Does masturbation stunt growth?

July 13, 2013 in Questions by Fish

The answer is really just… NO. The common myth that masturbation causes stunted growth is simply a false one. Perhaps made up by parents who frown upon any activity that has to do with sex, there is simply no physiologic basis to this phenomenon. Below are several theories to why some people think masturbation is bad for height growth, and why their reasoning is incorrect.

Does masturbation and ejaculation drain your body of vital nutrients and vitamins?

When it comes to guys, the amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals in semen is just not substantial enough to cause an average person, whether it be a skinny teenager or grown man, to be depleted of nutrients. Unless you are masturbating like crazy, and I mean CRAZY, or if you had starved yourself for a few weeks, it is unlikely that this form of bodily loss will stunt growth. Hell, you would probably get dehydrated more than anything else!

Does masturbation cause changes in hormone levels?

While hormone levels do vary with sexual activities, the changes are not significant at all. Several scientific publications have shown that testosterone levels do not change significant in men who masturbate when compared to men who were asked to be abstinent from all sexual activities. Your hormone levels are largely controlled by your hypothalamus-pituitary axis in your brain, and a lot of it is determined by your genetics. In other words, your body regulates hormones so well that it is hard to throw them off. In fact, when children show up to hospitals with growth problems, doctors usually run a series of tests to see if it is a BRAIN problem. No doctor will ask if the patient masturbates.

If masturbation stunts growth, shouldn’t there be more short people?

Although it is difficult to determine exactly what percentage of people who masturbate, numerous surveys have shown that the majority of men and a significant number of women masturbate on a regular basis. If masturbation is bad for height, you would think more people on earth would be short.

There are 2 other reasons why this masturbation myth doesn’t make sense. First, there is the assumption that sex with another person is significantly different from sex with oneself. While we can agree there are some differences between the two, I find it hard to believe that there is major differences in physiology. So if the bodily response is more or less the same, it would mean that both sex (in the traditional sense) and masturbation should stunt growth. But if high school has taught us anything, it is that the jocky guys, who presumably have sex earlier and more often, do not have stunted growth.

Second, there is more sexual freedom and internet access in our modern generations. Therefore, one can assume that people of this century masturbate more than the generations before them. If the stunted growth myth were truth, shouldn’t the people of our time be shorter than their parents and grandparents? As you may have guessed already, good nutrition in modern times is responsible for a taller population in general.

In conclusion

One does not simply stunt growth with his hands.

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