Last year I gave NoFap a serious try. I'm done with NoFap for now and I'm not inclined to go back to NoFap anytime soon. What brings me here today is pure curiosity. I'm very fascinated by the human mind and body and I'd love to understand your thought process around NoFap and why it didn't work at all for me. Regarding Porn First of all, I'd like to say that am a firm believer in abstaining from porn. It messes with your mind and objectifies women. I got desensitized to the point where I couldn't get it up during intercourse. That's when I realized something was wrong and that's how I found NoFap. That problem is now taken care of I'm back to normal, porn free, so that's all good. But what fascinates me is why people still abstain from masturbating, even if it's done without porn. NoFap During my NoFap streak of 3 months last year, and giving it a shot for 6 months, this is what happened: Pros: The orgasms felt amazing once you broke your streak! Cons: I couldn't think of anything but sex Whenever I met a woman I saw nothing but a living and breathing sex toy, and I felt ashamed of myself for having such thoughts I became EXTREMELY unproductive (in retrospect, I'm glad I tried NoFap, but I also regret the time I lost doing what I should've been doing during that time) Became very unfocused Suffered a lot from Blue Balls (I was told it was going to go away but after three months of blue balls on and off, I realized that's not going to happen. I tried a variety of things to get rid of it, including high-intensity workouts, cold showers etc. but those things only gave a temporary relief) Got frustrated a lot I developed premature ejaculation (Once I had sex I could only last for about 30 seconds) You can see why this wasn't something for me. Abstaining from porn, absolutely. But abstaining from masturbation turned my life upside down for the worse. Looking around online, I find I'm not the only one who discovered these negative effects of abstaining from masturbation. Here's Brandon Carter talking about his experience with NoFap which is very similar to mine. ProFap Pros: Higher productivity Laser sharp focus More relaxed with women Less dirty thoughts about the women I meet and more deep and meaningful relationships No blue balls No premature ejaculation once I have sex More spiritual connection to life and other human beings More time and energy to pursue more meaningful things in life (instead of thinking how to get laid, how to get girls and what to do to get people to like you) Cons: Sometimes, but not very often, I get Post-ejaculation sadness (due to the release of prolactin during ejaculation, not orgasm. If I get it, it tends to last around 5-10 minutes, then I'm back to normal) The Bottom Line When I abstained from sex, everything started revolving around sex, but once I embraced the fact that I'm a sexual being with sexual needs and desires, the feeling that life revolved around sex disappeared and life became so much more than just sex and porn. Now that I have embraced this fact, I feel like Tim Robbins at the end of The Shawshank Redemption: Free! I work hard on my dream with a laser-sharp focus; I ponder the vastness of our cosmos, and when I get horny I masturbate and have an amazing orgasm, then back to work What're your thoughts on this? Love to hear them!