51 Comments

16th December, 2012 at 10:25 am

sham

im 18 Years old i do masturbating daily 2 Times & i have hairfall, more than 40 To 50 hair gets loss daily does masturbating is the reason for hairloss

18th December, 2012 at 7:57 am

Jenna

Hi Sham, Thank you for your enquiry. Losing 40-50 hair daily is within the normal range that most people shed and it would not be a problem as long as it grows back. However, this may not be the case if you notice that your hair is getting thinner. Our advice would be for you to see a Hair Loss specialist so condition is assessed to establish the cause and diagnose correctly. There are no known links between masturbation and hair loss. If you would like more information please contact the centre to book a free consultation.

23rd April, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Ariel

Hello, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this article. Keep on posting!

1st May, 2013 at 5:44 am

Paulo

Fantastic altogether, you merely obtained a fresh reader.

2nd November, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Subha

Am 17 yrs old....i masturbated almost once a day in the age between 12 to 15....bt now i controlled more..bt now a problem arouse,almost 20 to 30 hair is losing evryday,i am vry tensed for that..my head looks almost empty..plz hlp me as soon as possible so that more hair will grow in my head..

3rd November, 2014 at 11:33 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Subha,

Your hair loss will not be connected to your masturbation. It is most likely a hereditary hair loss condition such as male pattern baldness. However, losing 20-30 hairs per day is well within the normal hair loss range. If you are concerned about your hair fall we suggest you contact a hair loss specialist who will be able to diagnose your condition and recommend an effective hair loss treatment plan to combat shedding and regrow hair. As you are 17, it is worth noting that hair loss medications are only available for men aged 18 and over.

8th November, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Adeel

need an urgent reply please.I am male 19 years old. I have been doing ejaculation/masturbation from age of 15 ..three times a day.From that day i have been facing hair loss .And at the age of 19 i have became bald from front and crown.If it was a genetic then i can be ok as it is part of nature. But when i visit a doctor...the doctor told me that frequent ejaculation/masturbation does cause hairfall..I am very depressed.

10th November, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hello Adeel,

Male hair loss is a genetic condition and is not related to masturbation. It is caused by a hereditary predisposition to the hormone in the body which causes balding around the top of the head from the hairline to the crown. I hope that helps.

14th November, 2014 at 9:12 pm

SAGNIK

Hello Sarah, I found this article by googlig. Want to tell you my problem, I'm a 19 years boy, I masturbate reguraly, after sometimes I get tingling and oily effect in the sculp which stays all the day. I also got dandruff. I started to masturbate when I was 15, got acne and pimples all over my face also oily skin. I noticed I am getting darker than I am, also some skin disease amd brittle nails. Although I drink about plenty of water, take healthy foods, workout daily. But those problem still persists. I consult a doctor and he suggest me a shampoo called KTC, although I use Head & Shoulders in a regular basis, massage coconut oil on sculp once a week for about an hour then rinse of with shampoo. Still got acne, darker and oily looks than I am before and top of that Thinning hair, oily sculp and dandruff. If masturbation causing dht and that Culprit Hormone causing this, then I need a suggestion to finish this culprit forever. Please help, I dont want to get bald at 19. P.S : Trying to cut of masturbation.

17th November, 2014 at 10:52 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hello Sagnik,

There is no link between masturbation and hair loss. Thinning hair can be a sign of male pattern baldness which is caused by a sensitivity to DHT, however, DHT is not produced by masturbation. It is present in everybody but will only cause hair loss in people who are genetically sensitive to it. There are only two medically-proven treatments for this hereditary hair loss condition. These are Propecia and minoxidil.

15th December, 2014 at 8:27 am

rahul

Hello Will masterbating once per day cause hairloss ?? Whats the link between dht and masterbation?

15th December, 2014 at 10:35 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Rahul,

There is no link between masturbation and hereditary hair loss. Male pattern hair loss is caused by a genetic sensitivity to DHT. This predisposition to balding is not affected by how many times per day you masturbate.

12th January, 2015 at 7:29 am

raviteja

Hi I have a doubt what means some people say masturbation causes hair loss and causes dandruff is it real in their saying DOES MASTURBATION CAUSES HAIRFALL AND DANDRUFF I WANT 100% SURABLE ANSWER dr. I have thyroid also as I have thyroid. Thyroid may cause any effect on dng masturbation plz give me answer thanq

12th January, 2015 at 10:50 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Raviteja,

Masturbation does NOT cause hair loss. A genetic sensitivity to the hormone DHT is the cause of male pattern baldness, however, there are other hair loss conditions which can be related to thyroid conditions. Dandruff is not caused by masturbation or thyroid problems.

25th January, 2015 at 8:10 am

Dharshan

I am Male..21 years old..I started masturbating at the age of 15..till now i uesd to masturbate..During the initial stages i used to masturbate once or twice a week.For the last 6 months i have been masturbating daily..that too 1-2 times.I recently noticed that I have hairfall.daily 50-60 hairs are falling..Ialso feel that my hair is getting thinner...Is this related to masturbation.please help me on this

25th January, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Mack

Hi Sarah, my age is 29. I'm from India. I'm losing almost 60-80 hairs a day, and my hairs are getting thinner, and even I've dandruff also. After reading your article and comments I understood that masturbating doesn't affect hair loss. And you said A genetic sensitivity to the hormone DHT is the cause of male pattern baldness. Now can you help me with the solution to stop the hair loss?

26th January, 2015 at 11:58 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Mack,

Shedding around 60-80 hairs per day is within the range of normal hair loss. However, if you find you are starting to experience thinning hair, the best thing to do would be to speak to a specialist who can diagnose your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment. Your hair loss is unlikely to be caused by dandruff which should clear up with the use of a medicated shampoo - your local pharmacist should be able to advise you on this.

26th January, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Dharshan,

Masturbation is not related to hair loss. Your shedding is well within the normal hair loss range, however, if you feel that your hair is starting to thin this could well be due to a hair loss condition, so it is advisable to visit a hair loss specialist for a professional diagnosis. If you are based in London you can call us on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message to book your hair loss consultation, or if you are based outside London you can complete our Online Consultation.

11th February, 2015 at 11:51 pm

John

but doesnt ejaculation rises the levels of testosterone and automatically raising the levls of DHT ? it makes sense (i know it's because of the sensibility of my hairs to DHT, but if i get more of it, it should be worse).

13th February, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi John,

Ejaculation does cause the levels of testosterone to rise fleetingly but studies have found that because they rise for such a short period of time, this has no effect on hair loss.

15th February, 2015 at 12:29 am

nadeem

Hi Sarah I'm of 28 years old I'm masturbating since the age of 16 . My body became feeble and thin, I'm suffering from hair fall. Is it due to masturbation?

16th February, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Nadeem,

No, masturbation does not cause hair loss, and it is also unlikely that it would make you thin or weak. If you feel unwell, the best thing to do is to discuss it with your GP or medical advisor as hair loss can be a side effect of other health conditions. For example, illnesses, stress, or nutrient deficiencies can all lead to a general diffuse thinning of the hair, called Telogen Effluvium. Whilst there are treatments for Telogen Effluvium available, it is best that you first see your doctor in order to establish and treat the underlying health issue that may be causing your hair loss.

27th February, 2015 at 4:17 pm

calvin

Masterbating once a day causes any side effects like thinning hair or pimples?

27th February, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Calvin,

You would need to consult your doctor or dermatologist regarding pimples but we can confirm that masturbation does not cause hair loss.

1st March, 2015 at 7:49 am

sammy

Will masterbation lead to protien deficiency thus leading to hairloss in men ?

2nd March, 2015 at 10:42 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sammy,

The amount of protein lost during masturbation is so miniscule that it is highly unlikely to lead to protein deficiency and has no effect on hair loss.

7th March, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Spidey

I am 18 years old.I see my hairs thinning. But i don't notice much hairloss everyday but occasionally i find some day around 40-50 hair falls a day.My hairs are also thin and silky by nature.I was very tensed about my hair fall as it was noticeable a bald spot at centre.So i shaved off my Hair.I can now see that the gap between one hair and another more than normal almost all part of head.Its not too much but still more than normal.I also do excessive masturbation.so am i getting bald!? Is it due to masturbation or because i didn't took proper care of my hairs.will shaving my hair will help me any way?cause i use to have a lot of dandruff before i shaved my head.

9th March, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Spidey,

The normal amount of hair loss is around 100 hairs per day so you are well within this amount. Masturbation does not cause hair loss so if you are starting to notice your hair thinning, this could be due to male pattern hair loss. Shaving your head will not have any effect on your hair loss although it may make it appear less noticeable. Some scalp conditions which cause persistent flaking and can look like dandruff may cause your hair to thin, specifically seborrhoeic dermatitis, so we would recommend you see a hair loss specialist for a professional diagnosis. They can also then discuss suitable hair loss treatment options with you.

24th March, 2015 at 2:54 pm

ANAL BISWAS

Hello, I am suffering form Spermatorrhea & also hair loss. Is Hair loss related to this disease.

24th March, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hello Anal,

Hair loss and masturbation are not linked so it is highly unlikely that your condition will be causing your hair loss, this is more likely to be down to genetics. It is best that you speak to your doctor, dermatologist or a local hair loss specialist who can examine you and determine the precise cause of your shedding and advise on how to treat it.

3rd April, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Ben

Okay so I am a 16-year-old guy and I have been masturbating frequently(never more than once in a day) since the age of about 13. In the last 6-9 months I have cut it down to 1-3 times per week. I started doing research on the whole thing because I was wondering if there were any negative or positive benefits and I found that the negatives most definitely outweighed the positives according to a lot of seemed to be credible sources, and when I read that hair loss could be a side effect is when I really started to worry.... I have always had a large forehead however I am almost positive my hairline is receding and my hair is thinning out. My grandpa never lost his hair my dad still has his so I don't believe either side is prone to male pattern baldness however I have one uncle who went bald at the age of 17 but that's it. I have read that masturbation rids the body of vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, etc. It would then make sense to say that doing this repetitively would eventually result in some type of physical change such as hair loss. If this is not true why do so many websites say the same thing? I hope you see this and can enlighten me so that I can stop worrying.

8th April, 2015 at 9:54 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ben,

You would need to masturbate far more frequently in order for the small amounts of vitamins and minerals expelled through semen to have any noticeable effect on your body. Your masturbation habits are not the cause of your hair loss. Male Pattern Hair Loss can be passed on by your mother's side of the family as well as your father's. Whilst it is likely your hair loss is caused by androgenic alopecia, if you are unsure as to the cause and would like a professional diagnosis, as well as advice on how to treat your hair loss, please contact us to book a free consultation on 020 7730 6666 or drop us a message. Alternatively, if you are unable to visit either of our Central London hair loss clinics due to your location, please complete our Online Consultation form.

19th April, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Jay

Hi Kate, I'm in desperate need for help, I'm 25 years old losing approximately 300-500 hair strands a day, texture of my hair has changed, and hair has become thinner. About a year ago I was hospitalized due to minor cellulitis on my toe, was put on IV 24 hours a day for straight 7 days. Since than I have been losing close to 300-500 hair a day, starting to see my scalp at the vertex and the top part of my head due to thinning and loss of hair. The texture of my hair completely changed, it is more frizzy, dry, and curly. I never had curly hair, but now I have the really dry and crappy curly hair that feels fragile and would come off if I run my figures through my hair. I have seen 2 different dermotologist, both have diagnosed me with Telogen Effluvium + male pattern baldness. It is past 6 months almost 1 year and I am still losing tremendous amount of hair daily. The reason I am posting on this post is because I noticed that when I became sexually active 6 years ago my hair has taken a down fall slowly, and now in the past year it just went completely wrong. I also have been masturbating since the age of 15 or 16 but recently have increased the number of times I masturbate to the point I think I have an addiction. No one has a definite answer for my excessive hair loss. Which is the reason maybe masturbation plays a roll in losing so much hair. I am also currently on adderall, bioton, Multi vit, bunch of other vitamins, use rogain 1 time a day, and a prescription shampoo keto. 2%. NO ONE in my family has Male Pattern Baldness in my family, my grandfather had full set of hair when he passed away, my dad still has full set of hair and he's over 50 so does my mom. Everyone that has suffered hair loos in my family has had it after the age of 50. I am under a lot of stress for the past year, going through depression, school, and work more stress than I have ever been in. PLEASE HELP I have completely lost all my self esteem, can not pay attention in school or work, can't even look at myself with out breaking down into tears. I understand you guys are based off in UK, but the problem is I live in USA. Is there a facility you guys have here in USA where I can go get my scalp checked out. PLEASE HELP!! Thank You, Jay Patel

20th April, 2015 at 11:52 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hello Jay,

From what you say, there are a number of factors which could be causing your ongoing hair loss. Whilst masturbation and sexual activity are not at fault, things you describe which could well be causing your shedding include shock, stress, side effects of prescription medication and depression. These issues are known to cause hair loss - usually in the form of Telogen Effluvium (which can become Chronic Telogen Effluvium if it continues for more than six months) - and can also trigger Male Pattern Hair Loss in those with a genetic predisposition. We are able to have one of our hair loss specialists diagnose you remotely and discuss your treatment options with you for reversing your hair loss; all you need to do is to complete our Online Consultation, which is for our home-use service for overseas customers and those based outside London. I hope that helps!

6th May, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Chad

Wasn't masturbation supposed to cause hair growth? On your palms? xD It's funny how there are so many crazy myths about masturbation still to this day.

27th June, 2015 at 4:31 am

Nandish nandy

Hi Sarah I'm anish I'm 17 and I started masturbation in the age of 13 I started getting hair fall and I feel that I will get bald is this because of masturbation??

29th June, 2015 at 9:55 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Anish,

No. Masturbation will not make you lose your hair. If your hair is starting to shed, it could well be a natural part of the hair growth cycle, or it could be a case of premature balding from male pattern hair loss (a genetic condition which is inherited and not linked to masturbation).

7th July, 2015 at 9:45 am

raviteja

My name is ravi iam suffering from hairloss in 2 years, my scalp has something wrong, its forms thread like dust what can i do??

8th July, 2015 at 9:39 am

Lakshay Gupta

Hi Sarah I am Lakshay from India .From past 5 years I used to masturbate a lot more than twice in a day .From previous one month my hairs growth on my head stops .It cannot be occurred due to hierarchy DHT testosterone because my family does not have any hair issues or if it happens is there any sign or test to which i can make a sure it is not because of DHT testosterone

8th July, 2015 at 10:29 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Lakshay,

The easiest way to find out if you have high levels of DHT is to have a blood test to measure your DHT levels. A hair loss specialist or your doctor will be able to tell you if your hair loss is due to genetics or other factors.

9th July, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ravi, This sounds like a scalp condition so we suggest you visit a local dermatologist or doctor to get it seen to before seeking hair loss treatment.

16th July, 2015 at 8:26 am

raviteja

Hi dr I have a doubt what means I have tonsured my head continusely. Year after year I tonsured like this 3 years now I think my hair line is reduced my family members doesn't have baldness .so plz give clarity about this if we tonsure(shave) our hair on head it may reduce our hairline? And what I want to do to get increase my hairline.I masturbate 1or2 times a day is it will effect my hairline.does masturbation causes receding hairline?

16th July, 2015 at 10:46 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Raviteja,

We often find that men cannot notice the changes in their hair or hairline if they constantly shave their head. Many clients tell us that they only started to notice they were experiencing thinning hair or a receding hairline once they started to grow their hair after shaving for many years. They also tell us that they do not lose their hair when they shave it or keep their hair very short and only lose hair when they grow it long. However, the fact is that this is not the case, it is just that they cannot notice any hair loss whilst their hair is very short. A receding hairline or any other sign of male pattern baldness is not caused by masturbation. There are male hair loss treatments available which can help to prevent further hair loss and regrow your hair.

20th July, 2015 at 8:16 am

sameer

Hi Sarah I am sameer from past 7 years I used to masturbate a lot more than twice in a day and from reports my hair thinning is found found due dht levels which is due to masturbation as doctors said or something else because from your blog i came to understand that dht level does not rise so much by masturbation but i promise i will quit this by today but is it possible as doctors says or not and in my family there is no hair balness if manstubation is not the reason according to your blog so what other reason might be for this or this is the reason as doctor says ....pls help me

20th July, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sameer,

Masturbation does not cause hair loss and you can have Male Pattern Hair Loss even if your family do not show signs of hair loss. You can find a full explanation here where one of our specialists has replied to your question in full.

12th August, 2015 at 4:48 pm

winston

hi sarah, if masturbation doesnt cause hairloss why all the people commented above suffer hairloss and all are masturbating too.i m 17 years old when i am shampooing i lose almost 20 strands

13th August, 2015 at 10:58 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Winston,

There are many men around the world who masturbate - the number asking questions here is a very small sample. Masturbation does not cause hair loss, as outlined above, and normal hair loss is generally around 100 hairs per day so 20 is well below the normal amount and nothing to worry about.

13th August, 2015 at 3:07 pm

winston

After masturbation the increase in testosterone level will be converted dht wont it affect the hair.is dht is not the problem for mens hairloss.will years of masturbation wont make a huge accumulation of dht in scalp

13th August, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Winston, As per my answer above, ejaculation causes testosterone levels to rise only fleetingly and study findings showed that, given this increase is for such a short period of time, it has no effect on hair loss. Despite it being a common misconception, male hair loss is not caused by masturbation or sex.

14th August, 2015 at 8:54 am

winston

it is said that normal hair loss is 100 to 150 strand day but is it the count of the hair on head or for the whole body.

14th August, 2015 at 9:13 am

Sarah Belgravia

That's the amount for hair on your scalp, Winston.

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