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Can Masturbation Affect Pregnancy Chances?

Does self-pleasure affect fertility in women? The simple answer: no! Masturbation, irrespective of gender or anatomy, doesn’t impede the ability to conceive or carry a pregnancy. Despite lingering cultural taboos and myths, scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the conclusion that masturbation poses no threat to fertility. In this article we talk all things masturbation and pregnancy –  click here if you’re wondering how masturbation affects male fertility.


Does Masturbation Affect My Hormones?

Masturbation triggers the release of various hormones, each playing a distinct role in the body’s physiological responses. Dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin, testosterone, and prolactin flood the system during moments of self-stimulation, contributing to sensations of pleasure and relaxation. While these hormonal surges may enhance mood and well-being temporarily, they do not disrupt the delicate hormonal balance necessary for reproductive function. Research indicates that hormone levels return to baseline shortly after orgasm, exerting no lasting effects on fertility. Want to understand how hormones play a part in male fertility?


Masturbation, Ovulation and Menstruation

One common misconception surrounding masturbation has to do with its influence on ovulation and menstrual cycles. However, scientific consensus maintains that masturbation does not alter the timing or regularity of ovulation. The menstrual cycle, regulated by complex hormonal interactions, proceeds independently of sexual activity. While anecdotal accounts may suggest a connection between masturbation and menstrual patterns, empirical evidence remains inconclusive. Thus, individuals need not worry about self-pleasure interfering with their menstrual cycle or ovulatory function. So what’s the best time to get pregnant? Cl


Fertility Insights

Conception is contingent upon the successful union of sperm and egg, a process unaffected by self-stimulation. Both sperm and egg cells retain their viability regardless of whether sexual activity involves masturbation or intercourse. Therefore, concerns regarding the impact of masturbation on fertility are unfounded. Research indicates that sperm quality and quantity remain consistent regardless of sexual frequency, reassuring individuals that masturbation poses no threat to reproductive health.


Assessing Fertility Holistically

While masturbation does not hinder fertility, other factors may contribute to challenges with conception. Health status, lifestyle choices, and underlying medical conditions can all influence reproductive outcomes. Individuals experiencing persistent difficulties with fertility are encouraged to seek guidance from a qualified healthcare provider. A comprehensive assessment can identify potential barriers to conception and inform personalized interventions to optimize fertility.


Enhancing Fertility Naturally

Optimizing fertility involves adopting a holistic approach that encompasses lifestyle modifications and proactive management strategies. Strategic timing of intercourse aligned with ovulation, alongside healthy dietary choices and regular exercise, can positively impact reproductive health. Minimizing exposure to harmful substances such as tobacco and excessive alcohol further supports fertility optimization efforts. Additionally, maintaining open communication with healthcare providers facilitates the implementation of evidence-based interventions tailored to individual needs.


Individuals facing challenges with conception should not hesitate to seek support from healthcare professionals specializing in reproductive health. Timelines for seeking medical advice vary based on age, medical history, and specific circumstances. Early intervention allows for timely evaluation and intervention, maximizing the likelihood of successful conception. Healthcare providers offer expertise, guidance, and support throughout the fertility journey, empowering individuals to navigate challenges with confidence and resilience.

Female masturbation is a natural and pleasurable aspect of human sexuality that does not compromise fertility. By dispelling myths and promoting accurate information, individuals can embrace self-exploration without fear or apprehension. Understanding the nuances of reproductive health empowers individuals to make informed decisions and advocate for their fertility needs, and ExSeed’s medical support team can help. With access to comprehensive resources and professional support, individuals can navigate the journey to conception with confidence and optimism.

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Wearing tight pants and underwear

Studies show that men who wear looser underwear have higher sperm concentration and total sperm count compared to men who wear tighter underwear. So, lose the tight clothes and wear something loose to give your testicles some air.

CONCLUSION: learn more about how heat can affect sperm quality here.


Besides higher mortality rate and various diseases, stress is associated with low sperm quality. Stress is known to be associated with lower testosterone levels and oxidative stress with both playing an essential role in producing and maintaining healthy sperm cells.

CONCLUSION: If you feel stressed, we recommend you get some help so you can have a balanced mental health. For a stress management guide, download the ExSeed app for free and start your personalized action plan today.

Physical activity

Scientific studies show that men who are physically active have better semen parameters than men who are inactive. Fertility specialists also state that regular physical activity has beneficial impact on sperm fertility parameters and such a lifestyle can enhance the fertility status of men.

Prioritizing exercise can help improve your overall health and result in healthy, fast swimming sperm cells that have good chances of fertilizing an egg.

CONCLUSION: Try incorporating exercise in your weekly schedule to you ensure exercising at least twice weekly. We recommend a combination of cardio training and strength exercise. Read more about exercise and male fertility on our blog.


Fast Food
Processed foods damage the health of sperm-producing cells and cause oxidative stress, which lead to poorer sperm quality. Heavy consumption of junk food (every week) can increase the likelihood of infertility since men who consume vast amounts of unhealthy food are at risk of having poor sperm quality. Besides harming your fertility, junk food enlarges your waistline, harms your cardiovascular system, kidneys, and more.

Eating more fruit and vegetables can increase your sperm concentration and motility. It’s important that you consume a healthy diet filled with antioxidants and that you eat vegetables every day. Foods such as apricots and red bell peppers are high in vitamin A, which improves male fertility by nurturing healthier sperm. Men who are deficient in this vitamin tend to have slow and sluggish sperm.

Sugary snacks/beverages: several times a week Excessive consumption of high sugar items can lead to oxidative stress, which negatively impacts testosterone levels and sperm motility. Sugary snacks and beverages are also highly associated with obesity and low fertility.
CONCLUSION: To boost sperm quality, stay away from fast food, processed food, and sugary snacks or beverages. You need to implement a healthy prudent diet filled with necessary superfoods needed for good sperm production. Check out our guide to Male Fertility Superfoods. For personalized guidance and support on how you can start improving your sperm health, check out the Bootcamp.


Direct heat can inhibit optimal sperm production and cause Sperm DNA damage. Sperm cells like environments that are a couple of degrees lower than body temperature. Avoid overheating from warm blankets, seat warmers, heat from your laptop, hot showers, and saunas.

Cigarette smoking

The exposure to tobacco smoke has significant negative effects on semen quality. The damage of cigarettes and nicotine of course depends on how many cigarettes you smoke per day and for how long, but even low usage (up to 10 cigarettes / day) can inhibit healthy sperm production.  

CONCLUSION: Stay as far away from cigarette smoking as possible if you care about your general health and your fertility. Read more here.

Cell phone

When you have your cell phone in your front pocket, your testicles are exposed to electromagnetic radiation, which studies have shown to damage the sperm cells. Put your phone in the back pocket of your pants or in your jacket pocket.


There is a clear association between obesity and reduced sperm quality. At least part of the reason for this is that obese men may have abnormal reproductive hormonal profiles, which can impair sperm production and lead to infertility. 

A BMI higher than 30 can lead to several processes in the body (overheating, increase in oxidative stress in the testes, sperm DNA damage, erectile dysfunction) that can have a negative impact on male fertility. This can result in problems when trying to conceive.  

CONCLUSION: BMI is one of the risk factors that influence semen quality and, for example, sperm motility.  


A beer or glass of wine now and then do not really harm sperm quality. But excess alcohol drinking (more than 20 units per week) can reduce the production of normally formed sperm needed for a successful pregnancy.

CONCLUSION: If you want to stay safe, stay under 14 units of alcohol per week. For more information on how alcohol can affect male fertility, take a look at our blog: “Alcohol and Sperm Quality”.


Studies show that women younger than 35 and men younger than 40 have a better chance of getting pregnant. Men can produce sperm cells almost through their entire life, but the sperm cell DNA is more fragile and prone to damage after the age of 40.

As men age, their testes tend to get smaller and softer resulting in a decline in sperm quality and production. These changes are partly because of an age-related decrease in testosterone level, which plays a very important role in sperm

production. Higher male age (>40 years) is not only associated with a decline in sperm production but also with increased sperm DNA fragmentation and worsened morphology (shape) and motility (movement). These negative effects make the sperm cells less qualified for egg fertilization.

CONCLUSION: with an age under 40, you shouldn’t have to worry much about age as a factor in itself. However, studies have shown a slow decline after the age of 30-35 years

and if you are above 40 years of age, your sperm quality can be affected due to increased sperm DNA damage resulting in a decrease of sperm motility and concentration. Remember that you cannot evaluate the quality of a sperm sample by just looking at it – this requires a sperm analysis.