I had been addicted to porn and masturbation for years. I never thought how much damage they both are doing to my self.
I used to feel guilt after ejaculation. One day I decided that I will stop all this, but it didn’t last long and I failed. I didn’t have that motivation at that time that could help me to quit this addiction.
When I found out that there is a whole community out there who are claiming to see life-changing benefits after stopping porn and masturbation, I got the motivation to start again, and now, here I am writing this post about what is NoFap and why you should give it a shot.
So lets begin without wasting any more time!
What is NoFap?
NoFap is a practice that helps people quit porn and masturbation addiction.
It is an ancient practice with a modern name. Many great/famous people (Example: Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Nikola Tesla, Kanye West, etc) have practiced NoFap to become the best version of themselves.
In recent years Nofap has gained tremendous popularity because people are seeing it as medicine of all the illness.
Many people who have been on this journey for quite a while are claiming some exceptional growth in their mind and body health after practicing it.
However, NoFap.com (A popular website/forum for people fighting PMO addiction) was started 9 years ago by Alexander Rhodes. The aim was to help people and to make people aware of the harmful side effects of internet pornography and wasting semen.
NoFap is also very popular on Reddit with over 600k followers. Every day, many people post their changes or benefits that they have felt after practicing NoFap.
A research done in 2003 in China found that Not ejaculating for 7 days straight may boost testosterone levels in men by around 150%
This research you could say was the foundation of NoFap.com
However, there is still research required to uncover the real benefits that Nofap can provide to someone because the claims are not matching with what studies we have.
This quote by Swami Vivekananda is eye opening
~One drop of semen worths 100 drops of blood~
Even though blood and semen are not at all related to each other or not made with the same compositions, but still, this quote shows the power of one drop of semen.
When I read this quote, I literally got amazed and terrified at the same time. This quote motivated me pretty much to follow NoFap for longer.
I would not say Swami Vivekananda was 100% correct with this statement as semen per 100g contains about 5g protein and blood on the other hand contain around 8g protein per 100g.
However, I have seen many people who masturbate way too much generally have yellowish eyes and palms and it appears to us like they are suffering from any illness.
When I used to waste my semen regularly, I also noticed the yellowish palms and eyes. So, I can tell that Swami Vivekananda’s statement definitely got some truth in it.
How many days do you have to complete to pass this challenge?
It depends on Chakra’s, there are 7 chakra’s that are needed to be awakened to see the real benefits of semen retention. Until or unless these chakras are not awakened, a person should carry on his journey of Nofap.
I am not saying that only Nofap can help you in awakening these chakras, but practicing NoFap will provide you the energy that you require to stimulate these chakras.
What are these chakras?
Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means Wheel. The function of the chakras is to spin and draw in this energy to keep the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health of the body in balance.
Name of the 7 Chakras
- The root chakra.
- The sacral chakra.
- The solar plexus chakra.
- The heart chakra.
- The throat chakra.
- The third eye chakra.
- The crown chakra.
The root chakra is the first chakra. Its energy is based on the earth element. It’s linked with the feeling of safety and grounding. It’s at the base of the chakra system and sets the foundation for expansion in your life.
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine. The corresponding body locations are the perineum, along the first three vertebrae, at the pelvic plexus. This chakra is often represented as a cone of energy starting at the base of the spine and going down and then slightly bent up.
There is a great video by Buddha Xan on NoFap and Root Chakra
It has been observed that people who follow Nofap for a longer period of time, feel their root chakra is opening up.
The sacral chakra
According to Chakras.info, The sacral chakra is the second chakra. It is linked with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity. Its element is water and as such, its energy is defined by flow and flexibility. The function of the sacral chakra is directed by the principle of pleasure.
The most common location for the sacral chakra is about three inches below the navel, at the center of your lower belly. In the back, it’s located at the level of the lumbar vertebrae.
We are only going to focus on these two chakras as these chakras are the most important for a man.
If you wanna read more about other 5 chakras then you can visit Chakras.info, it is a great site that is filled with this knowledge.
People who masturbate way too much or watch porn more than enough, usually, their Sacral chakra gets blocked, that’s why they feel fear of the future, depression-like symptoms, and low confidence.
When they quit PMO addiction, they feel confident, they feel happy, and anxiety also starts to disappear from their life.
In Veda, it has mentioned that a man should follow celibacy until they turn 25, after turning 25, life enters into a different phase where we marry and have kids.
Our ancestors knew the power of celibacy, they knew how important it is for a person to stay a virgin till 25, to save the power in themselves.
The sad part is, porn is accessible everywhere or anywhere. Even kids under 18 can easily go to sites that contain 18+ content. We live in a world where it is very easy to get destroyed, but still, it depends on you, you can turn your life around by taking challenges like these.
What makes this challenge a near-impossible challenge
We have watched porn and masturbated for years and suddenly quitting this habit doesn’t seem an easy task.
Nowadays, masturbation and porn are pretty common, and society accepts it. People don’t see it as a drug/cocane or anything illegal, even though it does support illegal activities.
Porn gives our brain the food that he loves the most “Dopamine”, our brain can do anything to get it.
Our brain is designed to avoid problems and focus on things that can give us the highest burst of Dopamine, for example: watching porn, playing video games, watching youtube, and gambling because these types of works are easy and provide dopamine.
That’s why you see many people get addicted to it. Your brain avoids things that it sees as a problem and that’s why it doesn’t want to take challenges like Nofap even though it knows that one day it will provide you the benefits that may change your life forever.
Tips That May Help
This is the list of highly effective tips that may help anyone who wants to quit PMO and stay on Nofap longer.
1: Write down the benefits that you wanna see in yourself when you’ll complete this challenge
Doing this will help you stay motivated for longer as you are reminding your brain of the potential benefits that you can get by completing the challenge. Your brain will not see it as a challenge, in fact, whenever you will pass any day on Nofap, your brain will get a dopamine release.
2: Groom Yourself/Look Good
Grooming yourself will give you confidence. Confident people tend to get success in anything they touch. It may seem like not related to Nofap, but it is related. Most of the people who I have met in person told me that when they masturbate, they feel low and they delay or sometimes reject taking care of themselves.
3: Limit usage of Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/YouTube/TikTok
Some people may be wondering, why Twitter? whats wrong with it. Actually, it one the worst app for people who are following Nofap because it is easy to find porn on Twitter. No other app approves pornographic content but twitter approves them.
The rest of all the apps are good if you use them for your benefit. YouTube is the best among all these social media apps as it is a gold mine of knowledge, but many people waste hours and hours watching videos that aren’t going to benefit them in any way.
4: Cold Shower
Coldwater is scientifically proven to distract your mind from negative thoughts instantly. Believe me, It is highly effective.
I always use this technique to stay away from those kinds of thoughts, not only it helps to restrict the sexual urges but it also helps to shift your mind from depressive thoughts.
You should splash your face with the coldest water possible whenever you feel like you are losing the battle.
If you are stuck somewhere and unable to find cold water then just think about it and feel it that you are throwing cold water drops on your face.
5: Music To Change Your Mood Instantly
Music is the most beautiful thing in the world. It can instantly change your mood and make you happy or sad.
Whenever you feel like you are about to relapse, put earbuds in your ears and listen to the favorite songs of yours. If you can listen to some motivational songs then that would be super awesome.
Music brings backs the memory and push yourself into the past.
According to Psychology Today, One of the ways music affects mood is by stimulating the formation of certain brain chemicals.
Listening to music boosts the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Dopamine is the brain’s “motivation molecule” and an essential part of the pleasure-reward system.
It’s the same brain chemical accountable for the feel-good states received from eating chocolate, orgasm, and runner’s high.
When listening to a playlist, you can further increase dopamine by choosing the shuffle mode.
When one of your favorite songs surprisingly comes up, it triggers an extra dopamine boost.
And, You know, How crucial dopamine is to recover from PMO.
I am going to start with the plus point of practicing Nofap, then I’ll come to the cons that I have noticed.
I was a porn addict and I don’t feel any shame in disclosing it. Many people take it as a taboo and that’s why they don’t accept it in public and they start to think about what society gonna think about them when they will accept that they are addicted to porn and excessive masturbation.
After quitting porn and masturbation for 100 days, I noticed the benefits like high energy and better concentration. As a blogger we have to be creative, we have to write articles that can inspire people to take action, and when I fap or ejaculate, I suffer to generate ideas.
Nofap boosted my thinking process, now I feel like I will never get run out of ideas. It feels great to have that positive energy inside me.
There are not many cons or downside of Nofap, but I noticed that when you practice Nofap, you become a little aggressive, which is fine when you use it in the right way, like in the gym or in any work that requires high energy.
I noticed that I am becoming aggressive after each successful day on Nofap, but after some time everything became normal, I think it is a part of the reboot process.
Benefits that people claim
This is the list of benefits that I have heard or read from people who have practiced semen retention/Nofap. However, this list is not full of detail or explanation. I have written a post in which I have discussed Nofap benefits in detail. You can read it by clicking here.
- Strong hair
- High muscles mass
- Heavy voice
- High confidence
- Women attraction
- Helpful in curing ED
- High Motivation
- Less Procrastination
- EYE contact
- More energy
- Respect for women increases
- Inside happiness
- Deep sleep’s
- Less anxiety
- Increased social skills
- Improved sporting performances
- Improved body language/posture
- Photogenic memory
- High stamina
- Improved Immunity
Timeline of benefits
There are 5 stages of NoFap. These stages start from Day 1 to 10 and end with Day 90 to infinity.
Stage 1: Day 1 to 10
Almost 99% of people who start their NoFap journey end their journey at this stage. Most of People struggle to complete even 10 days on NoFap. So, you can guess how though the Nofap challenge really is.
If you have decided to go on the NoFap challenge with full dedication, then I don’t think this stage gonna bother you much, you will be able to pass it, but make sure to stay focus.
Stage 2: Day 11 to Day 30
During this period most of the people face a situation called flatline. During flatline, You will feel like you are at your lowest point. Throughout this challenge, there will be a period where you feel really low.
Your energy will be low, and you will not have any sexual urges. You might also get cold or flu-like symptoms.
Don’t be scared because it is a part of the reboot process. You might face this phase once or twice but don’t give up because after a couple of days your mind will become stable again. However, The flatline may range from days to weeks.
Stage 3: Day 31 to 50
During this stage, you will some real changes in yourself. Your confidence level will be good, your memory will increase, and most importantly, you will feel good about yourself, you will feel happy.
Stage 4: Day 51 to 90
This is the stage most NoFappers aim for. When I reached this stage, I never thought life would become so happy. When I see myself back then when I used to waste time watching porn, I regret, I feel, I should have invested my time in something else. I regret, but most of you who are reading this article would be regretting as well.
It’s never too late to start. It doesn’t matter at what age you are, you can start with this very moment because addiction should be treated like addiction.
Read NoFap Timeline for more detailed info.
Harmful Effects of pornography
According to a study in 2018, participants were more likely to report feeling “out of control” over more frequent porn use when also feeling disappointed in their romantic relationships or sex life.
There are not many studies that reveal how bad porn could be for your life, but I have found points that will force you to think twice before you watch porn.
- Porn encourages you to ejaculate, and waste your seed energy into a thing that you’ll regret afterward.
- A normal porn video will not excite you anymore when you watch it regularly. You’ll hunt for violent videos or even some weird stuff that you don’t even want to watch but just because you are addicted, you’ll go for it until you ejaculate.
- Porn and real life are very different. Men who watch porn frequently, feel fear in starting a conversation with a girl. And, they even feel awkward in opening up a conversation with anyone.
- Porn waste time and time is money.
- Porn makes you weak internally. It weakens your confidence and makes you a slave of it. You start to live in a world where you stop interacting with people and start to give most of your time to porn.
- How Porn Affects Relationships
- How to Handle a NoFap Relapse
- Is NoFap Worth Doing?
- How to Quit Watching Porn – The Ultimate Guide
- The Benefits of Quitting Pornography
Can nofap develop prostate cancer?
A study done by Harvard found that men who ejaculated 21 times a month were at lower risk in catching prostate cancer as compared to those who ejaculated 4 to 7 times a month.
So that mean you should not go on NoFap, right? Wrong!
But those same studies states that ejaculation doesn’t seem to provide protection against advanced or aggressive prostate cancer.
There is a tiny link between prostate cancer and not ejaculating. I don’t think so we have enough studies that proof not ejaculating would give your prostate cancer.
There are thousands of sadhu or monks who are on Nofap for years but they didn’t catch prostate cancer.
The following factors affect your risk of getting prostate cancer:
- age: men over the age of 50 are at greater risk for prostate cancer
- race: prostate cancer is more common among African American men
- genetics: your risk is greater if a close relative has a history of prostate cancer
- weight: obesity may increase your risk of getting more advanced prostate cancer
- activity level: physical inactivity has been shown to increase risk in some men
- diet: a diet high in animal and dairy fat and low in fiber, fruits, and vegetables may increase your risk
- height: tall men may be more likely to develop prostate cancer
- chemical exposure: exposure to Agent Orange increases your risk for developing prostate cancer, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Some FAQ’s by users
Will NoFap Help Me To Reduce Anxiety?
What I Should Not Do While On NoFap?
Does NoFap really make you more attractive?
Is it ok to masturbate once a week?
What Counts As A Relapse?
Thanks for reading!