SEMEN RETENTION:
Semen retention is the practice of avoiding ejaculation. You can do this by abstaining from sexual activity altogether, of course. Or you can learn how to orgasm without ejaculating.

There is no outright scientific proof to semen retention that we know of. This can be the result of an unpopular opinion being swept underneath the rug, pushed aside or even silenced. Think about it – what “legitimate” scientist would go out on a limb and provide evidence for Semen Retention? From what history has taught us is that the unpopular opinion is often disregarded and silenced. Look at what was done to people who argued the world was round when everyone believed that it was flat.

There is no direct scientific proof for Semen Retention – same way there is no scientific proof to Chinese medicine or acupuncture. Only now, science is catching up to the science behind the practice. But anyone who’ve tried it for long enough, will attest that it works. Taoist sex masters have been practicing Semen Retention as part of their religion for 3000 years, it is also a practice in brahmacharya, cai Yin pu Yang and cai Yang pu Yin and maithuna. This preservation of life force is called ‘jing’ according to eastern tantric philosophies.

If you are looking for positive changes physically, mentally and spiritually then try Semen Retention. For some, it’s the ultimate journey and tool of self-control.

NO FAP:
NoFap was coined on Reddit in 2011 in the middle of an online conversation between people who had sworn off masturbation. The term NoFap is now a trademarked name and a business and came from the word“fap” – which meant to jerk off. What started as a casual discussion is now a website and a known organization that promotes the quitting of not just masturbation, but also porn and other sexual behaviors. Their audience entails mostly Millennials and Generation Xers along with some Generation Zers and Baby Boomers – mostly men but with some women with a large part of this group being straight males along with minority groups from the LGBT+ community and beyond.

A study had found that not ejaculating for 7 days increased testosterone levels – by 145.7 percent to be exact (Jiang 2003). The fueled the 2011 Reddit discussion and started a chain reaction that created a legitimate movement that is now counter to pornography. Some members of that subreddit went on to not masturbate for a week (or more) and shared other benefits that included mental and physical improvements as well as spiritual gains. These included awakenings and epiphanies. Over-time words such as NoFap, Fapstronaut, Monk Mode, Hard Mode and fapstinence came into being.

The community is growing large ever since its inception. Hundreds of thousands of men and women from all over the world – from varying religious to non-religious beliefs, are experiencing life changing benefits by getting rid of porn consumption. The best thing about someone being skeptic to this trend is that they can experience it for themselves. Just stay focused, be patient and simply don’t masturbate. If it doesn’t works for you, well. Go on, mind your own life and continue masturbating to whatever you like to masturbate, no judgement made.

But, there is ever increasing scientific evidence about the downside effects in the neuro-endocrine system regarding  porn over-consumption as seen only in the traditional substance abuse addicted brain. We need to realize that porn distribution is a never seen phenomena of the 21st century – further studies must be made. Science is just on the tip of the iceberg right now and it will be interesting to see how and if the epigenetics are affected by these behaviors.

Of course, masturbating is natural – bonobo chimps do it and so as other animals – it is part of our biological behaviors. But what is not healthy is the use of an augmented reality that produces super organic stimuli that hijacks your brain and rewires it – paving the way to a vicious circle. 

THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES:
NoFap and Semen Retention both share the end goal of the preservation of semen but have different starting points and paths.
For NoFap the main purpose is the aversion from pornography while for Semen Retention, it is about preserving and using the life force energy aka jing to transmute and manifest purpose and dreams.

NoFap’s purpose is a movement to address the issues that surround porn addiction – where many men and woman are finding distress and detriment in their lives due to their addiction to pornography. Many of these men even have Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction (PIED) which is an ever increasing issue for many Millennials and Generation Zers.

The one thing that many NoFappers have in common is that they suffer from a pornography addiction and compulsive masturbation habits albeit for various reasons. In general, sex is a good thing and the NoFap movement wants men and women to actually have sex  with someone they care for – not just watch porn and masturbate. Masturbating to the point where it affects your everyday life creates a pathology as well as loneliness and that is what makes fapping a serious issue.

SOURCES:
Jiang M, Xin J, Zou Q, Shen JW. A research on the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men. J Zhejiang Univ Sci. 2003;4(2):236‐240. doi:10.1631/jzus.2003.0236