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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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18 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

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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.

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