Who could have thought that what started as an online conversation between people to give up masturbation will one day become a website and an organization that will have more 400,000 people as it’s ardent followers?
Yes, you guessed it right. We are talking about the NoFap community, an organization which promotes a lifestyle that does not include masturbation, porn and sexual activities.
Tidbits about NoFap
It all started as a Reddit forum discussion in 2011 about the after-effects of quitting masturbation.
It started with a study that included going without masturbation for a week. People who partook in the study reported there was a 45.7% increase in their testosterone levels and there were other additional benefits attached to it. This study fueled the online group and it sparked more people to follow the rule of going a week without masturbation.
Eventually, with increased popularity, the discussion moved off the Reddit platform to having a website and organization of its own. NoFap became its trademark name as it is based on the internal lingo for the sound of the jerking off and it is continuing to gain popularity and attention from individuals who want to stop them from watching porn and masturbation.
Rules of NoFap
There are no compulsive rules to follow per se according to the official website of NoFap as they believe that laying down rules and becoming more specific to a point will break the commonalities of the group.
However, that being said, the community promotes a lifestyle to people that does not include porn use, masturbation and possibly partner sex for a set amount of time.
The primary goal according to the NoFap community is to reboot the brain. They try to help those involved to reset their natural pathways, so that sex compulsions do not have much to interfere with the lifestyle. The recommended period is 90 days, however, NoFap leaves this in the hands of their participants.
The probable paths that one can follow for 90 days are:
- No porn use but masturbation allowed.
- No porn or masturbation.
- No porn, masturbation or partner sex.
Potential benefits of NoFap
The NoFap community believes that we as human beings are wired to be sexual and we do not realize how much sexual desires control our life unless we try quitting sexual practices for a while.
Those people who experience success in sexual self-denial, reports that they have become more disciplined and controlled in other areas of life too.
Most of the NoFap benefits are based upon anecdotal experiences and according to people who have undertaken the NoFap challenge, the potential benefits are:
- Mental benefits
- Increased confidence
- Boosted happiness
- Increase in will power and motivation
- Lower levels of stress and anxiety
- Heightened spirituality
- Improved acceptance and appreciation of the opposite sex
- Physical benefits
- Higher energy levels
- Greater muscle growth and tone.
- Better sleep
- Improved focus and concentration
- Improved creativity
- Better energy, physical performance and stamina
- Improved or cured erectile dysfunction
- Improved sperm quality.
Psychologically, for a human being, it becomes a need to be a part of something bigger than themselves and feel shy or uncomfortable when doing something that is not mainstream. NoFap fills the gap in the right place. It provides a safe and transparent community that has like-minded people that does not judge people for their preferences.
Are the benefits backed by research?
As already stated, most of the benefits are based upon anecdotal experiences and are not backed by scientific research.
According to experts, masturbation is healthy and an integral part of normal sexual development. It is a harmless manifestation of both men’s and women’s sexual desires.
Masturbation has its fair share of benefits too, like some of them that are listed below:
- Improves concentration and focus
- Alleviate stress and anxiety and helps to relax
- Helps in good sleep
- Elevate self-esteem
- Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
- Enhances mood
- Helps to experience sexual pleasure
On the other hand, there are not much health benefits associated with pornography, however, there are might be a few benefits associated with it like exploring one’s sexual desires and having a perception and attitude to what they prefer in their personal sexual life.
People who undertake the NoFap challenge do not include porn and masturbation in their life and have reported abundant health benefits from it but at the same time if you are someone who follows a lifestyle which includes healthy usage of porn and masturbation, then also it can provide you with extensive physical benefits.
Is NoFap similar to Semen retention?
On online forums, people generally use the term NoFap and semen retention interchangeably but these two terms are widely apart from each other.
Semen retention is the practice of avoiding ejaculation. The key difference between NoFap and semen retention is that NoFap does not involve any sexual activities whereas, on the other hand, semen retention allows you to enjoy sexual activity and orgasm but avoids ejaculation.
Semen retention requires serious muscle control and learning to flex pelvic muscles before ejaculation.
Is NoFap useful in controlling compulsive behaviour?
According to the NoFap community, practising NoFap can help you to control compulsive sexual behaviours.
But is NoFap useful in controlling compulsive behaviours?
To identify whether you have compulsive behaviours around masturbation and pornography, look for the following signs first:
- Sexual activities, porn and masturbation interfere with daily life activities.
- Inability to put the behaviour under control.
- Obsessive ongoing sexual thoughts and fantasies.
- Having violent, offbeat and moody behaviours and experiencing negative consequences for them.
- Need to lie for the behaviours and feeling remorse and guilt for it.
If you are suffering from any of the above signs, joining the NoFap community can only provide you with some temporary reliefs. It is best to consult a doctor for proper professional guidance and advice on this behavioural disorder.
Risks of NoFap
There are no risks in partaking NoFap, however, you may notice some side effects like:
- You will miss out on the proven benefits of masturbation, sex, orgasm and ejaculation.
- Well-formed, healthy sperm and normal semen volume can get disrupted.
- A person may suffer from moodiness, irritation and crankiness.
NoFap is not a medical substitute but a lifestyle choice. If you are someone who is suffering from compulsive disorders or has some sexual impotency, following NoFap will not provide any long-lasting benefits. Instead, it is advisable to consult with a doctor for proper treatments and medications.
Always remember, the decision always belongs to you and is perfectly normal if you want to follow NoFap or if you want to continue with your regular lifestyle.