What is NoFap?

NoFap hosts challenges in which participants abstain from pornography or masturbation for a period of time. This website is also a venue for open discussion of the NoFap experience and related issues. Whether your goal is casual participation in a NoFap week or monthly challenge as a test of self-control, or whether excessive masturbation or pornography has become a problem in your life and you want to quit for a longer period of time, you will find a supportive community and plenty of resources here.


The benefits listed here are based on the anecdotal reports of NoFap community members. They range from zero to life-changing. Individual results will vary; they are absolutely not guaranteed.

Abstaining from PMO (Porn, Masturbation, Orgasm) has often resulted in…

  • Recovery from porn-induced sexual dysfunction. Many fapstronauts report that NoFap’s programs have cured erectile dysfunction and delayed ejaculation, along with other sexual issues.
  • Increased self-control. Some fapstronauts do not feel like they have a pornography or masturbation problem. They are here to put their willpower to the test by facing their own instincts to pursue easy sexual arousal or indulge in certain sexual behaviors.
  • More hard-drive space. Some of the larger porn collections we’ve heard about can take up terabytes of information. No more hoarding. Permanently deleting it will free up a lot of hard drive space. As an added bonus, you won’t be hesitant to let people borrow your computer anymore.
  • More time. No more spending hours at the computer looking for that one video to get you off. That time can be better spent pursuing  your passions, bettering your life, and spending time with friends or a significant other. The possibilities are endless.
  • Improved attitude. Many nofappers described increased happiness throughout their lives, especially in their attitudes towards sex and interpersonal relationships.

The preceding was only a brief overview and we recommend that you browse through the various sections of the website to gain a fuller understanding on what you may have to gain by participating in a challenge.

Rules of the NoFap Challenge

Every NoFap challenge is unique. Why are you here? What are your goals? You should review the following options, make some decisions, and document them (either mentally or by posting a message on our website) before partaking in the NoFap challenge.

  • No Masturbating: The majority of fapstronauts choose to abstain from masturbating to orgasm throughout the duration of their challenges.
  • No Edging: “Fapping” may or may not include “edging,” which is physical stimulation without orgasm. Most fapstronauts do not allow it during a challenge; others do. Your call.
  • No Porn: Most fapstronauts also choose to avoid deliberately viewing pornography. Some choose to allow one or the other (pornography or masturbation), depending on their individual goals. Many fapstronauts are here only to break away from pornography and continue masturbation. A few fapstronauts are here to cut down on their excessive masturbation and choose to allow the viewing of pornography. As previously stated, these decisions are entirely up to you and should be based on your goals.
  • Hard Mode: Choose your difficulty level. It is up to you whether you would like to allow yourself to engage in sexual acts with another person or not. Allowing no outlet for sexual release is dubbed “hard mode”. But some people find the challenge easier without sex because it sometimes increases cravings afterward.
  • Duration: How long would you like your challenge to last? A week? A month? Ninety days? This is up to you. If you wish to sign up for a monthly tracking competition, find a sign-up thread. If sign-up threads are closed, feel free to post in the daily tracking threads with your progress anyway.
  • NoFap with friends: Post in the daily update threads, regardless of which challenge you’re participating in!

A Brief History of NoFap

In June 2011, a thread titled “TIL when men don’t masturbate for 7 days their testosterone levels increase by 45.7%” reached the front page of Today I Learned, a popular category on the social networking website Reddit. In response to this submission, many reddit users started discussing the “seven day no-ejaculation challenge” in numerous conversation threads throughout the website. Later in the day, username ohropax raised the idea of abstaining from masturbation as being the number one tool you could use to get motivated. The idea of a NoFap reddit website was sparked in the comment section of ohropax’s thread. After a significant amount of discussion, Alexander Rhodes founded NoFap on June 20, 2011.

The idea of abstaining from masturbation for a period of time existed on the internet since at least 2006 (and offline for hundreds of years!), well before NoFap existed. Various fapstinence events sprouted up on forums and image boards throughout the internet, which challenged participants to avoid masturbating for a month. The grassroots style of these events inspired the idea of creating a dedicated service which allows for scheduled programming throughout the year.

In the beginning, NoFap hosted monthly and weekly no-masturbation programs. Approximately sixty people participated in NoFap’s first event, No Fap July 2011. Although NoFap wasn’t originally intended to be a self-help community, people started showing up to find help and support for sexual health issues, and NoFap quickly evolved into a porn-recovery community. NoFap experienced impressive growth, garnering over 4,000 fapstronauts (our word for NoFap community members) by January 2012. The community developed its own terminology, making up words such as “fapstronaut,” “femstronaut” and “fapstinence”, and a subculture that rivals the most helpful communities on the internet. The first version of the off-reddit NoFap website was created in November 2012.

NoFap currently hosts one of the most active porn-recovery communities in the world and continues to grow every day. Its primary purpose is to help people develop healthier sexual habits, which will result in more fulfilling lives with improved interpersonal relationships.

Who are the Fapstronauts?

We conducted a survey back in 2012 which illustrates how diverse NoFap’s userbase is. NoFap has several moderators who maintain the daily operations of the subreddit and website, all of which prefer to remain anonymous.

  • Camp_Olympia, NoFap’s “update guy” is in charge of running the NoFap subreddit challenges.
  • FaplessAndFancyFree, _charles_, and sassanix moderate the subreddit and perform many tasks as necessary.
  • Zorkie is our resident female moderator.
  • Blue moderates the NoFap.org forum

alexander_rhodesAlexander Rhodes created NoFap and is passionate about improving the world by spreading good ideas via new media. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to parents Althea Azeff and Phillip Rhodes. He has two siblings, Axel and Claire, along with a cat named Huckle. He recently graduated with a B.S. in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and currently works as a web developer. During nights and weekends he strives to help people quit porn and live more awesome lives. Alexander is currently in charge of NoFap operations and is supported by a dedicated team of volunteer moderators & writers.


  • Dan January 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    1 month already !

    I am puting all my rage at the gym, i have gain more muscles naturally, i am more agressive than ever, dont give a shit about nobody and mostly am in ! i feel like a super sayan rage, i dont mind anymore answering back to people, even fighting ! i have re-take control of my super sayan seag i lost 10 years ago. Dont be a puss, be a boss !

    • About-2-be-exfapper January 18, 2014 at 4:33 am

      me just 2 weeks

      • Kai1987 February 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

        hi, I feel with you bro.

    • YoungFapper January 25, 2014 at 12:39 am

      I only managed to abstain from PMO for 1 week.Need support guys cuz I’m going for 2 weeks.

    • KainHiob March 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Hi Dan.
      Sounds as if you had some rough times. I can actually relate, although I have to say, I haven’t been the worst case I have ever seen. I helped myself in a very early age and could get out of a circle on my own, which I am very grateful of.
      I wish you absolutely the same, and if not fapping is your way of dooing so, then I have to say: awesome. Something you can do. You did. You have done.
      There’s only one thing I would like to add. Beeing aggressive isn’t the solution. Not beeing afraid of a fight is better, but trying to avoid it, especially if you know you can win, is the only mean of an ultimate breakout. Leaving the sircle of violence.
      God damn I sound like a damn hippy. Nevermind.
      Eather ignore me or don’t. We probably will never meet.
      But have a nice day!

  • About-2-be-exfapper January 18, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Me only 2 weeks no fapping.

  • andzej February 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Im in day 4 now and i feel beter already, but its getting hard now

    • dedıcate February 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Dont gıve up keep on tryıng ey

  • horrible addiction February 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    today is day 28 and counting :)of NO FAPPING it was hard for the 1st week but soon after i made target days. and very soon i even began to forget about masturbating. now i am trying to cut off pornography. i have seriously cut that down too. i want to be clean. no porn no fapping. except with the woman i love.

  • dedıcate February 27, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Im 20 years old gırl from south afrıca ın a provınce called lımpopo.ı have thıs addıtıon of watchıng porn and masturbatıng(fıngerıng)my self after watchıng porn.ı’ve started watchıng porn at an early age but stopped, at school ı wıl watch ıt wth frıends wıthout masturbatıng.now that ım always alone and bored ı watch porn than masturbate(fıngerıng)my self ı really want to stop but ı dont know how cause ı really fıngerıng my self a lot please help…

    • Kevin March 23, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Check out yourbrainonporn.com. Lots of help there about porn addiction. Great community, good luck!

  • KainHiob March 4, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Very interesting what people go through. What people do to themselves to make their lifes better, or think to have to do to gain enough control over themselves to get better.
    I don’t know whether someone is interested in this, but let me tell you, I haven’t fapped in a while. That is because I am ill, a depression is (or can, to get precise information ask a Doc) metabolic disease of the brain which can be treated. If that is your problem, go and see a professional (medical).
    If you choose to do this out of free will, you should have a look at your religion and on the circumstances of your rising up. If not, go and see a professional (expect if you are from the US, then you probably can’t afford it), if evrything seems all right, go on, and have a nice fap-free day/month/year/live. Enjoy all your free time with your friends and your strong mind. This might sound sarcastic, but I am honestly wishing you a good time!
    Best regards,

  • Alex March 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    “A few fapstronauts are here to cut down on their excessive masturbation and choose to allow the viewing of pornography.”

    Can anybody explain that to me? Why watch pornography anyway if you don’t masturbate to it? Maybe before going out and looking for a sexual partner?

  • Chris March 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I am a 29 year old male and was diagnosed with MS in 2010 but have had it since 2007. At the beginning of 2007, I started noticing I was having problems getting hard when I was with another person. Each time was a serious blow to my self esteem. So much, in fact, that I replaced dating with meeting people and dating. Now I have some mild mobility problems, but now I am working with some mild esteem and am starting to feel ok about myself. But the problem is that I can’t get it up around others and I am scared to do so. But I am going to try no FAPping and I hope it will work for me. I want to concentrate on finding someone for me and finding someone I really like. Here’s to trying. Day #1

  • mojo March 20, 2014 at 7:40 am

    glad to know I’m not alone…my life is out of control

  • Art March 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Is taking a libido increasing pill alright to do during this challenge? So far it has not really worked out for me but it seems to be making things go a little faster.

  • Ray March 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I want to try this I did 11 days once and it felt great I want to double it. Going for 22 days!!!

  • Man Power March 31, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Day one, I’m looking to go hard core No FMO for at least a month. Wish me luck and say a prayer for me.

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