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 NoFap’s Challenges

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: Masturbation 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.


  • Antony August 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm


    • Jack September 7, 2014 at 3:38 am


  • joff96 August 13, 2014 at 5:14 am

    What about sex?
    Is ejaculating with your girlfriend alright?

    • Wazup October 24, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      That’s your own decision some people only stop porn and still masturbate and orgasm. It depends on every person, experiment. I myself considered to stop PMO because it developed me bad habits in my life which in turn gives me mental issues depression, anxiety, obsession and wrestling with guilt and shame. Imagine having sex with the pixel in your screen is that normal ahaha:D. Porn is immoral but society portrayed it as normal part of human lifestyle. Also sex is considered vital in life, society also portrayed that having sex with different kind of partners is normal :D lol. Imagine if your wife or girlfriend is having sex with different kind of men is that okay with you.

  • Andy Ruth August 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Hey everybody!
    I’m doing the #100daychallenge which means no fapping for 100 days. Currently on day 5. Sailing is going smooth

  • Legend September 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I am doing the 100 day challenge. Currently on the 34th day.

  • FillipJeans September 9, 2014 at 8:50 am

    i am in a faking mood ,, my name and my email address are not correct and not related to me .. i am from NoWHERE .. how can i NOFAPPING for 100 Days … Help me please .. i wanna start from tonight .. tonight i wanna fap and from tomorrow let it go for 100 days .. help me please

    • VINCENT September 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

      ok you can fap once but remember that no fap any more . you should tell yourself it after fapping. the key is that not close any resource of sex such as porn web and NO search keyword about it . or you will have desire to fap , that idea is terrible and powerful. cos it is human’S instinct . however now we should save our energy to heel ourselves. so follow my advice, let ’s to be a better man

      i would say sorry about english level , cos it is my second language. hope you can understand my meaning.

    • dave September 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      You don’t need to tap tonight! You got this!!

  • teej September 14, 2014 at 4:50 am

    how to take challenges?

  • Gold Roger September 15, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I’ve started the 100 days challenge yesterday. I’ll definitely stop PMO!

  • KimLU September 23, 2014 at 5:08 am

    I come from NorthKorea, I never Masturbating.

    • A. October 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Not to masturbate for ‘periods of time’ is counter-productive to the body’s natural mechanism to ward off prostate cancer. The New England Journal of Medicine recommended masturbating at least three times per week and this NoFap thing flies in the face of scientific study. And in case you don’t know, getting prostate cancer usually means not being able to get an erection anymore. So, who wants to ‘be a man’ by denying being a man and then denying being a man because your penis doesn’t work anymore. The one thing prostate cancer patients say the most is: ‘I wish I masturbated a whole lot more when I had the chance.’

      • Q.U. November 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm

        True, but medical journals also claim that certain types of alcohol are good for your health too, in moderation that is. You tell me, just because red wine is good for your heart, should an alcoholic freely indulge in it? No Fap is about Self regulation, biological balance, and Psychological health. For some people, this is what they need. Sure, there is a lot of debate in the medical community, but to what benefit? Confusing people that legitimately have come to terms that they have a problem? I Agree with you, but keep in mind the audience you’re talking to.

  • TaiChiChuan September 25, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I’m glad I found this site.

  • 30 Something Dude September 30, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Your site has helped me a lot and I no longer have to hide my dirty little secret http://www.30somethingdude.com/2014/09/my-dirty-little-secret.html

  • Medo Rock October 6, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I will start 100 day … who wants to help me ??? I need help someone to speak with me allways in my mail. Medorock0114@ gmail.com

  • Henry October 9, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Starting Tonight on the 100 day challenge… I am nervous and skeptical. I had no idea that this was such an issue and I want to really see if I can do this. I am in a relationship though and will probably continue with that. I could really use some support!

  • edwin October 19, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Im starting tonight. No fapping!!!! 7days of no fapping.

  • aviad November 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I joined NoFap.
    I totally in. I’m also recovering from sex and lust addiction in a 12 step program.

    I was wondering if we as Fapstronauts can sometimes suggest a 12 step program for people who struggles to complete challenges, or people who gets it, and looking for more. Is that common? Does a lot of people heard of or tired programs for sex addiction like, let’s say- Sexaholics Anonymous?

    What is your experience with that?

    Thanks for this amazing site, organization and hope!


  • Chucky November 4, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Do wet dreams end my streak in a noFap

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