I have done nofap three times:
- Once for 101 days
- Once for 165 days
- Once for 42 days
Here are the main lessons I have learned.
- Whoever you are, nofap will have an impact on you (called God Mode, but it’s more complex than that).
- The benefits of NoFap take at least 30 days to be felt.
- A flatline can last up to two years and a half.
- Find the nofap timeline here.
- Find the nofap tracker here.
- Masturbating in itself isn’t unhealthy or unnatural…
- …but masturbating five times per day definitely is.
- It’s all about keeping it moderate.
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The following is educational and informational content, and should not replace proper medical care. Always consult a licensed specialist before altering your lifestyle.
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1. What Is Nofap?
Nofap is a period during which you stop masturbating. Fapping means “masturbating”. Nofap, therefore, means “not masturbating”.
There are different versions of nofap that will suit different people with different needs.
Someone engaging in nofap is called a fapstronaute.
2. Why Do People Do Nofap + Nofap Benefits?
It depends, but mostly, it’s to get rid of porn addiction.
Porn addiction changes the structure of your brain and impacts the rest of your life, from your relationships to your sleep, to your self-esteem.
It also impacts your sexuality. Men (I am assuming that you are a guy reading this) addicted to porn may struggle to maintain an erection when engaging in real sex; they may come too fast; or they may not come at all.
People also engage in nofap to:
- Have more energy
- Have more testosterone
- Be more focused
- Be less afraid
- Solve the “death grip syndrome”
- Be less prone to dopamine-triggering activities
- Get rid of depression
- Get “angry”
- Solve their relationships with women
- Have better sex
The mental benefits of NoFap are called God Mode.
3. Is Nofap Only For Men?
No. Many women also practice nofap (while men tend to be addicted to porn, women tend to be addicted to erotic stories).
Unfortunately, the mainstream narrative has pushed women to do a lot of things that men do. Girls are now encouraged to watch porn because it is “cool” – if not pushed to do porn altogether.
Some women have become addicted to porn as a result and use nofap as means to get rid of it.
4. What Are the Different Types of Nofap?
- The Extreme: nofap, no porn, no sex.
This is the most popular version of nofap. It is usually practiced by guys that seek to be more social and less afraid of talking to girls, while breaking their porn addiction.
- The Boyfriend: nofap, no porn, sex.
These guys seek to break their porn addiction, reconnect to their partners, or solve their death grip syndrome.
They’re not after the mental and “high-energy” benefits since they’re having orgasms during their nofap because they’re havings sex.
A version of this nofap can also include semen retention. Semen retention is tantric sex, meaning it is having sex but not having an orgasm. It’s frustrating, if you ask me. It also takes immense self-control to practice.
Overall, the boyfriend is the best option to get rid of your porn addiction. Since you are having sex, you are less compelled to masturbate and seek porn to do so.
- The Eunuque: nofap, porn, no sex.
Rare. These guys primarily seek the “high energy” from nofap. They use porn to stimulate their brain and motivate them to go find girls.
Not recommended at all (speaking from experience).
- The Cheater: nofap, porn, sex.
Guys who practice this version mainly want to solve their death grip syndrome. They don’t care about porn addiction.
5. What Is the Nofap Timeline?
The nofap timeline is the range of experiences you’ll go through while doing nofap. In the beginning, you have a lot of energy.
Then you enter the flatline during which you have low energy and feel numb.
Then you get out of the flatline and reap the nofap benefits (God Mode).
What Is the Nofap Flatline?
The flatline is a period of struggle and despair you have to go through before experiencing nofap benefits.
It’s the second stage of nofap.
The nofap timeline is divided into three stages.
- Initial excitement and testosterone build-up
- The nofap flatline
- The nofap benefits
1. Initial Excitement
The initial excitement phase can last between one to six weeks, rarely more. This period is when you are the most likely to fail nofap because you are horny. The first seven days are particularly difficult to resist the urge of jerking off.
According to that one study, your testosterone levels peak on the 7th day, then decrease. However, I wouldn’t draw any precipitated conclusions since it’s only one study, and it was done years ago.
2. The Nofap Flatline
The nofap flatline is a period of nofap during which the fapstronaute has low energy, feels little, has no sexual desire, and is slightly depressed. It’s the most dreaded part of nofap and what makes it so hard.
No one really knows what the flatline is nor why it exists. It seems that your brain “rewires” and “de-addicts itself” during the flatline. The flatline is most likely the sum of all of the withdrawal symptoms of porn addiction.
Some people have experienced very short flatlines of a month or so.
Others have experienced up to two years and a half of flatline.
What influences the length and difficulty of the nofap flatline?
Your porn addiction mainly.
The younger you started watching porn (1), the more violent the porn was (2), and the longer you remained addicted to porn (3), the longer (and harder) your flatline will be.
What does the flatline feel like?
Numbness. Girls no longer look exciting, and you stop thinking about sex constantly. You have no desire for anything. Life is boring. You feel slightly depressed, but not really. It feels like a light experience of anhedonia.
Some guys freak out when they realize they lost all attraction to girls. Don’t worry. It will eventually come back as you move towards a healthier lifestyle. Give it time.
One of my theories that explains why the nofap flatline is so hard to go through is that the brain is deprived of the euphoric chemicals released during orgasm.
There are quite a few.
List of hormones released during sex:
- Dopamine helps build habits, as explained by James Clear. It makes you feel good before and after doing something pleasurable so you want to repeat the behavior.
- Oxytocin acts differently according to your gender. Oxytocin has mainly been studied in women. We know it plays a role in social bonding. Oxytocin is triggered during orgasm, childbirth, after childbirth, and breastfeeding.
Understand: girls will get attached to you if they have orgasms with you. Then they will get attached to their baby. We don’t know much about the role of oxytocin in men, just that it is also released during orgasm.
- Endorphins: blocks the feelings of pain.
- Testosterone: present seven to eight times more in men than women, testosterone plays a lot of different roles, from muscle building to sperm production. It also regulates sex drive for both men and women. A lot of testosterone -> desire for a lot of sex.
- Serotonin: it plays a role in your mood and is believed to reduce depression.
- Estrogen: primarily present in women, estrogen regulates the menstrual cycle. It also increases sexual desire. For men, it plays a role in testosterone regulation.
- Noradrenalin: it stimulates the body for physical action.
- Vasopressin: it plays a role in sexual stimulation and pair bonding.
- Prolactin triggers breast milk production in women, as well as breast growth. The hormone also plays a role in the menstrual cycle. For men, prolactin plays a role in sperm production.
When you have no orgasm, your brain has to make do without these hormones. It can be tough.
In a way, the flatline is a vicious circle.
Until at least, the body “wakes up” and gets out of the flatline.
3. The Nofap Benefits (God Mode)
The benefits is the last step in your nofap journey. It happens when:
- Your brain has arguably gotten rid of its porn addiction
- You no longer see girls as sex objects but as human beings
- Your horniness is back – with a kick
- You overflow with energy
- You can’t stop thinking about sex
- You are almost capable of giving yourself an orgasm simply by imagining an intercourse
- Your balls are about to explode
- You are super social
- You feel sharp and focused
- You have better self-esteem
These are only a few of the nofap advantages I have experienced.
Many men also experienced a boost of testosterone which changed their appearance (enlarging the jaw for example) and makes them more attractive.
Not gonna lie, nofap’s God Mode is nice!
It won’t last forever though.
When you don’t voluntarily ejaculate, your body does it for you (it’s called a wet dream).
The effects of God Mode stop after a wet dream, which is good.
Going too long without sex or orgasm will make you obsessed with it, and you’ll spend your days fantasizing about it.
I believe that God Mode exists not so you can be motivated to hit the gym or build a business, but because you need all of your energy to find a girl and have sex as soon as possible.
If you don’t, your body will shut down and self-destroy.
Here’s my theory – which the nofap community doesn’t like at all.
The purpose of a species is to reproduce and become stronger over time. This is why Nature disproportionally favors those at the top of the hierarchy by giving them more power, more money, more partners, etc, while those at the bottom die with nothing.
In the end, it makes the species stronger (Natural Selection).
Someone who isn’t having sex at all, from an evolutionary perspective, will appear as being on the bottom of the hierarchy.
It’s therefore not surprising that in the long-term, not ejaculating is an invitation for your body to “kill you.”
The same thing exists for women.
Did you ever hear about nun’s disease?
Back when there were still nuns, doctors noticed that they were at a much higher risk of developing breast cancer than married women.
At every menstrual cycle, breast cells divide to make the breasts bigger because the girl’s body expects to be impregnated (which explains why women’s breasts evolve in size throughout the month).
When the girl gets pregnant, this cycle stops for 9 months, the length of the pregnancy.
Women that don’t have kids have their breasts cells dividing and multiplying every month with no interruption.
In case there are some cancerous cells in the breasts, the monthly divide helps them multiply quicker, which makes the cancer progress even faster.
Now, this mechanism isn’t the interesting part. What is interesting is the underlying meaning. Women that don’t have kids have their bodies eventually turning against them.
It will anger more than one person reading this, but it’s the sad and tough reality of life.
6. Is Nofap Healthy?
Nofap itself isn’t unhealthy. What is unhealthy is not ejaculating for too long, as we stated above.
Keep in mind though that no serious long-term studies about nofap on health have been undertaken, and that much about this topic is pure speculation.
But what we do know for sure is that porn is unhealthy.
If it takes nofap to break your porn addiction, so be it.
Pro tip: if you want to know the best way of doing something, try to imagine how cavemen would do it.
Were the cavemen watching porn? No.
Were they having sex often? Likely.
Masturbating? Probably yes, but not ten times a day.
My third nofap ended up with a complete loss of appetite (I wasn’t eating anymore) and a distressed mind, so I stopped.
Mind that I was also doing daily emotional releases with stretching, going to the gym four times a week, and that all of these things mind have been too much stress for my body to put up with (which is another story for another time.)
Bottom line: nofap is a tool, not an end in itself.
If it’s making your life unbearable, stop it.
7. My Experiences With Nofap
I did nofap countless times and failed for various reasons. But I managed to do it twice fully. Once for 101 days, and once for 165 days. And then once for 42 days, but can this be really considered “fully”?
1. My First Nofap Experience
My first nofap experience happened after I read Your Brain on Porn written by Gary Wilson. I realized I was addicted to porn and that it negatively impacted my life, so I aimed at nofapping for 100 days.
The timeline went like this.
- 3rd of January 2016: first day
The first week was hard. I became horny and had to fight with myself not to fap. I avoided spending time in my bedroom as much as possible not to be tempted. And I smoked weed to fall asleep not to rely on fapping.
Since I never fapped without porn, not watching porn actually helped not fapping. The goals were supporting each other.
The initial period culminated with a wet dream.
- 24th day: wet dream
- 25th day: flatline
I then entered the flatline in what was a roller-coaster of emotions.
Mind that at the time, I was depressed, did not exercise, ate unhealthy food, did not have a purpose, almost no friends, etc. My emotions weren’t influenced by the nofap, but certainly were amplified by it.
Emotions are influenced by so many different things that it would be unscientific to attribute their cause to one thing only.
- 77th day: out of the flatline and start to have crazy energy and focus
I got out of the flatline quickly and started experiencing the crazy energy and focus.
I was restless. I cut down my study time by three and got higher grades.
I could focus better, understood things faster, and my mind was clear and constantly racing. I estimate I gained 20 IQ points doing nofap.
These mental perks never left me afterward.
- 87th day: wet dream
The rest of the days were spent in extra-high energy. I was talking to random people on campus, went out alone to clubs and bars to talk to girls, and had a lot of energy.
- 101st day: end of the nofap
I couldn’t take it anymore and burst.
This first nofap is the one that has had the biggest impact on me. No other nofaps were as impactful in comparison.
2. My Second Nofap Experience
I did the second nofap for two reasons. First, I was tired due to my carnivore diet and I thought nofap would help me have more energy. Second, I wanted to resolve my death grip syndrome.
What is the death grip syndrome?
The death grip syndrome happens when you have masturbated so often that the nerves responsible to make you feel pleasure have lost their sensitivity. As a result, you need to squeeze your penis in your hand to properly stimulate them.
The more you squeeze, the less sensitive the nerves get, the more you need to squeeze, the less sensitive the nerves get…in a never-ending cycle.
When you have the death grip syndrome, a vagina does not provide enough constrictions for you to orgasm. You become incapable of coming – worse, you are incapable of experiencing pleasure during sex.
This leads to a whole lot of psychological issues. Girls get stressed because they think they’re not attractive enough for you, you start to wonder whether you’re really attracted to her…. You don’t want to go there.
For example, my own death-grip syndrome was so strong at some point that I had to squeeze so hard that it hurt me.
And not in a nice way!
If this is your case, I beg you, stop jerking off now.
The only way to resolve your death grip syndrome is to stop masturbating and let the nerves rebuild themselves.
In the most extreme cases, it may take up to 6 months of not touching your verge to feel pleasure again during sex.
Protip: Use lube when masturbating. There’s always some sort of liquid involved when you’re having sex with someone anyway, so we can reasonably assume that jerking off “dry” isn’t a good thing to do.
Here’s the timeline of my second nofap.
- 4th of May 2020: first nofap day
- 50th day: wet dream
- 70th day: subtle boost in creative energy
- 80th day: wet dream
- 135th day: extreme horniness, I cannot think of anything else but sex.
- 165th day: end of the nofap
As you can see, this nofap was similar to the first one, except that it took longer for everything to happen (likely because I was older + my addiction to porn was worse).
The first wet dream happened after a longer period of time, the flatline was longer, etc.
It also made me extremely horny to the point that I had to exercise extreme control not to start kissing everybody.
3. My Third Nofap Experience
My third nofap experience was weird.
For the first 30 days, I didn’t have any problems.
After that, I began to eat less and less. I was tired, and I was constantly thinking about sex.
After two days of not eating at all, I decided to break the nofap.
I later found out that the loss of hunger was due to the daily stretching for emotional release that I was doing.
I learned that nofap put a heavy toll on your body.
Don’t make it harder for yourself by adding other stuff on top when you’re on nofap.