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Does Masturbation Cause Hair Loss?

You might already know that hair loss can be genetic (thanks, grandma) or due to hormonal disruptions—but have you ever heard the one about masturbation causing hair loss?

There are a couple of internet theories and urban legends out there. Some say that since cum contains protein, ejaculation causes loss of protein which, in turn, leads to hair loss. Others say that, for dudes, masturbation increases the hormone DHT which is responsible for male-pattern baldness.

A lot of these ideas center around you may be wondering if your dude is on his way to a bald existence. Or, you might be worried your solo seshes could damage your beautiful head of hair, too.

Either way, Mona Gohara, M.D., dermatologist at Advanced DermCare and associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine has some serious thoughts on this one.

Okay, could masturbation really cause hair loss?

"There is no scientific correlation between masturbation and hair loss," Gohara says. "We know this because, let’s face it, a lot of people would be walking around bald."

Also notable? Sex and ejaculation in general has no negative impact on your hair health. On the contrary, there are a number of that are actually proven, including stress relief, better sleep, and increased happiness.

What actually causes hair loss?

"Hair loss is caused by a combination of your genetics and environmental factors," says Joshua Zeichner, M.D. and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. "Some factors—like your parents—are out of your control."

But other factors, like how you treat your hair are in your control, says Zeichner. Tight pony tails and braids can put tension on the root of the hair and contribute to thinning locks. Chemical straighteners and extreme heat (from styling tools) can contribute to hair breakage.

Other factors that contribute to hair loss: hormonal changes, thyroid issues, anemia, vitamin deficiency, autoimmunity, certain medications, and physiologic or emotional stressors, according to Gohara.

In other words, it's a long list, but it doesn't include solo action.

Bottom line: Masturbation isn't screwing with your hair. Feel free to keep on pleasuring yourself, girl!

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