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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 by-product of the male sex hormone, testosterone, called DHT. I hear the bells ringing in your head – ‘there’s the word sex again!’

Cue another 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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143 Comments

1st November, 2016 at 2:18 am

Liam Robertson

Honestly the only way to know is to try😛

18th November, 2016 at 1:41 am

Anas Parvez

Hi i am 19 years of age and i am suffering from male pattern baldness ..could you please recommend me the things i need to consume more now

18th November, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Anas, the only clinicially-proven way to treat male pattern baldness is by using specific products which you can find out about on our male hair loss treatments page.

1st December, 2016 at 6:36 pm

Gerald makumba

Yes, I have actually musterbated for quite a long time and am seeing the degeneration of hairs on the legs and forming of scales, no pain experienced, does it mean it is because of musterbation that I see all this happen on my legs...?

2nd December, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Gerald, as hair loss specialists we cannot comment on what is causing the scales on your legs but recommend you speak to your doctor about this. It is almost certainly not a result of masturbation.

10th December, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Abhishek sisodiya

Hi Im suffering from hair loss my forehead become wider Its start after masturbation What is the cure for this? I gap my masturbation time but hairloss will be continuosly?

12th December, 2016 at 5:51 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Abhishek, masturbation is not linked to hair loss. As per the article and previous responses, this is a myth. It sounds as if you have a receding hairline which is from the genetic condition Male Pattern Baldness which you inherit. There is no cure but it can be treated, you can find out more about treatments for a receding hairline on our website.

13th December, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Eladio Calderon

Hi I'm 18 years old been masturbating since a long time every time I get more addicted and I do it around 2-4 times a day and I seen some hair loss in the last 6 months,right after I touch my hair or wash it around 1-12 hairs come out its very sensitive can you recommend me what to do to stop this hair loss not too sure if it's the masturbation or something else no one in my family has any hair loss so I'm scared.thanks!

14th December, 2016 at 11:05 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Eladio, as you will know from this article, masturbation and hair loss are not linked. On average we lose up to 150 hairs per day as part of the natural hair growth cycle so losing 1-12 is a very small and totally normal amount. This sounds like it is nothing to worry about.

21st December, 2016 at 5:59 am

Amrit Kumar

Hi, I am 17 years old but have lost a lot of hair, from 7-8 months I have started losing hair in almost every brush !! I worried if this could be bcoz of my excessive masturbation, but after reading this article I smhw managed to believe that's it's a myth, so thank you for that !! But can't I do anything for my hair... Can't they grow back?

24th December, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Shubham

Is there a way to stop male pattern hairloss???

9th January, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shubham, it's worth reading the information on our male pattern hair loss treatment page to find out about this

12th January, 2017 at 9:57 am

Prince

Over masturbation cause hair loss.........yes are no

12th January, 2017 at 10:26 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Prince, as per the information above and the responses to the comments above yours, the answer is no.

15th January, 2017 at 8:44 pm

Nick

I am in UAE. Is there a way I can order products and I wanna know how much would the products be and charges for shipment (if there is)? Please Email me.. TY!

16th January, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Nick, we will email you details at the address provided - we absolutely do offer our hair loss treatment courses to clients in the UAE, all you need to do is complete this form for more details and personalised product recommendations.

17th January, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Amrit, everyone loses around 100 hairs per day - sometimes more - as a natural part of the hair growth cycle so it is perfectly normal to see hair in your brush every day. As you are 17 there is a possibility that any excessive hair loss could be caused by premature male pattern baldness or a temporary condition such as telogen effluvium if you are stressed, not eating or sleeping properly or if you are smoking a lot. It can also happen as a side effect of illness or medication. If all you are noticing is hairs in your brush then, at this stage, it is unlikely to be something to worry about. If it concerns you then monitor your hair for changes in thickness, overall density, any signs of thinning or receding and if these become apparent over the next 12 months then we recommend you seek a consultation. That way a hair loss specialist can assess and diagnose you and, if necessary, recommend treatments.

2nd February, 2017 at 4:56 pm

michael

I'm 18 years old and I masturbate twice a day. I lose around 10 strands of hair every day. Is this due to excessive masturbation?

3rd February, 2017 at 10:22 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Michael, it is normal to lose around 100 hairs per day so losing 10 that you notice is nothing to be concerned about. As per the information on this page, no masturbation does not cause hair loss.

6th February, 2017 at 2:51 am

Ron

Hi, I have been suffering from hair loss for a long time....No one from my mom's or dad's side has pattern baldness...However the hair on my scalp is thinning and I can see my scalp at places ....I loose around 20 strands of hair per day ....Any particular treatment for my case....I have also undergone a very stressful experience 3 months back

6th February, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ron, it is normal to lose around 100 hairs per day so 20 does not sound like anything to worry about! If you are experiencing significant hair thinning from all over your scalp this is likely to be a temporary hair loss condition called Telogen Effluvium caused by the stressful experience three months ago. This should regrow naturally in up to six months time or treatment is available to help accelerate this process. If the thinning is just on top then this is almost certainly male pattern baldness. A hair loss specialist will be able to recommend a custom treatment plan if this is the case.

8th February, 2017 at 6:19 pm

RAHAND

Hi,my hair is so thinner from forehead and it seems like is not growing like before it just happend after a long time masturbating also using some hair style products i then cutted my hair over all to growth thicker and stronger, but it mked no sense so can you help me please i dont know what to do to grow it back,please help!!?

10th February, 2017 at 5:52 am

Swaraj

Is it possible to grow back the hair i lost? Though my father is blad and i stopped smoking as i read sonwhere that snoking causes hairfall so is it possible that my hai will regrow?

10th February, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Swaraj, if your father is bald then it is likely that male pattern baldness runs in your family. It is true that smoking can accelerate this form of hair loss, however, as it is a genetic condition, it will still affect you if you have inherited the relevant active genes. If this is the case, your hair will not regrow on its own, only effective hair loss treatments are proven to do this.

1st March, 2017 at 5:37 pm

geronimo lagbas

hi. i just bought minoxidil, 5% . i used it to stop my hair loss. but on my first month. still my hair is continuously shedding. is it a good sign for a new hair growth or should i stop?

1st March, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Geronimo, this shedding after starting minoxidil is entirely normal - you can find out more about it here but if you are concerned we recommend you contact your minoxidil provider to discuss.

3rd March, 2017 at 11:30 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Rahand. Your hair thinning is unlikely to be related to either masturbation or styling products. It is far more likely to be caused by genetics given it is only affecting this one area. We suggest you have a hair loss consultation so you can receive a proper diagnosis and personalised treatment recommendations.

7th March, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Deo

I have been masterbating for seven years and recently I have noticed decreased hair on the top of my head, in our whole family no one has baldness am worried a lot, what could be my problem? or what can I do to get my hair back?

7th March, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Deo. I would recommend reading this post - this will explain why even excessive masturbation does not cause hair loss. In terms of how to regrow hair, you can find more information on this on our hair loss treatments page. I hope this is helpful.

10th March, 2017 at 7:22 pm

Joseph

Hi I'm 26yrs age. I've been mastrobating for more than 10 years. Now I'm suffering with hair loss Including beard. Please give me your valuable advice to set the problem. And Is the hair loss "an effect of mastrobation"?

13th March, 2017 at 11:24 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Joseph, as per the article above hair loss and masturbation are not linked. 26 is a common age at which male pattern baldness can set in, regardless of whether you masturbate or not. You can find out more about how to deal with this on our hair loss treatments page.

14th March, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Cash

Hi, i'm taking finasteride pill once per day as my doctor has prescripted for treatment of my hair loss, should i control my sexual activities or is there any link between these two?

15th March, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Cash. As you are not a patient of Belgravia's and your finasteride was not prescribed by us, you need to speak to whomever prescribed this for you for medical advice.

15th March, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Joseph

Is "alopecia" the only reason for beard(shave) loss? Or any other problem will cause it? I'm losing my beard While face wash and bath. Hair on head became thinner and falling. Your advice will help me a lot. Thank you.

15th March, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Joseph, we only deal with scalp hair loss so we recommend you speak to your doctor or dermatologist in order to get advice on your beard hair loss. Best of luck.

24th March, 2017 at 3:18 am

winry esforty

I noticed most of the comments here are from people having excessive masturbation and experiencing hair loss.

24th March, 2017 at 11:10 pm

ahmed

Hi ma'am.. i am 18 years old and i am suffering from white hairs since 2 years.. there r 50% white hairs on my head.. please tell me that what should i do and what is the actually cause of white hairs? Is there any treatment of white hairs?

27th March, 2017 at 9:42 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ahmed, we specialise in dealing with hair loss issues - hair colour is not something we deal with unfortunately, you would need to see your hairdresser about dying your hair if you want to cover the grey. Some people do develop grey hair prematurely, especially if they smoke, but there is currently no way of reversing it.

3rd April, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Winry. That may well be true but what it doesn't show is what else they have in common - such as a genetic predisposition to male pattern baldness, something that affects a large percentage of the male population worldwide. Also, if you count how many men have commented here, then compare it to how many men masturbate, you'll find that it's a very, very small percentage!

19th April, 2017 at 6:08 am

jason

Hi everyone! do u have any recommendation/suggestion for hair loss problem? I've been using a lot of treatment for hair loss, but none of all that i used help me. thank you in advance.

19th April, 2017 at 11:01 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Jason. First you will need to have the cause of your hair loss diagnosed. Once a specialist has assessed you and provided a diagnosis of your hair loss condition they can then offer recommendations for a personalised hair loss treatment course, where appropriate. You can find out more general information on our hair loss treatments page.

19th April, 2017 at 8:06 pm

kaif

I do masturbate. 3/4 time in a week..i suffer from hairloos and also my hair isn't growing much like before ..is this conected with masturbate....? Im so scared plzz help me plzzz ..my hair much fall in a day..

20th April, 2017 at 10:56 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Kaif, it is not the masturbation that is causing hair loss, try looking at other causes such as diet, stress, an underlying illness or smoking as well as the possibility of it being genetic and inherited Male Pattern Baldness. This is the most common cause of hair thinning worldwide and can occur any time following puberty in genetically-predisposed individuals.

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