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: 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.


  • peter May 16, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I fail about once a month and binge out on looking at different porn for a short while and it makes me feel the same as an alcoholic after they have fallen off the waggon. I worked out it feeds the endorphin buzz in my brain. the nofap comments are good and i plan to get on a program

  • agel company May 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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  • Tatsuru May 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I’m trying nofap, but already failed many times. I often work out, never see porn after I decided to try it, but somehow my nofap often stops a few days. Please give me any advices.

    • kevin June 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Every time you have the urge to masterbate or watch porn, think about what life will be like in 50 years. If you continue with the program you’ll have tons of energy during your youth to establish friendships, relationship, and physical fitness. If you don’t you’ll settle, become a couch potato who finds easy and temporary satisfaction more appealing than the benefits of hard-work. You’ll ruin yourself. It’s hard but you need to remember, nothing in life worth having is every easy. This applies here.

  • Gloria May 26, 2014 at 2:05 am

    My husband of 23 years destroyed our marriage with his addiction to porn. He created a fantasy life which he was living through twitter and Instagram.
    He had convocted an alter ego as a single man and during the week he was leading that life, his life at home with me and his children, he used as a dumping ground for his work related frustrations and stress. As his real life became more unsatisfactory to him he retreated more and more into his fantasy life. He nearly bankrupted us, with his excesses of spending on luxuries and funding his affair with a young woman – who looked like the porn stars he was obsessed with watching. He got caught by me, as his arrogance was such that he was talking to his girlfriend from our family home, literally and figuratively lying on the marital bed.
    We are not talking about an ill educated man, he has a masters degree, he is the head of a large international company, and his addiction has made him deluded and fueled his mental illness.
    Pornography is dangerous, it degrades both men and women and degrades sex as well. In my case it has destroyed lives, destroyed trust, and literally caused a grown man in middle age to lose touch with reality.
    Do something about your addiction before it’s too late.

    • Al B May 30, 2014 at 5:37 am

      Thanks for this post it puts things clearly into perspective. My partner of the past 4 years, who I planned to ask to marry me in June has left me under similar circumstances. In my case I am a professional and nearly 50 yo. My addiction started as a child, I was sexually abused and introduced to porn. The reality of the abuse has only recently come to light through intensive therapy, so now dealing with the fallout. I totally accept my responsibilities and the pain I have caused. Furthermore I now hate porn and will avoid it at all cost.

    • Guest June 2, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Perhaps you would be interested in reading “Sex at Dawn” by Christopher Ryan. It may add another layer to your understanding of the downfall of your marriage and human sexuality in general.

    • kevin June 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      I feel you Gloria and I sympathize with you. It is definitely one of the 7 deadly sins to lust and for good reason.

    • DIVIJ KUMAR June 10, 2014 at 5:22 am

      u helped a lot

  • Jeange M'Paul June 1, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Hi all. I heard about this website and it’s challenges, and felt I would benefit from having a crack at the 7-day challenge. I went about it by myself rather than signing up to the site first.

    Problem – I’m now on day 7 and am going mad! My balls are aching and itching like mad. I had to have 2 cold showers yesterday to tame my erection and am going for another now. I cannot stop thinking about sex and nude women. I have nothing else to do today, and this is turning into a nightmare!

    Any advice anyone?? I only need to see out today, but don’t feel I can atm!!

    • Dawgg June 22, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Go get yourself a woman.

  • Jack June 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Fantastic site, keep up the good work! Nofap4life!

  • kevin June 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I’d like to suggest an addition to the nofaps. I know most guys like to put their hands in their pants while watching tv, playing games, or just sitting around. I think this could be counterproductive to the struggle. This is why I suggest that the only contact made should be during urination and showering. The rule “stroke it once it’s fine, twice it’s ok, three times you’re playing with yourself” should apply.

  • sadbunny June 15, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    when i got with my partner i picked him because he was on the same wavelength as me when it came to respect and anti pornography views.. my mother was abused and i read somewhere that 80% of porn stars were abused and messed up so iv just never put up with pornography in my life, my partner has ruined our relationship because he admitted to me he watched pornography every day whilst we were living apart and once after it he made an account on an adult site to hook up with local girls.. il never trust him again. we are together.. barely.. its tough because i feel like i dont really know who he is and i dont understand how someone can say they have respect for women but yet watch them prostitute themselves on a screen.. none of my other partners watched porn and porn guys say oooh they just lie .. they all watch it.. news flash.. no they dont, there are good wholesome guys out there, iv been with 5 of them. unfortunately i loved the porn watcher the most so im willing to give him a chance but i mean he lives in pretty much a prison, he doesnt get on the net when im not home,i have netnanny type things for his laptop and phone that only i know the codes for, he has no friends due to his so called best friends showing him porn at work, and he knows if he lies or cheats or watches porn we will be finished for good. when he would visit me he would have erectile difficulties (due to jerkin off so much) it caused so much stress i thought it was me, that i couldnt keep him turned on… porn harms 100% not just the poor girls on the screen,every day im reminded of his lack of love and respect for me and other women…i put on weight, my confidence has declined severely because my brain always says ” he prefers to see other chicks performing than be with u, u can even keep his d hard” =(

  • delete yourself July 10, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Porn and masturbation have definitely effected my sexual performance, and so now no fap will be a part of my recovery process.

  • dexter July 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    hello i started nofap challenge i did’nt fap watch porn or edge but i had a wet dream where i ejaculated is that mean i failed ?

    • AJ July 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      No u didn’t fail.
      Wet dreams occur ofton due to lack of sexual actions, so ur fine.
      Just keep going on with ur challenge, trust me once u break the habit it’s like freedom. I hope for the best for u

  • Mike is a sex addict July 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Starting over. I have struggled w/ porn since b4 the internet. I just installed accountability software (xxxchurch.com) and cut up my visa card. I’m signing up for the 30 day fast. Porn is starting to make me physically sick, we’re not just talking metaphysical here anymore. I’m on vacation!!

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