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 programs to abstain from masturbation. Approximately sixty people participated in NoFap’s first month-long challenge in 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.


  • Jermaine November 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I had a sore throat back in Oct. Of this year which restricted from physical activity and have not pleasure since. I admit still get erections of course, but fortunately no releases. So with being my question is how can stop fantasing and control erections. Keep answers straightforward please.

    • ffff December 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      by dying. seriously. the urge for reproduction aka sex is the most basic human instinct. its not normal if u never have any sexual fantasies or such.

    • Max January 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      to have a boner, in the nights is kind of preventing from becoming completely impotent, i heared.

    • tips January 27, 2015 at 12:47 am

      try looking more at dead people or dread corpse video when decomposing, u can try to link to dead body everytime u have some reaction…

  • Badumc November 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I’ve been trying to find some medical references to widely spread information that:
    Masturbation and porn addiction causes lower back pain, lack of self motivation, lack of confidance and many more. But I couldn’t find any appropriate materials.
    Does anyone have medical and psychological references to such a hypothesis?

    • China quit porn team December 4, 2014 at 7:35 am

      There is a Post Bar in China, called quit porn.This Post Bar very good.

    • Mehran January 18, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      I do not have any medical proof of physical affects to excess masturbation, but I have always been an active person (doing sports, etc) and recently when I jumped from about from about 5m into water, I had an unprecedented lower back pain for a month. It is all because of excess masturbation (every other day)

  • Caribou January 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Why require an e-mail? Given the many issues surrounding recovery and the need many may feel for confidentiality.

  • joe January 15, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I stumbled onto a ted talks segment called the great porn experiment and it referred me to your web site.I spent to many days and nights alone with one hand on the computer mouse and the other on the trouser mouse .I’ve lived with the isolation,the sense of hopelessness,depression,lack of intimacy with my spouse and most of the other progressive disorders associated with heavy long term use of porn.Its time to draw a line in the sand.

  • ellnback January 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I am interested to hear if anyone has quit porn out of love for their partner and the effects it has had on their relationship. The reasons given on the home page or wherever seem to be quite selfish ones. Free up space. Improve dysfunction etc. Has anyone given up because they realise and understand the impact masturbating over people who are not your partner has on their partner? I am female. I know men view porn differently to women (visual etc) for me it is deeply deeply hurtful to have my cherished partner for whom I save and direct all my sex drive and urges. Wank over other women.

    • redditor January 26, 2015 at 3:23 am

      ellnback, I recommend you post your question on reddit.com/r/nofap
      I don’t have a girlfriend atm, so I can’t really answer your q, but when I did have a gf, I very much saw porn as a betrayal. And yet it took me a long time to get off porn (and still only juuuuust managing now). All the best

    • Willpower March 6, 2015 at 4:28 am

      Hi ellnback,
      My family has this this issue. if you want to discuss the affects and how to help yourself (and your partner) regarding the addiction please email me. RufusTBMartin@gmail.com. I might be able to help.

      all the best ru

  • michael January 22, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    16 January 2015 is my sobriety date .I hereby commit to this new way of life. One day at a time.
    For my wife and my children.

  • Hansellout January 26, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    This is it – I’m doing a 100 days free of anything related to PMO. Just found this site today. I’ve done one month of no PMO a long time ago, but I’ve been inspired to break my personal record starting today – thanks to this site. Please give me some moral support as I complete this goal, thanks!

  • Andrew February 9, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I am on day 27 of nofap and it is reallh turning heads and sparking curiosity in others. I even have women wanting to get with me and I turn them down. It feels great having control of my life and my body, not chained down to incessant masturbstion!

  • Johnisawe February 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Found this website today. I have decided to quit porn and masturbation for lent and was looking for some help guides. This is truly a great website.

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