7-Day No Fap Challenge

7-Day No Fap Challenge

Updated Jan 24, 2022 at 01:28AM EST by Autumn Able.

Added Jun 29, 2011 at 10:38AM EDT by Sav.

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About

The 7-Day No Fap Challenge is a challenge that began on Reddit 2011 that encourages male participants to stop masturbating for seven days in order to raise their testosterone levels. The challenge is based on a 2003 study claiming benefits for those who stop masturbating for a week, and resulted in a number of memes and the popular "NoFap" community.

Origin

Between March and April 2003, Jiang M, Xin J, Zou Q, and Shen JW from the science department of the J Zhejiang University published a paper titled, "A research on the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men" to PubMed.[1] The study had 28 volunteers stop masturbating for an extended length of time, before and after which their testosterone levels were tested. Researchers found that on the seventh day of abstinence, volunteers saw a peak in testosterone level reaching over 45.7% of the baseline.

On June 20th, 2011 the /r/NoFap[3] subreddit was created for the purpose of holding "no fap" challenges, where members of the community document their experiences abstaining from masturbation.

On June 21st, 2011, a now-deleted Redditor posted a link to the study to /r/todayilearned,[2] garnering over 1,800 upvotes and 2,000 comments in roughly 10 years (shown below, left). The post inspired a number of comments joking about what people would be like if they stopped masturbating, along with people implying they were going to accept the challenge (examples shown below, right).


Posted by u/[deleted] 9 years ago 1.8k TIL when men don't masturbate for 7 days their testosterone levels increase by 45.7%. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed. 2 nsfw 2.0k Comments Share Save Hide Report JR21 9 years ago Challenge Accepted 178 Give Award Share Report Save awh 9 years ago Aah.. but are you still master of your domain? 1 100 Give Award Share Report Save Proffrizzo 9 years ago Lord of the Manor! 59 Give Award Share Report Save

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That year, numerous Redditors began taking the "7-Day No Fap Challenge" and documenting their experiences, struggles, and benefits across Reddit. A number of posts from June of that year can be found on subreddits like /r/IAmA,[4] /r/AskReddit,[5] and /r/reddit.com[6] asking about and claiming to take part in the challenge (example shown below).


Posted by u/ImNotYourFriendBuddy 9 years ago Successful Completion of no fap challenge, anyone feel different? I did it an I have to say I feel pretty good and much more confident. Instead of spanking the monkey I started working out and going to sleep earlier, waking up earlier and starting work earlier. I don't know if there was any testosterone gains but I've been feeling pretty awesome lately. Anyone else do it and feeling fine? Ladies too.

The challenge inspired a number of memes about taking it, most of which are image macros, Rage Comics, and advice animal formats (examples shown below).


CHALLENGE ACCEPTED Everyone who says they succeeded at the 7 day fap challenge... FAP Fer ARE LYING! NOT SURE IF TESTOSTERONE OR JUST PLACEBO quickmeme.com

No Fap Movement

In the following years, the NoFap movement increased significantly in popularity. As of April 2021, /r/NoFap has gained over 792,000 members, with some members taking part in the challenge year-round. The movement has an official website, NoFap.com,[7] which includes information on stopping porn addiction, support forums, and more (logo shown below).


NOFAP Get a new grip on life.

No Nut November

The 7-Day No Fap Challenge has evolved over time and inspired a number of new challenged, the most popular of which is No Nut November. The No Nut November challenge has participants abstain from masturbating for the month of November and recording their results.


5 days into No Nut November and dudes be doing whatever it frickin takes to make it

Various Examples


7 HOURS CLOSE ENOUGH quickmeme.com 7 DAY NO FAP CHALLENGE? TRY7 DAY NO REDDIT CHALLENGE quickmeme.com DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE 7-DAY NO FAP CHALLENGE? THAT IF MEN DONT FAPFOR SEVEN DAYS, THEIR TESTOSTERONE LEVELS INCREASE BY 45.7%? quickmeme.com 7 DAY NO FAP CHALLENGE? CHALLENGE DENIED quickmelme.co TAKE 7 DAY NO FAP CHALLENGE WATCH PORN ANYWAY quickmeme.com TAKE 7 DAY NO FAP CHALLENGE FAIL 14 TIMES

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