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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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165 Comments

19th June, 2017 at 11:00 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Humendra, as per the article above, no - masturbation has nothing to do with hair loss and has no effect.

22nd June, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Scott

Good info

3rd July, 2017 at 4:04 pm

scott jessica

good info

11th July, 2017 at 6:25 pm

scott jessica

good article

8th August, 2017 at 3:18 pm

scott jessica

good

26th November, 2017 at 9:13 am

stoken

good article

28th December, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Bob Dillon

If it is not a DHT hormone sensitivity explain to me why eunuchs never lose their hair.

2nd January, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Bob, there is no reliable scientific evidence that states eunuchs do not lose their hair.

20th January, 2018 at 5:30 pm

dave

So its proven scientifically that masturbation has no effect on hair?

23rd January, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Dave, there have not been any clinical trials into this but medical evidence heavily suggests there is no direct link between masturbation and hair loss.

23rd January, 2018 at 4:21 pm

sunny

Thanks 4 telling this.I'm confused about that.now it's clear

17th April, 2018 at 4:33 am

Blondie

So if T converting into DHT, and thus DHT sensitivity due to genes is possibly to blame for balding in men... if one was to take Finasteride, this would stop that in its tracks, right ?

17th April, 2018 at 10:30 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Blondie, finasteride 1mg is known to be a DHT blocker, yes, though it is only suitable for men who are aged 18 and over who have been medically approved.

1st May, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Geronimo

Hi my doctor prescribe me a 1mg finasteride tablet take once a day and finasteride trichogen lotion applying it on my thinning area after i apply minoxidil 30 mins interval to the finasteride lotion. Is it ok?

3rd May, 2018 at 10:34 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Geronimo, finasteride lotion is not clinically-proven nor legal for hair loss treatment in the UK. As you are not a Belgravia Centre client we cannot provide you with personalised medical advice regarding what your doctor has already prescribed you. If you need more information on the products they have provided you with, you should speak to your doctor. If you would like a second opinion on which treatments are best, however, please arrange a consultation with one of our specialists, either in person at one of our City of London or Central London hair loss clinics or online, using the Online Consultation form on this website. Many thanks

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