Hello fellow fapstronauts! I apologise for the somewhat dramatic name of this post, because I know the consensus about nofap is that when you stop PMO and go on nofap, it stops hair loss, and there is a lot of anecdotal evidence of it thickening your hair. Obviously nofap is an amazing thing for everyone, with great benefits for most. HOWEVER! - Since starting nofap in March 2017, I have noticed that my hair is a lot thinner. Especially on the top/front. I am 27 years old. My father is almost 70 and still has thick hair with not even a hint of receeding hair line at the temples. Same with all my brothers and all my uncles on both sides. I've had some receeding at the temples for a few years now without it getting any worse. Nothing too bad and I havent even cared that much, but now, after starting nofap, it has dramatically changed! Now I can see the scalp all the way through and I feel absolutely horrified by this I am trying to locate others in the same situation as myself so we can have a discussion about what can be causing this, and help each other solve it. Especially since in my case it doesnt seem to be genetic at all, there must be a solution. I have a few suggestions, so feel free to comment, share experiences, good AND bad, and thoughts on this. Theories: 1. High Prolactin/Low Dopamine - Elevated Prolactin levels is strongly related to early male pattern baldness. As PMO addicts we seem to have lower levels of dopamine. When dopamine goes down, prolactin goes up and vice versa. Now, if flatline is really LOW levels of dopamine (since we're not stimulating dopamine release while trying to resentisize our receptors), it seems logical that prolactin will be elevated during a flatline, due to the lack of dopamine to counter it. A reason for this CAN be that high prolactin causes LOW SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) which binds testosterone and DHT, thus causing higher levels of free testosterone, and more important HIGHER LEVELS OF DHT. DHT seems to be the number one bad guy when it comes to hair loss, so this is one theory. Question: Is it a fact that dopamine stays looooow during the flatline? Is that why we feel so shitty? (I'll also mention that I am aware of the elevated prolactin immedietly after ejaculation, but many sources claim this is insignificant. Maybe it is, maybe it's not, or maybe it is different for everyone since most people get better hair on Nofap. My theory is that this is possible for SOMEONE Also, I know ejaculation seems to raise the conversion of testosterone into DHT, and that stopping PMO will lower DHT, but again, maybe this is different for everyone) 2. Increase in Androgen receptors This is another theory that has been mentioned both here and on reddit earlier. This claim is that since Nofap increases Androgen Receptors (I believe this is already an established fact here?), the receptors in the head will now be way more sensitive to androgens, and thus be more subjectible to cause hair loss. 3. High Zinc causes hair loss I've read that one of the ways PMO causes hair loss is by depleting the body of minerals, especially zinc. Zinc is important for healthy hair, which might be why people that go on Nofap suddenly get thicker hair. They get their zinc levels up by not wasting it, and then their hair grows thicker. However, some science says that TOO HIGH ZINC can cause hair thinning as well. Personally I've been supplementing with zinc for years, and a recent hair analysis shows that although I am a bit low on many minerals (no big imbalances or deficits though), my zinc level is good. A theory of mine is that since I stopped fapping, but kept supplementing with zinc, that my zinc levels have gone higher and thus caused my hair to thin. Maybe the least plausable theory of these, but nontheless... . . I feel I should also share that I had bloodwork done, and it came back with elevated Prolactin (278) and Low SHBG (21), and also low Testosterone (375). This was in March, right before starting nofap. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!