No Nut November risks – from bad sleep to low mood and stress

No Nut November is an annual event where someone attempts to abstain from ejaculating for the duration of the month.

Some of the rules include not having sex or masturbating, watching pornography, trying to abstain from having a wet dream.

Benefits of completing the task are said to help increase energy levels, increase self-confidence, boost mental clarity, increase testosterone and improve workouts.

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But is there research backing up these claims and could there be any risks from not allowing the human body what it occasionally desires?

Isabelle Uren, an expert at Bedbible, has warned of some of the health risks associated with No Nut November.

Why you shouldn't take part in No Nut November

According to Isabelle, there is "no evidence" that not ejaculating is beneficial to men "who have a healthy relationship with sex and masturbation — and it certainly won’t give them superpowers".

She continued: “Orgasms, on the other hand, do seem to have superpowers, including decreasing stress, improving sleep and mood, and increasing self-confidence.

“Secondly, it can perpetuate harmful stigmas surrounding masturbation.”

There still remains a stigma of shame around masturbation and self-pleasure which has been found to be “very damaging to our ideas around sex and challenges like this can feed into that.”

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Another reason why No Nut November is a bad idea is that it can "feed into toxic masculinity".

She continued: “There is a lot of language that echoes the sentiment that only ‘real men’ can go a month without ejaculating, which contributes to the damaging view that being a man means being strong and reinforces the idea that there’s one right way to be a man, which is categorically wrong.”

The final reason, according to Uren, is that when a person is told not to do something they are more than likely going to do it.

Psychologically it's what many people are accustomed to.

“If someone is telling their brain not to think about masturbation or sex, they are actually going to be thinking about sex and masturbation a whole lot more than they would usually,” Uren adds.

This was further bolstered by urologist Dr Rena Malik who said: “There's a number of benefits to masturbation, including better sleep, decreased heart rate, decreased stress, and a lot of increase in feel-good hormones."

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