Hormones and Sexuality
Firstly, we may ask whether it is good to be sexual and how sexual should a person be. In my experience of life (myself according to me: aspired to do exceptional things, exceptional cognitive potential, high productivity, interest in the unconventional, demanding and restless, requires stimulation, questions authority, has authority, competitive, attractive, above average sex drive, ... ?) sex is good and one should have as much meaningful sex as possible if no more valuable goal or activity needs to be sacrificed for its sake. In practice this does not mean I spend most of my time having sex or seeking sexual relations because there are plenty of more valuable things to do out there.
Sexuality is connected to increased happiness, health and even brain growth. If, however, the sexual aspect of humanity is found undesirable to begin with then my following advice might be of little importance. For the rest of us, let us carry on.
There is an ongoing debate between parties that could be called nofappers and sex-positives. The nofappers warn especially and particularly men that masturbation may be addictive and decrease sexual performance and overall life satisfaction. The sex-positives say people should just do what they want but they downplay or ignore the fact that some people want to abstain from masturbation.
The issue of male masturbation is, in my opinion, the most pressing reason to research hormones and sexuality. In order to resolve the issue I would, however, relativize it to a broader model of hormones and sexuality. The axioms of the model are:
- The testosterone levels of all competitors (any competition) are elevated before the competition but only the levels of winners remain elevated.
- An orgasm can feel like winning.
- Satisfying an orgasm addiction does not feel like winning.
- Defeating an orgasm addiction may feel like winning.
- Sexual pleasure inherently increases the levels of sex hormones.
I believe that these rules are a framework for making a personal decision over the issue in the context of testosterone production. They do not necessarily convey all of the willpower that is required for making an actual change. Furthermore, one should observe their own feelings to make the decision - to learn to sense own sex hormone levels and also the rate at which they vary and the duration how long elevations last. The ideal interval for orgasms is sometimes reported to be from one to two weeks if the goal is to increase testosterone production. My opinion is that one week is closer to ideal than two.
Increasing testosterone production may or may not be a good goal. Overly masculine men do not attract all women as mates (especially not Finnish ones according to Helsingin Sanomat so it might be propaganda) and while testosterone increases health it might also increase mortality due to risk taking or aggression. However, testosterone improves the ability to judge fairly.
Some of the reproductive and biological functions of female sex hormones are obvious but I am not sure what is their function in a lifestyle context. They seem to help in the treatment of schizophrenia, improve the ability to associate and increase the capacity to care for other immediately present living beings. Also longevity is implied.