Sensitive subject, often asked.
So, will masturbation stunt your progress in building muscle?
From the scientific standpoint:
Correct me if I’m wrong, but using Anabolic Steroids is almost the same thing as ingesting straight-up testosterone. This causes muscle growth beyond what would physically be possible, while on the other hand – our body ceases to produce testosterone in the testes (aka stops sperm production), because it has more than enough testosterone in the blood coming from an external source.
The contrary, I believe, is also true. During ejaculation, the body empties its reserves, and the body focuses on refueling the body. This cause a stagnation of muscle repair and muscle building as the body recruits available testosterone towards sperm production instead of muscle construction.
Unfortunately, there are few studies done with this. Here is one, nonetheless: (Click here for Reference Link)
In addition to the latter, masturbation often results in decreased energy and motivation, lowered self-esteem, and the inverse of fulfillment and happiness.
In short, ejaculation empties the body of reserves, thus the body focuses the testosterone on making sperm instead of muscle-building, stunting your growth temporarily; also, leaves the body unenergized and unmotivated for the workout.
BUT WAIT! WHAT ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS?
Doesn’t masturbation reduce risk of prostate cancer by 15% studies show? Some even show up to 34%. Studies funded by men who want to justify their actions, of course. If you’re looking to decrease your chance of getting prostate cancer, here’s a few solutions that, if combined, will decrease it by up to 99% without any drawbacks!
“a large epidemiological study by Harvard researchers found that men who ate at least 10 servings a week of tomato-based foods reduced their risk for the disease by 45% ” (Harvard, 2003)
“A study of over 40,000 men revealed that those who consumed the most tomato-based foods reduced their total risk of prostate cancer by 35 percent and their risk of advanced prostate cancer by 50 percent.” (Giovannucci, 2002)
“men who reported vigorous activity for at least three hours per week had a 61% lower risk of prostate cancer-specific death.” (Giovannucci, 2011)
“In one study of 525 men with prostate cancer, those who consumed the most zinc were shown to have 74% reduction” (Bortoli, 2009)
From the ethical standpoint:
Usually, if not always, masturbation is supplemented with pornographic imagery whether physical or formed in the mind. Pornography forms an image in the mind that reaches beyond all physical realities. It creates the picture of perfection of satisfaction.
Up to 70% of men are typical porn viewers. Porn creates such an image in the mind that nobody can fulfill or satisfy – part of which causes erectile dysfunction. Porn is one of the leading causes of divorce and break-up in relationships – no girl can satisfy what the mind has formed. In today’s world 90% of 8-15 year olds have viewed porn online (most while doing homework) and another 80% of 15-17 year olds have exposure to hard-core pornography.
Shocking as it is, 87% of all pedophile culprits said they have done what they did because of something they saw and couldn’t control their desire. Insane, you say? Can you control your desire for not watching porn? If you don’t deal with this problem, no need to continue reading [my word will be directed towards watchers].
What’s so bad about watching porn?
Porn has been confirmed as one of the leading causes of rape. But you wouldn’t indulge in rape, would you? Yet, you do daily – most, if not all, of pornographic videos sexually assault, hurt, and rape the “actors”.
“It should not be assumed that violence occurs only in the making of violent pornography. For example, although many people would classify the movie Deep Throat as non-violent pornography because it does not portray rape or other violence, we now know from Linda (Lovelace) Marchiano’s two books (Ordeal, 1980, and Out of Bondage, 1986), as well as from her public testimony (for example, Public Hearings, 1983), that this film is in fact a documentary of her rape from beginning to end.”
For more information on the degradation of viewing pornography and how horrible of an act you are supporting and indulging in by being a “viewer” [I'm not even speaking about those who pay for it], please visit the above link.
Also, please watch a first-hand testimony of somebody who was in the business and her inhumane mistreatment:
To finish off, I’d like to say one last thought.
When Michelangelo was starting to paint unclad people, his teacher said to him,
- “Why are you doing this?”
- He said, “I want to see man as God sees man,”
- and the teacher said to him, “But you’re not God.”
You are not God.
Keep your integrity, and don’t rob others of theirs.