Semen Retention and Science – What do people really go through when they quit porn? (Popular 2021 Scientific Paper reveals the answer)

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This study explores the question whether

abstaining from pornography, masturbation, and orgasm (PMO)

could be a potential solution to

problematic pornography use.

Pornography Consumption – A Worldwide Phenomenon

76% of men and 41% of women in Australia reported using pornography within the past year (Rissel et al., 2017)

Percentage of People Using Pornography

and that 47% of men and 16% of women in the U.S. reported using pornography at a monthly or greater frequency (Grubbs, Kraus & Perry, 2019a)

PornHub (one of the largest pornography websites) reported in their annual review that they received 42 billion visits in 2019

with a daily average of 115 million visits a day (Pornhub.com, 2019).

The psychologists, David H. Fernandez and his colleagues from Northwood Trent University have pointed the readers attention citing in their scientific paper a study done in Australia in 2017 with the data summarized in the chart above.

The Participant’s perceived problems

The following problems are starting to appear to scientifically link up with PPU, which is an abreviation for Problematic Pornography Use.

It is used in the Scientific Community for abreviation.

Perceived Addiction to PornographySexual Difficulty
Perceived addiction to pornographyErectile difficulties
Negative consequencesDecreased desire for partnered sexual activity
Impaired controlDecreased sexual satisfaction
PreoccupationReliance on pornographic fantasies during sex with a partner
CravingPornography-induced erectile dysfunction (PIED)
Use as a dysfunctional coping mechanismPornography-induced abnormally low libido
Withdrawallow sexual desire during partnered sex
Tolerancedifficulty achieving orgasm during partnered sex
Distress about use
Functional impairment
Continued use despite negative consequences
(Bronner & Ben-Zion, 2014), (Park et al., 2016; Porto, 2016), (Porto, 2016)

Therefore a group of 104 male members of the forum rebootnation.com were selected by a range of scientific criteria, including

distribution of age group

ethical concerns

statistical validity etc

to try out whether abstaining from PMO could help them.

The Present Study

So the Psychologists set out to answer the question whether their scientifically gathered data would show statistically significant benefits of abstaining from pornography.

Especially if the participants were dealing with PPU, that means Problematic Pornography Use.

The study found four main themes in the abstinence journals

Imagine this: you would abstain for a period of, let´s say 30 days,

albeit 7 Days was the minimum requirement for this study,

and write down each day how you are progressing and what is going on.

A pretty interesting process.

A lot of the 23.000 active members of rebootnation.com found documenting their abstinence helpful,

since more experienced members and others who are doing this for the first time, can comment and interact.

  1. The individuals believe that abstaining from pornography is the solution to problems they associate with its use.
  2. They often find it very difficult to abstain due to habitual behavior patterns and cravings triggered by various cues for pornography use.
  3. They believe that with the right resources, such as cognitive-behavioral strategies and social support, abstinence is achievable.
  4. If they persist with abstinence, they find it rewarding and beneficial.

The main reasons these individuals decided to “reboot” were to overcome what they perceived as an addiction to pornography

and to alleviate negative consequences they attributed to its use, particularly sexual difficulties.

The study suggests that abstaining from pornography could potentially be a beneficial intervention for problematic pornography use.

However, more research is needed to confirm these findings and to rigorously evaluate abstinence as an intervention.

In terms of visualizing the impact of the paper, 205k views suggest that it has attracted significant attention.

This could be interpreted as an indication that the topic is of high relevance and interest to psychologists and other professionals in related fields.

However, views alone do not necessarily equate to endorsement or agreement with the paper’s findings.

It’s also worth noting that the paper has been cited 16 times, which suggests that it has influenced further research in this area.

This visualization helps to understand the occurance of each theme among the participants.

It shows that the majority of participants view abstinence as the solution to their pornography-related problems

and a significant number believe that with the right resources, abstinence is achievable.

However, it also highlights the challenges faced in the process, with many participants finding abstinence seemingly impossible at times.

Despite these challenges, a substantial number of participants find abstinence rewarding if persisted with.

  1. “Abstinence is the solution to pornography-related problems”
  2. “Sometimes abstinence seems impossible”
  3. “Abstinence is achievable with the right resources”
  4. “Abstinence is rewarding if persisted with”

Scientific Description of the Perceived Problems, hence the term PPU Problematic Pornography Use has been coined.

Problem Problem
Addiction-related symptomatologyImpaired control
PreoccupationCraving
Use as a dysfunctional coping mechanismWithdrawal
ToleranceDistress about use
Functional impairmentContinued use despite negative consequences

These are the perceived sexual problems that a lot of the participants were dealing with due to Problematic Pornography Use.

ProblemProblem
Erectile difficultiesDecreased desire for partnered sexual activity
Decreased sexual satisfactionReliance on pornographic fantasies during sex with a partner
Pornography-induced erectile dysfunction (PIED)Pornography-induced abnormally low libido

The Team of Psychologists from Northwood Trent did, in my personal opinion, a great job of interpreting this data cautiously, although it seems to be very convincingly in favor of giving up pornography, atleast when it is problematic.

But as Scientists, and we from semenretentionpractice.com aspire to this standard, too, you ought to be careful with assumptions and reading things into data out of zeal and excitement for the topic.


Are you thinking about practicing Semen Retention?

It can be summarized so far that if you are considering your pornography consumption problematic, you should try abstinence for a period of at least 7 Days.

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Hence the following study.

After digesting the Scientific Paper, the motivation for the present study became clear.

As they write in the paper “Some limited prior research has suggested that there may be benefits to abstaining from pornography”.

But there are a few that the study mentions:

StudyDuration of AbstinencePositive Effects
Fernandez, Kuss, & Griffiths, 20202-3 weeksInsight into compulsive patterns in one’s own behavior
Lambert, Negash, Stillman, Olmstead, & Fincham, 20122-3 weeksGreater relationship commitment
Negash, Sheppard, Lambert, & Fincham, 20162-3 weeksLess delay discounting (preference for immediate smaller rewards over larger, later rewards)

The research highlights the growing “rebooting” movement, where individuals use online forums to abstain from pornography, aiming to restore their brains to pre-pornography conditions.

The motivation for this abstinence is driven by perceived addiction, social impact, and negative consequences, including decreased genital sensitivity and dyscontrol.

Table 1: Motivations for Abstinence

MotivationSource
Desire for sexual purityDiefendorf, 2015
Perception of addiction and negative consequencesCavaglion, 2009
Perceived social impact of masturbationZimmer & Imhoff, 2020
Perception of masturbation as unhealthyZimmer & Imhoff, 2020
Decreased genital sensitivityZimmer & Imhoff, 2020
Dyscontrol (aspect of hypersexual behavior)Zimmer & Imhoff, 2020

Mutual support within these groups is seen as crucial for maintaining abstinence, according to the Researchers.

So please find an Accountability Partner or a friend to support you in this.

We know from experience how valuable support is in successfully abstaining and overcoming problematic pornography use.

Table 2: The “Rebooting” Movement

YearNumber of Members (NoFap)
2014116,000
2020Over 500,000

The subreddit r/NoFap, a major “rebooting” forum, has grown from

116,000 members in 2014

to over 500,000 in 2020.

The Psychologists point us towards these numbers to show that although there is little research, the groups where individuals share and attempt to help each other are growing in popularity.

In fact there were only two recent studies done using data from online forums:

One study found that about 3.43% of the posts discussed Pornography-Induced Erectile Dysfunction (PIED). (Vanmali, Osadchiy, Shahinyan, Mills, & Eleswarapu, 2020

A second study by Taylor and Jackson (2018) analyzed posts on r/NoFap, but it focused more on how members talked about masculinity and the need for “real sex” as reasons to quit pornography and masturbation.

While this study provides insights into members’ attitudes, there’s also a need for studies that focus more on members’ personal experiences and perspectives.

Hence the current study

This study is the first to focus on personal experiences of members of a “rebooting” forum, analyzing 104 journals to understand their motivations and experiences of abstaining from pornography.

This new perspective can help develop effective ways to overcome Problematc Pornography Use.

Which Questions did the Researchers try to answer?

Table: Research Questions and Potential Benefits

Research QuestionsPotential Benefits
What motivates members to abstain from pornography?Inform clinical understanding of problematic pornography use (PPU)
What is the abstinence experience like for members?Guide development of effective treatments for PPU
How do members make sense of their experiences?Inform understanding of abstinence as an intervention for PPU

How did they go about it?

The researchers familiarized themselves with the “rebooting” forum by reading through 104 threads from 2019.

These threads, started by members as personal journals, provide rich insights into their experiences and perceptions of abstaining from pornography.

This unobtrusive method allowed for naturalistic observation without researcher influence.

This means that the data was gathered without any psychologist being present, which should grant more honest responses.

Table: Research Methodology

StepDescription
FamiliarizationResearchers read through 104 threads from 2019
Data SourcePersonal journals started by forum members
AdvantageNaturalistic observation without researcher influence

Which Participants were chosen?

The researchers analyzed journals

of male forum members aged 18 and above,

focusing on those with detailed experiences of abstinence lasting

7 days to 12 months.

They screened 326 threads

and selected 104 journals, ensuring a balanced age representation.

Table: Research Methodology and Findings

CriteriaDescription
AgeMale forum members aged 18 and above
Abstinence Duration7 days to 12 months
Journals Screened326 threads
Journals Selected104 journals
Addiction to PornographyReported by 80 members
Sexual DifficultyReported by 49 members
Both Addiction and Sexual DifficultyReported by 32 members

Was the Study conducted ethically?

The study was approved by the university’s ethics committee.

It was conducted on a public online forum, Reboot Nation, and did not require individual consent.

To protect privacy, all usernames were anonymized.

Table: Ethical Considerations

ConsiderationDescription
Ethics ApprovalObtained from the university’s ethics committee
Data SourcePublic online forum (Reboot Nation)
ConsentNot required from individual members
Privacy ProtectionUsernames anonymized

What were the Participants Goals to abstain?

The study found that most members aimed to abstain from both pornography and masturbation.

However, they didn’t specify a time frame for their abstinence goals, making it unclear if the intention was temporary or permanent.

Table: Abstinence Goals

GoalNumber of Members
Abstain from pornography, masturbation, and orgasm43
Abstain from pornography and masturbation47
Abstain from pornography only14

The Majority of Participants clearly stated…

that they want to quit masturbation alltogether.

What counts as Abstinence?

The study inferred that most abstinence attempts lasted between 7 and 30 days.

Table: Duration of Abstinence Attempts

DurationPercentage of Members
7-30 days52.0%

However, these durations only reflect the period recorded in the journals, not the total abstinence period.

Members could have continued with the abstinence attempt, but stopped posting in their journals.

The Findings, Discussions and Implications of this Study

The Psychologists evaluated the entries in the journals by statistical method to see which patterns emerged.

Think of these “themes” as they are referred to in the study, as major groups of problems that seem to be similar across culture(s) among men in relation to their problematic pornography consumption.

Reason for Quitting PornNumber of ParticipantsExample Quote
Feeling Addicted73“I’m 43 now and I’m addicted to porn. I think the moment to escape from this horrible addiction has arrived” [Participant 098, 43 years]
Experiencing Sexual Problems44“I notice how I lacked enthusiasm for the body of the other…I have conditioned myself to enjoy sex with the laptop” [Participant 083, 45 years]
Facing Negative Mental and Social Effects31“I know it has tremendous negative effects on my concentration, motivation, self-esteem, energy level” [Participant 050, 33 years]
Moral Disapproval4“I am leaving porn because this shit is disgusting. Girls are being raped and tortured and used as fuck objects in this shit” [Participant 008, 18 years]

We have discussed these themes previously in this article.

But it is important to reiterate the major findings, since this is reiterated by the psychologists themselves to point the readers attention to these themes.

The authors of the study chose these quotes to give the reader an understanding of what the participants were going through in their pursuit of abstinence of what they felt is harming their Life.

QuoteSource
“I’m trying to stop but it is so hard I feel that there is something pushing me to porn”[005, 18 years]
“I don’t really feel anything anymore when watching porn. It is sad that even porn has become so unexciting and unstimulating”[045, 34 years]
“I hate that I don’t have the strength to JUST STOP…I hate that I have been powerless against porn and I want to regain and assert my power”[087, 42 years]
“(PMO)…makes me less interested and friendly to people, more self-absorbed, gives me social anxiety and makes me just not care about anything really, other than staying home alone and jerking off to porn”[050, 33 years]

Does Abstaining from Pornography really rewire the Brain for the better?

The study found that some members of the forum believed that abstaining from pornography could “rewire” their brains,

reversing the negative effects of pornography use.

This belief was often influenced by resources like Gary Wilson’s book “Your Brain on Porn” and his TEDx talk, “The Great Porn Experiment”.

QuoteSource
“I know I have to abstain in order to let my pathways heal and settle my brain”[095, 40s]
“Brain plasticity is the real saving process that will rewire our brain”[036, 36 years]
“The book Your Brain on Porn by Gary Wilson…introduced me to the idea of a reboot, this forum and really explained some things I did not know”[061, 31 years]
“I watched THE GREAT PORN EXPERIMENT yesterday, very interesting and informative”[104, 52 years]

Can I still do it once in a while and still get the benefits?

The study reveals that many participants, who identified as being addicted to pornography, viewed total abstinence as the only viable path to recovery.

This belief stemmed from the fear that any exposure to explicit content could reactivate addiction-related neural pathways,

leading to cravings and potential relapse.

The participants felt that moderation was not a feasible strategy, and quitting completely was necessary for success.

Key PointQuote from Participant
Belief in total abstinence as the only recovery path“I need to completely stop watching porn and any explicit material for that matter because whenever I watch any nsfw [not safe for work] content a pathway is created in my brain and when I get urges my brain automatically forces me to watch porn. Therefore, quitting p and m cold turkey is the only way to recover from this shit.” (008, 18 years)

Was it easy for the Participants?

The study highlights the significant challenges participants faced in maintaining abstinence from pornography, with some even perceiving it as an impossible task.

Three main factors contributing to this difficulty were navigating sexuality, inescapable cues for pornography use, and the insidious relapse process.

Key PointQuote from Participant
Difficulty in maintaining abstinence“I am back on Struggle St., after a whole bunch of relapses. I am not sure how to successfully quit, sometimes it seems impossible.” (040, 30s)

This really shows you the need of a good support community to help you, as the scientists have mentioned previously.

Did the Participants Crave Sex while abstaining?

The study reveals the struggle participants faced in navigating their sexuality during the “reboot” process.

Decisions about acceptable sexual activity, dealing with the “chaser effect” after sexual activity, and experiencing a “flatline” or loss of libido were key challenges.

The goal for many was to establish a “healthy sexuality” without pornography.

Key PointQuote from Participant
Defining healthy sexuality“The long-term goal was not to eliminate sexual activity altogether, but to redefine and learn a new ‘healthy sexuality’ without pornography.” (033, 25 years)
The “chaser effect”“The ‘chaser effect’ refers to strong cravings to PMO that arise after sexual activity.” (Deem, 2014a)
The “flatline” effect“Close to one-third of members reported that instead of experiencing increased sexual desire, they experienced diminished sexual desire during abstinence, which they called the ‘flatline’.” (056, 30s)

Did the Participants get triggered a lot?

Key TriggerQuote from Participant
Gym“Seeing sexually attractive people in real life was also a trigger for some members (e.g., “I also quit the gym I was going to today as there’s way too much to look at there via woman in them tight yoga pants” [072, 57 years]).”
Alone in the bedroom“The fact that members often accessed pornography while alone in their bedroom meant that their default immediate environment was already a cue for pornography use (e.g., “just lying in bed when I wake up and have nothing to do is a serious trigger” [021, 24 years]).”
Alone in the bedroom“Because members had previously often relied on pornography use to regulate negative affect, uncomfortable emotions appeared to have become a conditioned cue for pornography use.”
Strong Physical sensations“Negative affective or physical states that were interpreted as being (possible) “withdrawal symptoms” included depression, mood swings, anxiety, “brain fog,” fatigue, headache, insomnia, restlessness, loneliness, frustration, irritability, stress, and decreased motivation.”
Negative emotions“Regardless of the source of these negative emotions (i.e., withdrawal, negative life events, or heightened preexisting emotional states), it appeared to be very challenging for members to cope with negative affect during abstinence without resorting to pornography to self-medicate these negative feelings.”

The study highlights the difficulty participants faced due to the inescapability of cues triggering pornography use.

These cues, both external (like electronic media and real-life encounters) and internal (negative emotional states), made abstaining from pornography challenging.

The presence of these triggers everywhere, coupled with the participants’ previous reliance on pornography for feeling better, intensified the struggle.

Key PointQuote from Participant
External cues“Dating sites, Instagram, Facebook, movies/TV, YouTube, online ads all can trigger relapses for me.” (050, 33 years)
Internal cues“Because members had previously often relied on pornography use to regulate negative affect, uncomfortable emotions appeared to have become a conditioned cue for pornography use.”
Coping with negative emotions“It appeared to be very challenging for members to cope with negative affect during abstinence without resorting to pornography to self-medicate these negative feelings.”

Did the Participants Relapse or succeed in abstaining?


Over half of the study participants experienced at least one relapse during their attempt to abstain from pornography.

Relapses were often triggered by strong cravings or occurred automatically, even without cravings.

QuoteSource
“I had incredible strong urges to watch porn, and I found myself arguing with my own brain on the tune of: “this could be last time…,” “come on, do you think that just a small peek would be so bad,” “just today, and from tomorrow I stop again,” “I have to stop this pain, and there is only one way how to do that”…so basically, in the afternoon I managed to work very little, and instead I fought the urges continuously.”(089, 42 years)
“it’s like I’m in autopilot or somethin’. I just stood there watching myself from the outside, like I’m dead, like I have no control whatsoever”(034, 22 years)

With the right resources overcoming pornography is possible.

Despite the challenges of abstinence, many members found it achievable with the right resources.

Social support, particularly from the online forum,

and barriers to pornography access, such as content-blocking applications and device restrictions,

were key external resources aiding in maintaining abstinence.

QuoteSource
“Seeing other journals and other posts motivate me and make me feel like I’m not alone”(032, 28 years)
“The public oath and the public commitment is what is different now. Accountability. That was the element missing in the last 30 years”(089, 42 years)
“I want to reinstall K9 web-blocker. I can bypass it, but it still serves as a reminder”(100, 40 years)

What did the Successful Participants do differently?

Members utilized various internal resources, including cognitive-behavioral strategies, to aid in their abstinence.

These strategies ranged from daily behavioral changes to cognitive techniques such as

mindfulness and reframing thoughts.

Persisting with abstinence was found to be rewarding,

with members reporting increased control over their lives and improvements in psychological, social, and sexual functioning.

QuoteSource
“Tonight I was feeling extremely horny. So I took a very cold shower at 10 pm in very cold weather and boom! The urges are gone”(008, 18 years)
“I think I need to find a different strategy than, ‘don’t think about PMO, don’t think about PMO, don’t think about PMO.’ That makes me crazy and gets me to thinking about PMO”(099, 46 years)
“My porn desires are way down and it is way easier to fight my urges. I find I hardly think about it at all now. I am so pleased that this reboot has had the effect on me I wanted so badly”(061, 31 years)
“It seems I’ve developed good self-control to avoid pornographic material”(004, 18 years)

Did the Participants feel better after abstaining?

Abstinence from pornography led to various positive cognitive-affective and physical effects for many members.

These included improved mood, increased energy, mental clarity, and enhanced emotional experiences.

Positive effects on social relationships and sexual functioning were also reported, with some members experiencing increased sociability, improved relationship quality, and enhanced sexual sensitivity and responsiveness.

BenefitExample Quote
Improved day-to-day functioning“No porn, no masturbation and I had more energy, more mental clarity, more happiness, less tiredness” (024, 21 years)
Enhanced emotional experiences“I just ‘feel’ on a deeper level. with work, friends, past times, there have been waves of emotions, good & bad, but it’s a great thing” (019, 26 years)
Improved social relationships“I am feeling closer to my wife than I have in a long time” (069, 30s)
Increased desire for partnered sex“I was so horny but the good thing was that I was horny for sexual experience with another human being. Not interested in porn induced orgasm” (083, 45 years)
Improved erectile function“It was only about a 60% erection, but what was important is that it was there” (076, 52 years)
Enhanced sexual pleasure“I had two times (Saturday and Wednesday) the best sex in four years” (062, 37 years)
Life Improving Effects of Abstinence from Pornography
Greater relationship commitment
Less delay discounting (better able to go for long term goals instead of short term pleasure)
Insight into compulsive patterns in one’s own behavior
Relief of low sexual desire during partnered sex
Relief of erectile dysfunction
Relief of difficulty achieving orgasm during partnered sex

The End of The Data Findings from this Study

This is the official end of the Findings of the Study analyzing online forum posts about quitting pornography.

The Psychologists summarize and restate once more that according to their data, the study found that:

members believe quitting solves porn-related issues,

but it can be tough.

With the right support,

quitting is possible and rewarding.

The study reveal furthermore that people´s motivations to try to quit pornography are:

perceived addiction,

sexual difficulties,

and negative psychological and social impacts.

With the fourth, less influential motivation being that it is morally wrong.

According to the journals, the participants were convinced,

that abstinence can reverse the negative effects of porn.

Their motivations are influenced by neuroscience concepts and the online “rebooting” community culture.

People also Ask:


1. How Does Semen Retention Work?

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2. Is it healthy to hold in semen?

Medical News Today states that semen retention refers to the practice of avoiding ejaculation. Proponents suggest that it has many potential benefits.

Semen retention refers to the practice of avoiding ejaculation. Proponents suggest that it has many potential benefits.” – Medical News Today


3. What Is Semen Retention and Are There Benefits?

Ro.co explains that semen retention is the practice of not ejaculating. It’s not the same as abstinence, though. Many men who practice semen retention report various benefits.

Semen retention is the practice of not ejaculating. It’s not the same as abstinence, though. Many men who practice semen retention report various benefits.” – Ro.co


4. Are there benefits of not ejaculating and practicing semen retention?

Premier Men’s Medical Center mentions that many men who have practiced semen retention have reported greater overall happiness and satisfaction in their lives.

Many men who have practiced semen retention have reported greater overall happiness and satisfaction in their lives.” – Premier Men’s Medical Center


5. Is semen retention healthy?

Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists note that some also believe that semen retention can boost fertility by improving sperm quality or raising testosterone levels.

Some also believe that semen retention can boost fertility by improving sperm quality or raising testosterone levels.” – Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists


6. What are the proven benefits of semen retention?

BlockerX states that by practicing retention of semen the testosterone will increase. This will also balance hormones, leading to better overall well-being.

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7. Is semen retention a myth?

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Semen retention involves either abstaining from sexual activity altogether or using strategies to stop ejaculation right before it occurs.” – Insider


8. What is the difference between semen retention and abstinence?

Ro.co explains that semen retention is the practice of not ejaculating, which is not the same as abstinence. Many men who practice semen retention report various benefits.

Semen retention is the practice of not ejaculating. It’s not the same as abstinence, though. Many men who practice semen retention report various benefits.” – Ro.co


9. What are the benefits of not ejaculating and practicing semen retention?

Premier Men’s Medical Center mentions that many men who have practiced semen retention have reported greater overall happiness and satisfaction in their lives.

Many men who have practiced semen retention have reported greater overall happiness and satisfaction in their lives.” – Premier Men’s Medical Center


Can semen retention boost fertility?

Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists note that some believe that semen retention can boost fertility by improving sperm quality or raising testosterone levels.

Some believe that semen retention can boost fertility by improving sperm quality or raising testosterone levels.” – Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists


What are the proven benefits of semen retention?

BlockerX states that by practicing retention of semen the testosterone will increase. This will also balance hormones, leading to better overall well-being.

By practicing retention of semen the testosterone will increase. This will also balance hormones, leading to better overall well-being.” – BlockerX


What are the benefits and dangers of semen retention?

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What are the benefits of not ejaculating for 30 days?

Healthline explains that semen retention is the practice of avoiding ejaculation. You can do this by abstaining from sexual activity altogether.

“Semen retention is the practice of avoiding ejaculation. You can do this by abstaining from sexual activity altogether.” – Healthline


What are the benefits of not ejaculating for a year?

Men’s Health mentions that semen retention is the practice of withdrawing from ejaculation for days, weeks, or months at a time.

Semen retention is the practice of withdrawing from ejaculation for days, weeks, or months at a time.” – Men’s Health


Frequently Asked Questions about Semen Retention


What happens if a man goes a year without ejaculating?

The effects of not ejaculating for a year can vary greatly from person to person. Some men may experience changes in sexual function, while others may not notice any significant effects.

Having not ejaculated for three years, this user claims that all of his symptoms, which included gastrointestinal issues, bloating, light sensitivity, inability to be productive, intense fatigue, lack of ambition, depression, anger outbursts, and about a dozen more, are now gone.” – Men’s Health


Can an older man have wet dreams?

Yes, men of all ages can experience nocturnal emissions, or “wet dreams.” However, they are more common during puberty.

Men can continue to produce sperm throughout their lives. However, the quality and quantity of the sperm that is produced can vary as men age. Some men may choose to practice semen retention as they get older, but it’s not a requirement.” – Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists


What happens if you stop ejaculating for 30 days?

Some individuals report increased energy levels, improved focus, and heightened spiritual awareness after practicing semen retention for 30 days. However, these benefits can vary greatly from person to person.

While there is still a strong need for more research in this area, the bulk of published studies have revolved around the physical benefits of not ejaculating. Unsurprisingly, many of these effects are correlated again with higher levels of testosterone. Things like increases in mood and energy along with decreases in body fat are the same kind of results one might expect from more T.” – Premier Men’s Medical Center


What does not ejaculating for a month do?

The effects of not ejaculating for a month can vary greatly from person to person. Some individuals report physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits, while others may not notice any significant effects.

The longer one doesn’t ejaculate, the more positive the results. The benefits of not ejaculating for a week were explored in 2003. It was found that among the 28 volunteer participants, T levels maxed out on the seventh day. A study conducted two years prior resulted in elevated testosterone levels in those who did not ejaculate for three weeks straight. This all points to the physiological benefits manifesting quite quickly.” – Premier Men’s Medical Center


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Is it good to retain semen?

Semen retention, or the practice of avoiding ejaculation, has been practiced for centuries and is often associated with increased energy, focus, and spiritual awareness. However, the benefits can vary greatly from person to person.

While it may seem like just one more online fad, the concept of semen retention (essentially avoiding ejaculation) is nothing new. The ancient Chinese philosophy known as Taoism taught that sexual self-control was a way of maintaining and increasing one’s life force and that ejaculation actually depletes it. Many of the practices men employ to achieve semen retention, such as edging and retrograde ejaculation, come directly from Taoist teachings.” – Ro.co

Please note that while some individuals report benefits from semen retention, these experiences are subjective and can vary greatly. There is currently limited scientific evidence supporting the claimed benefits of semen retention. As always, it’s important to do what feels right for your body and consult with a healthcare provider if you have any concerns.


What happens if a man goes a year without ejaculating?

The effects of not ejaculating for a year can vary greatly from person to person. Some men may experience changes in sexual function, while others may not notice any significant effects.

“Having not ejaculated for three years, this user claims that all of his symptoms, which included gastrointestinal issues, bloating, light sensitivity, inability to be productive, intense fatigue, lack of ambition, depression, anger outbursts, and about a dozen more, are now gone.” – Men’s Health


Can an older man have wet dreams?

Yes, men of all ages can experience nocturnal emissions, or “wet dreams.” However, they are more common during puberty.

Men can continue to produce sperm throughout their lives. However, the quality and quantity of the sperm that is produced can vary as men age. Some men may choose to practice semen retention as they get older, but it’s not a requirement.” – Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists


What happens if you stop ejaculating for 30 days?

Some individuals report increased energy levels, improved focus, and heightened spiritual awareness after practicing semen retention for 30 days. However, these benefits can vary greatly from person to person.

While there is still a strong need for more research in this area, the bulk of published studies have revolved around the physical benefits of not ejaculating. Unsurprisingly, many of these effects are correlated again with higher levels of testosterone. Things like increases in mood and energy along with decreases in body fat are the same kind of results one might expect from more T.” – Premier Men’s Medical Center


What does not ejaculating for a month do?

The effects of not ejaculating for a month can vary greatly from person to person. Some individuals report physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits, while others may not notice any significant effects.

The longer one doesn’t ejaculate, the more positive the results. The benefits of not ejaculating for a week were explored in 2003. It was found that among the 28 volunteer participants, T levels maxed out on the seventh day. A study conducted two years prior resulted in elevated testosterone levels in those who did not ejaculate for three weeks straight. This all points to the physiological benefits manifesting quite quickly.” – Premier Men’s Medical Center


Is it good to retain semen?

Semen retention, or the practice of avoiding ejaculation, has been practiced for centuries and is often associated with increased energy, focus, and spiritual awareness. However, the benefits can vary greatly from person to person.


What happens if a man releases sperm daily?

Daily sperm release, whether through sexual activity or masturbation, is generally considered normal and healthy. However, some individuals may choose to practice semen retention for various reasons.

Ejaculating from masturbation doesn’t have any noticeable, direct effects on serum T levels, however. This means that T levels don’t get lower the more you masturbate, a common myth. It also doesn’t get higher the longer you abstain. There’s no evidence of any long-term effects on T levels from either ejaculating or abstaining.” – Healthline


At what age do men stop ejaculating?

Men can continue to ejaculate throughout their lives. However, factors like age and health can impact sexual function and ejaculation.

Men can continue to produce sperm throughout their lives. However, the quality and quantity of the sperm that is produced can vary as men age. Some men may choose to practice semen retention as they get older, but it’s not a requirement.” – Ro.co


How long does it take for sperm to refill?

Sperm production, also known as spermatogenesis, is a continuous process that takes place in the testicles. It takes about 64 to 72 days for sperm to mature.

Sperm production, or spermatogenesis, does take place continually, but a full sperm regeneration cycle, called spermatogenesis, takes about 64 to 72 days.” – Medical News Today


Can guys control how fast they come?

With practice, some men can gain better control over their sexual response and ejaculation. Techniques like mindfulness, meditation, and pelvic floor exercises can help.

By practicing semen retention, men can become much more familiar with their bodies and their sexual energy. This can help them last longer during sex, and it can also help them become more in tune with their partner’s body and energy.” – Premier Men’s Medical Center


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What happens to sperm if there is no ejaculation?

When ejaculation does not occur, the sperm that’s not ejaculated simply sits in storage in the epididymis, a structure in the testes, or in the ejaculatory duct. Eventually, it dies and is reabsorbed by the body. This doesn’t really have an effect — positive or negative — on your overall health.

Sperm that’s not ejaculated simply sits in “storage” the epididymis, a structure in the testes, or in the ejaculatory duct. Eventually, it dies and is reabsorbed by the body. This doesn’t really have an effect — positive or negative — on your overall health.” – Legacy


Are there any risks with semen retention?

For the most part, semen retention is a safe practice, but there are a few things to consider. For some, it might be painful or uncomfortable to abstain from ejaculation or lead to epididymal hypertension [also known as “blue balls”], which is a mild condition in which the testicles ache from arousal without orgasm.

For the most part, semen retention is a safe practice, but there are a few things to consider. It’s important to note that, while many practitioners feel greatly improved by the practice, a positive experience won’t be true for everyone. For some, it might be painful or uncomfortable to abstain from ejaculation or lead to epididymal hypertension [also known as “blue balls”], which is a mild condition in which the testicles ache from arousal without orgasm.” – Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists

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