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The Truth About Sex, Masturbation and Hair Loss

If 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.

Masturbation Does Not Cause Hair Loss

Despite Popular Myths, Masturbation Does Not Cause Hair Loss

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 to 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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14th August, 2015 at 9:13 am

Sarah Belgravia

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

1st September, 2015 at 4:15 pm

winston

do you have any solid proof for masturbation doesnt cause hairloss.

11th September, 2015 at 11:53 am

Sarah

Hello again Winston,

There have not been any clinical trials into this so there is no conclusive proof, however, based on the information available, the medical community is in agreement that masturbation does not cause hair loss.

4th December, 2015 at 5:45 pm

dominic

hello sarah, first of all thank you for making it clear that masturbation is not related to hairfall... i have been suffering from heavy hairloss for past 2 years atleast... i had consulted a dermatologist, the doctor its nothing to worry about and also said it might be genetic. but no one in my family has such problem. the doctor prescribed me some pills and 5% minoxydil.. but nothing worked. eventually i gave up on minoxidil. the doc said it might be male pattern baldness but i am loosing hair not only in particular region but entire head. Now i am wondering if i have some deficiency. should i get my blood tested? if so what do i test for?

23rd December, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Dominic, here is a full response to your query. We hope you find this useful.

20th February, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Devan

Hello, What is classified as excessive mastrubating? I normally mastrubate once a day is that okay?

22nd February, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Devan, once a day is not considered 'excessive'.

11th March, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Ryan

I love how the article says: if everybody masturbated almost everybody would be bald... A few paragraphs later... 8 in 10 men will experience baldness.

11th March, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Fair point, Ryan! To clarify the information regarding 8 in 10 men experiencing hair loss, this is not to say they will all go bald but that they will experience thinning hair at some point in their lives from male pattern hair loss. Some will experience it as early as their mid-to-late teens whilst the majority will develop the condition in their late 20s to early 30s although other men may not see the signs until they are in their 50s. This is not linked to how much they masturbate but their DNA and whether or not their genetic propensity to hereditary hair loss is active or not. There are certain lifestyle factors known to trigger genetic hair loss - stress being a common one - but masturbation has not yet been found to have any influence.

8th April, 2016 at 6:21 am

syed

i am afraid of hair loss my family says your hairs are good but i am afraid they are falling from front off my head but my family says its just family desgin i am afaird of last two years but after two years my hairs are same is their any problem and i want diet plain not medcine so plzzz gudie for duiet not any medical

8th April, 2016 at 10:01 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Syed, If you have genetic hair loss your diet cannot prevent this, only clinically-proven hair loss treatments for male pattern baldness will be able to prevent shedding and promote regrowth. Diet can improve the condition of your hair but it will not stop hereditary hair loss. We do not offer diet plans but you may find the following articles helpful.

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9th April, 2016 at 3:51 am

syed

i donot have hereditary problem plzz contect me at face book i will show u my hairs and plzz turely guide me

11th April, 2016 at 9:37 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Syed, If you want personalised advice on your shedding from one of our hair loss specialists you will need to either make an appointment to visit one of our Central London clinics for a free consultation or, if the locations are inconvenient for you if you are based outside London or abroad, please complete our Online Consultation form.

5th May, 2016 at 2:10 pm

vicky

i m vicky i start masturbate at age 11 now i am 19 ... but at age 12 my hair loss start .. and still 7 years very heavy hair loss i lost my front hair and back side .. sarah now my last hope is you plzz help me suggest me anything .. i feel die .. plzzzz

5th May, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Vicky, as per my previous response to your last comment, you need to speak to your doctor as you mention you are experiencing hair loss of your body too. This suggests it is an autoimmune-based condition called Alopecia Universalis which we do not treat at Belgravia. It is not life-threatening, nor is it related to masturbation, and its only symptom is the loss of hair so hopefully this puts your mind at rest somewhat but we do recommend you speak with your usual GP for further advice.

6th May, 2016 at 2:00 pm

vicky

ok thanks but you tell me which vitamin mineral i loss already . iron . biotin .zinc .. which mineral help me reduce hair loss .??

6th May, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Sarah

Hi Vicky, there are many vitamins and minerals that can promote healthy hair, however none will prevent hair loss unless your shedding is due to a nutritional imbalance. As before, given you have said that you are experiencing hair loss from your body as well as your scalp, it is unlikely to be a dietary matter and we really do recommend you speak to your doctor about this.

6th May, 2016 at 3:26 pm

vicky

ok thanx i consult with my doctor but any chance to regrow my front hair already loss and now age only 19 :( .. thanx sarah

6th May, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Sarah

Hi Vicky, you need to speak with your doctor first. Once you have established if you are experiencing Alopecia Universalis or not then further conditions and treatment options can be explored. We cannot help you until you have seen your doctor and received their input.

6th June, 2016 at 3:00 am

Nima

Hi sarah; I'm nima from iran. i had an accident like a year ago. after 2-3 months i noticed that my hair is losing... i searched for the reason, i thought it was TE (telogen effluvium) but if it was; shouldn't it grows back in 6 months???? it's been a year since my accident. my doctor gave me some pills, finasteride, Zink plus, foliron. please sarah, help me...

7th June, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Nima, Unfortunately we are unable to treat patients based in Iran, however, this information provided by one of our hair loss specialists may be useful so that you feel informed when seeking help locally.

8th June, 2016 at 11:20 am

Nima

Thank you sarah; you helped me so much, i really appreciate that, and I'll make sure that you didn't waste your time doing it. Thank you very much.

8th June, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Sarah Belgravia

You're very welcome, Nima!

11th June, 2016 at 2:19 pm

Liki

Hello Dr. I am suffering from baldness. I am just 19years old . Is masturbutaion causes hair fall? If it is not . Then please give me the perfect solution to stop the hair fall and to regrowth of hair .please sir

12th June, 2016 at 7:24 am

Nisar

Hi Sarah Many people commented on ur article bt I noticed that many of them losing hairs and they r the people who daily masturbate. So what can u say for this.

14th June, 2016 at 11:19 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Nisar, there are also likely to be many other things these people commenting have in common, including a genetic propensity to hair loss. The people commenting here are undoubtedly just a small fraction of those who masturbate, and regardless of anecdotal tales from men linking their hair loss to masturbation, the science of genetics clearly shows that there is no link between masturbation and male pattern hair loss. Male Pattern Baldness is hereditary and is passed down through families - it can be worsened by stress, dietary imbalances, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, illnesses and many other factors, however masturbation is not one of them. That is a myth.

14th June, 2016 at 11:30 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Liki, No - masturbation does not cause hair loss. First you need to confirm the reason for your hair fall - although it is likely to be male pattern baldness, which is the most common form of hair loss in the world. After doing so an expert can recommend the best form of treatment for you. In cases of male pattern baldness, there are medically-proven hair loss treatments that can help to prevent further shedding and promote regrowth.

8th July, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Ranveer

Hello mam i am 17 year old I noticed from past 4-5 months that my hairs are falling down and then slowly I noticed that the density of my hairs is becoming very low and on my scalp i feel like dandruff is deposited on it and is covering my whole scalp but the of dandruff is brown and yellow and the size of it is very large and now i start loosing my front and sides hair and i am looking bald from front and sides please help me i tried using apple cider vinegar and also flaxseed oil

14th July, 2016 at 10:56 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ranveer, here is a full answer to your query - we hope this is helpful to you.

15th July, 2016 at 8:09 am

Lucky

Hi, I'm 18 years old and I still have baby hairs although I keep my hair at a short(er) length. I dont care about going bald much and I havent lost any substantial amounts of hair but the baby hairs I meantioned earlier are appearing to decrease or better yet very slowly recede over a time phrame of between 2 or 3 years. My question is is that receding or is my hair line coming in? By the way my forehead does not look balding yet and if a forehead is regular I have a 3 head lol. Also should I get treatement? Or in other words is this balding? Thank you for reading if you did and please reply.

15th July, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Lucky, it is hard to give you a diagnosis from what you say here alone, however it sounds as if it could just be that your hairline is maturing. This is a normal part of puberty and, although it can be more noticeable in some than others, it does not require treatment as it is simply your hairline adjusting in line with your physical changes.

21st July, 2016 at 8:54 am

Andre

Anytime I comb my hair I lose a strand or two , at the bottom of that hair there's a substance people say enough melanin couldn't get there & I feel my hair is thinning

25th July, 2016 at 9:31 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Andre, here is a full response to your query. We hope you find it useful.

26th July, 2016 at 11:18 am

zain

Hi sahrah.... i just want to ask what are reson for hair thinning...???

27th July, 2016 at 4:21 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Zain, there are many, many reasons for thinning hair. The most common cause is genetic hair loss but thinning can also be caused - and genetic hair loss can be triggered or made worse - by various lifestyle factors. These include having dietary deficiencies, smoking, drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis, not drinking enough water, not getting enough sleep and being stressed. Another common cause is having an underlying illness or starting new medication, which can cause the hair to thin and shed as a side effect. In some cases, such as with these instances of health-related hair loss, the thinning may be temporary but if it sparks off genetic hair loss, this is a permanent condition.

1st August, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Zaini

Hi Sarah,I am 21 year old girl and suffering hair loss from front head and thinning of hairs for last year I have problem of pcos too plzzzzzzzzzz tell me what to do?and which shampoo should I use

1st August, 2016 at 9:52 pm

Zaini

Hi Sarah plzzzzzzzzzz help me in have hair loss from front of my head m too much depressed

3rd August, 2016 at 10:43 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Zaini, this information should be helpful to you.

11th August, 2016 at 4:37 am

Manjunath

100% Right our Sex/ masturbatiokn is hairfall resun STOP masturbation and apply ONIONS -juse ur hairs its Regain hairs

11th August, 2016 at 9:22 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Manjunath, masturbation does not cause hair loss - equally, onions do not promote regrowth. Thinning hair is genetic - you inherit a predisposition to the condition from your parents - although it can be exacerbated by certain lifestyle factors including smoking and dietary imbalances.

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