Speaker 1 (00:00:01) - So here's the million dollar question. How are men like us who work hard, have good motives and a God given purpose supposed to fulfill the calling on our lives and the dreams in our hearts, all while establishing sexual integrity, thriving relationships, and a meaningful connection with God? That is the question, and this podcast will give you the answers. My name is Sathiya Sam. Welcome to Unleash the Man Within. Yo, yo, what is up, my man? It's Sam here. Welcome to unleashed the man within. Thank you guys so much for listening. I'm so glad you're here. Really excited to dive into today's content. We're going to be talking about the link between testosterone and pornography. And this is a very highly contested subject. We'll just put it that way. And I just thought, you know what? Um, for the listeners of this show, I wanted to bring some clarity so that you aren't confused by all the mixed messages out there. And that's what we're going to do today. Uh, before I jump into that, uh, really quick, I just want to mention, um, that, you know, we've hit February now and, um, you know, we're one month into the year.
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Speaker 1 (00:02:00) - But without further ado, let's jump in. Let's talk about porn and testosterone. So testosterone has gotten a lot more attention over the last, I'm going to say probably 7 or 8 years, but especially the last 3 or 4. And, um, you know, in America in particular, uh, it's made its way into Canada a little bit. But in America especially, a lot of people talking about TRT, uh, testosterone replacement therapy and that kind of thing. And so basically the, the, the basic premise of this movement around testosterone is the, the revelation that the average man's testosterone levels are well below average. They just are. You know, if you compare a 28 year old male today in 2024, at the time of this recording, to a 28 year old male in 1998, the levels are dramatically different. The averages are, you know, with a huge discrepancy. And if you go even further back, you know, pre tech altogether, there's there's an even larger discrepancy. And I don't believe technology is the sole culprit for the shift in testosterone.
Speaker 1 (00:03:12) - It's definitely played a role. But you know there's there's lots of lifestyle factors. We are more sedentary than ever before. We are, you know, kind of fat on dopamine and some other neurotransmitters that play a role on testosterone. In testosterone. We are not sleeping as well. We've become very bad sleepers and those kinds of things can really affect your hormone profile. And I personally believe that the rise in porn consumption also is a factor. Now I'm just going to be outright and just say that the shifts in testosterone levels are not because of pornography. There's not a causal dynamic here. And I've seen some people online make those claims. They're wrong, you know? And as much as I would love to be able to say, if you have low testosterone levels, then, you know, quit watching porn, that that argument is just very hollow. And I'm just not going to take that avenue because it's, you know, factually untrue. Uh, we do know that sexual activity and testosterone are highly correlated, right? Somebody with low testosterone tends to have a lower sex drive and less libido versus somebody with high testosterone.
Speaker 1 (00:04:25) - You know, those people we know have higher libido. They are generally more sexually active, more promiscuous, maybe even, but certainly have a much stronger drive. Um, and so the, the, the I guess the interesting question then is does watching porn or having bad sexual habits in your life influence your testosterone levels? Now I'm going to guess that a majority of you listening probably don't know what your testosterone level is. I don't either, and it's actually not even as simple as saying, oh, I got my blood work done and my bloodwork said I had, you know, a thousand nanograms per, uh, what is it, nanograms per deciliter, is it or. No, sorry, nanograms per liter of free testosterone. Even that metric is not reliable enough. The the actual question is, um, androgen receptor density. And I'm not going to get into the, the details of that. But the point is that even those metrics are not comprehensive. And I highly recommend you do a little bit more research, because sometimes people draw false conclusions about their T levels based on.
Speaker 1 (00:05:30) - You know, a single metric. Um, but I'm going to guess most of you probably haven't. Haven't tested your tea levels and you don't know. And that's okay. You don't have to know. But what we do want to ask ourselves is, you know, because I guess the the thing here is, if pornography was negatively impacting your testosterone levels and that was negatively impacting your sex life and your intimacy and your marriage, well, then we would want to we would want to see like, could I, should I maybe that's more incentive to quit pornography, right? Because we know that it's not just now. It's not just about doing it because it's morally right, or it's not about quitting it because it's this thing that's weakening your productivity. But now we're actually talking about a direct biological implication for your well-being. So there is a study out there that has shown that actually there's an increase in testosterone about 90 minutes after watching porn, which obviously a study like that kind of works against any argument that I would want to present.
Speaker 1 (00:06:28) - Uh, the interesting thing about this study, though, is they didn't control for, you know, long term usage, the nature of the content that was being viewed. There's there's several variables that factor into the, these kinds of things. And this is why, you know, research around porn addiction is always just very convoluted. And that's why a lot of, you know, researchers aren't even recognizing porn addiction as a legitimate diagnosis, because the research is challenging. Um, you know, there's also another study that that showed abstinence. So abstain from all sexual activity could actually lead to an increased level of testosterone after about seven days. And so, again, that would work more in my favor. But even a study like that has a lot of limitations, you know? Um, well, like you have to kind of control for, you know, what was what was the levels of their testosterone before, you know, seven days. What was happening at seven days? Um, how are these guys being monitored? I mean, I, I looked into this study a little bit.
Speaker 1 (00:07:26) - It was decent level of, uh, monitoring and whatever. Uh, but again, it's such a short scope that. Do we really care, like, do we, do we really care that your testosterone spikes about 90 minutes after you watch porn? Like what? What value is that for a lifestyle, right. That just doesn't account if you do that every single day, does your testosterone continue to increase? And similarly, if you stay absent for 3 or 4 years, what happens to your testosterone levels then? Right. So again, I would love to tell you that, you know, watching porn kills your testosterone. Um, there's no data yet that really shows that, um, here's a here's an interesting thing. And here's the the sort of linking piece in all of this and why I chose to do an episode about this. Men with low t suffer from sexual dysfunction, as we know, lower libido. And there's even some evidence that infertility and testosterone levels have a correlation. So the interesting thing is, I think we could all agree on that.
Speaker 1 (00:08:25) - And I think anyone mainstream would agree with that as well. They would say yes, that that's factually right. Low testosterone leads to all these things. Now, the interesting thing is, uh, pornography has now been shown to have all the same effects sexual dysfunction, lower libido and even infertility. I've cited that study from 2021 several times on the podcast now that showed that men who view pornography are more likely to experience infertility. So the interesting thing here is, again, the it's not to to discount the evidence that shows low testosterone is linked with all these things. But it's interesting when you have something kind of accessory or parallel that has all the same effects, because that that kind of makes you wonder, well, do these two parallel things actually have a correlation themselves? And we don't we don't know. We just don't know for sure. Um, there's no evidence yet that that's demonstrating that. And this is purely speculative. Uh, another interesting element of this is that, um, porn consumption affects lifestyle factors that affect T levels.
Speaker 1 (00:09:34) - Okay. This is sort of another spoke in the wheel. So porn consumption leads to things like poor sleep, less physical activity and poor diet. And all three of these things are shown to reduce your testosterone levels. So this is just it's just interesting. I think there's a lot of, uh, moving pieces here. There's a lot of things that are kind of swirling, but no dots have really connected yet. But what I would like to suggest to you is, um, just to, to listen here for one more minute, because in, in my own life, I can tell you that my libido, my sexual performance, my sense of masculinity, all of these things dramatically improved when I quit porn. You know, we're talking eight years ago now. This is actually this is my celebratory recovery month. Uh, February 2016. I was when I had my last relapse. So, um, I can tell you and I can tell you that in our clients lives as well, they've noticed a much, much higher sexual.
Speaker 1 (00:10:30) - Formance after quitting pornography and masturbation. So again, there's this is one of those situations where we don't want to be bound by the research and say, well, there's no study that shows this. Therefore it's not true. Um, there's just that's just not how this works. We want to be research based, not research bound. And so I would I would like to suggest to you that anecdotally, based on what we see, we can tell you that the the effects of low testosterone, the low libido, the lack of motivation, you know, the sexual dysfunction, all of those things are generally remedied when somebody quits porn. So that's just very interesting to me. Like, because it means that there might have even been other things causing the low testosterone, but the abstinence and the elimination of pornography from someone's life seems to have enough of an impact that those adverse effects of that are causing low tea or those things that are causing low T, rather are being reversed. And that's honestly probably as far as I can go based on the data that is out there so far.
Speaker 1 (00:11:37) - So what does this mean for all of you? Well, it means if you want to, you know, be healthy physiologically, you want to get your testosterone levels normal. Quitting pornography is only going to help with that. It's not going to hurt. Um, and so I, I highly recommend it. I think it's just again, this is another angle. We know there's a spiritual level. There's a relational level to this. There's an emotional component. There's, uh, you know, a productivity and a financial component depending on your vocation. And now we also know, you know, there's there's a strong biological element to this as well. And that's what I wanted to address today. So hopefully this gives you this gives you guys some more insights. In the meantime. Like I said, if you want some more resources to further your recovery journey, go to Sathya Sam Comm slash resources, including my training for how to quit porn in uh, sorry, my booklet rather for how to quit porn forever in 2024.
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