7-Day Semen Retention Maximizes Testosterone
Increase Your T 145.7% With This One Weird Trick (No Fap)
This post tells you the optimal schedule for ejaculating to maximize testosterone.
There is only one study that truly looks into this. There are a few studies on the acute change in T levels directly before and after ejaculation both for masturbation and sex. We’ll cover those in future posts.
The question we answer today is — how much does abstinence, semen retention, or “no fap” increase T?
Come 💦 read and see, man 🏴☠️
Sorry, I know these sperm puns are really nut 🥜 funny. But it’s so hard not to — they come naturally to me.
Table of Contents
Ejaculation and Testosterone
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Also, make sure to read the Editor’s Note at the end to see what other community experiments we have in store. 😉
Ejaculation and Testosterone
There is precisely one study that looks at the T levels of men after 1-2 weeks of abstinence: A research on the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men.
This 2003 study was eventually retracted because it had “significant overlap” with this 2002 study: Periodic changes in serum testosterone levels after ejaculation in men.
However, these two studies are the same study, and the original seems to hold. The only difference appears to be that the first study was written in Chinese and the retracted one was written in English. The lead author is the same, Jiang Ming, from the University of Zhejiang in Hangzhou China.
The main takeaway is black-and-white: 27 out of 28 men peaked their T on day 7, on average by 145.7%, from day 0. The one man who didn’t peak on day 7 peaked on day 6 instead.
Gonna be honest, I think these are low T levels for guys aged 21-45, especially if 24 of them are younger than 35.
Top-level bullet points are quotes. Bold is my emphasis. My comments are in italics in the second-level bullets.
It is known that sexual abstinence for 2-7 days is optimal for obtaining good quantity and quality of spermatozoa… and that semen quality decline after 7 days of sexual abstinence.
I’m surprised to learn that semen quality declines after 7 days of abstinence.
28 men, aged 21 to 45, were recruited as volunteer subjects. Among them, 4 were aged 35-45; 1 were married; all were in good health without medication during the test period.
Curious to know the % increases as they correspond to ages to see if there were any patterns there. Need that raw data 🐶 .
In the first phase of measurements, a clear peak of serum testosterone level was observed on the 7th day of abstinence for most subjects (except one person's peak occurred on the 6th day).
On the seventh day God said you will have high T.
The average peak value was 145.7% (range of 117.8% to 197.3%) of the baseline (Table 1, Fig. 1).
It [the peak] was 34.0% (134 ng/dL) higher than that on day 5 (q = 8.082, P < 0.01),
and 25.4% (107 ng/dL) higher than that on the day 6 (q = 6.600, P < 0.01).
After the peak on the 7th day, the level declined significantly on the eighth day (q = 7.206, P < 0.01).
From day 2 to day 5, serum testosterone levels varied slightly, and no significant difference among them was detected (q = 0.12-2.25, P > 0.05).
no significant difference was found between married and unmarried, and between 35 years older and 35 years younger.
Only one married guy however, so small sample size.
Only 4 guys older than 35, and 24 guys younger than 35.
As the testosterone peak occurred regularly on the 7th day of abstinence, it is impossible that the periodic fluctuation was an independent phenomenon or a libido phenomenon.
After the 7th-day peak, there was no periodic serum testosterone level fluctuation related to ejaculation, which indicated that the peak represented the end of the process; and that the effective time of an ejaculation is at least 7 days.
Could we say the T levels climaxed on day 7? 🤔
it is reasonable to suggest that the fluctuation in serum testosterone level is an accelerated process of spermatogenesis and sperm maturation.
Spermatogenesis is what it sounds like — the process of sperm genesis. Wait a minute. “On the seventh day God…” - Genesis 2:2. 🤯
As there was significant difference in the pattern of testosterone level variation between these two periods, it showed that men's ejaculation has multiple physiological effects. So, the 7-day period (it might be called the men's cycle or the ejaculation cycle) is an important cycle for men. Its mechanism and impact should be studied further.
Love the idea of an “ejaculation cycle” for men.
A clear peak is noticed on day 7, which then goes back down on day 8.
Email me if you’d like to see the original paper with my highlights.
No man feels High T after fapping. It’s not something he brags about to his friends, especially compared to actual sex. Fapping is generally speaking Low T behavior.
We don’t need a research study to tell us this. But things are always different when we can assign data to it. It’s even more compelling when we have our own data.
I’m currently creating a group chat for guys who want to replicate this study with me — it’s essentially a 7-day abstinence challenge.
I have already talked to six at-home test kit companies to negotiate the prices down. The kits would be delivered directly to your door. Each test costs about $50-60 and you’d have to administer it yourself. I would sell these tests at cost, not making money on them.
At minimum, you’d have to do 2 tests — test one on Day 1 and test two on Day 7. You could do more if you’d like to of course.
Finally, one way to test this without any tests would be trying to max out on a lift on day 7 of abstinence!
If you want to join, email me at jeff @ tparty dot org or DM me on Twitter.
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Twitter thread, @JoeCassandra: Men are expected now to make way more money, but also be 50/50 raising kids & keeping up the house
Women are expected to keep a Instagram home & perfect kids (w/ no help), be 'active' at school, & make $ now
It's a crazy battle going on in the US
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Retain your seed,
Jeff “Big T” Tang
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