There's A Terrible Rumour That Masturbation Causes Hair Loss | Men's Health Magazine Australia

Wait… Does Masturbation Really Cause Hair Loss?

You might already know that hair loss can be genetic (thanks to your Mum’s Dad) or due to hormonal disruptions—but have you ever heard the one about masturbation causing hair loss? There are a couple of internet theories and urban legends out there. Some say that since cum contains protein, ejaculation causes loss of protein which, in turn, […]

You might already know that hair loss can be genetic (thanks to your Mum’s Dad) or due to hormonal disruptions—but have you ever heard the one about masturbation causing hair loss?

There are a couple of internet theories and urban legends out there. Some say that since cum contains protein, ejaculation causes loss of protein which, in turn, leads to hair loss. Others say that masturbation increases the hormone DHT which is responsible for male-pattern baldness.

A lot of these ideas center around guys…so you may be wondering if you’re on your way to a bald existence. Could your solo seshes damage your beautiful head of hair???

Dr. Mona Gohara, dermatologist at Advanced DermCare and associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine has some serious thoughts on this one.

Okay, could masturbation really cause hair loss?

“There is no scientific correlation between masturbation and hair loss,” Gohara says. “We know this because, let’s face it, a lot of people would be walking around bald.”

Also notable? Sex and ejaculation in general has no negative impact on your hair health. On the contrary, there are a number of health benefits of masturbation that are actually proven, including stress relief, better sleep, and increased happiness.

What actually causes hair loss?

“Hair loss is caused by a combination of your genetics and environmental factors,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. “Some factors—like your parents—are out of your control.” 

But other factors, like how you treat your hair are in your control, says Zeichner.

Factors that contribute to hair loss: hormonal changes, thyroid issues, anemia, vitamin deficiency, autoimmunity, certain medications, and physiologic or emotional stressors, according to Gohara.

In other words, it’s a long list, but it doesn’t include solo action. Phew.

A version of this article originally appeared on Women’s Health US.

By Mens Health Staff

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