The Big List of NoFap Terminology

The following is a list of terminology related to NoFap. Some of these words existed before NoFap. Many of them were devised by either us or the NoFap community.

  • Accountability Partners: Accountability partners are pairs who hold each other responsible for their sexual habits
  • Blue Petal: Female equivalent of blue balls.
  • Chaser Effect: The super-charged desire to masturbate that sometimes hits 1-3 days after sexual acts. Especially powerful early on in a reboot
  • DE: Delayed ejaculation
  • Death Grip: The tight-fisted grip on the penis many men develop by masturbating. Because it is much more constricted than the grip of an actual vagina, the death grip overstimulates the penis, reduces pleasure in the long run, and can make it difficult or impossible to orgasm with a woman.
  • Death Schlick: Women have their own version of the death grip, the Death Schlick — stimulating the clitoris very rapidly and energetically — which can have the same effects.
  • DE: Delayed ejaculation – can include inability to orgasm during intercourse (if severe enough)
  • ED: Erectile dysfunction – inability to maintain an erection during intercourse
  • Edging: Masturbation without orgasm.
  • Fapping: Internet-slang for the act of masturbation.
  • Fapstronaut: A NoFap user
  • Femstronaut: A female NoFap user
  • Flatlining: Many NoFappers report one or more periods of zero libido during their streak, especially in the 2-6 week period. Transitioning from an overexcited, always-eager libido to none at all can be disconcerting and even scary for the experienced masturbator, but many Fapstronauts report that it is only a phase in the reboot and will pass.
  • Hard Mode: Rebooting without any sexual release (even via a partner)
  • NSFL: Not safe for life. This is reserved for disgusting stuff.
  • NSFW: Not safe for work. This label is affixed to potentially-triggering content and should be viewed with caution (may cause some Fapstronauts distress)
  • PE: Premature ejaculation
  • PIV: Penis in vagina (sexual intercourse)
  • PMO: Porn/Masturbation/Orgasm. They come together like a Happy Meal and the toy.
  • PVO: Porn / Vibrator / Orgasm
  • Reboot: The process of restoring your brain to factory defaults. Said to take about 90 days (+/- 30 days), by anecdotal reports.
  • Relapse: For addicts, the act of returning to bad habits after a period of improvement. This is a serious word. Examples would include masturbating to porn (for a porn addict), significantly disrupting your life due to excessive masturbation (going on a 20x binge and skipping work), risky masturbation (masturbating in public), and other similarly life-disrupting activities due to an addiction.
  • Reset: Failing one of our programs/challenge. This stemmed from the act of resetting your day counter badge back to day one. If your masturbate during your challenge, this would be called a reset.
  • Schlicking: Female equivalent of “fapping” (masturbation).
  • The Surge: The period 5-14 days after the start of a streak often features a physically recognizable surge in energy and sexual drive, which seems to be associated with the fapstinence-induced testosterone surge observed in the study listed below.
  • YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary. Good words to remember, because no two reboots are exactly alike.


  • Anne October 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Just found this site through Google. I absolutely cannot have a boyfriend. Don’t want a relationship of any kind. So…I have to PMO. Love it and it’s ruining my life, i.e. not reading, exercising, going out, because I want to watch porn for hours and then play with my self and buy more sex toys. I even M in the car in parking lots and it doesn’t bother me at all to do it. Can’t get enough P or M. Looks like I need help, but I don’t want to stop. Masturbation is beautiful even when you can regulate doing it, and there’s no physical harm, no shame. It’s preferable to being a slut.

    • Mike October 20, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      You can have relationships without being a slut. Yeah I know females have bad stigma if they date multiple guys but that usually ends in high school and beyond that it’s just a label that doesn’t define you. I was called a nerd in high school and every name in the book but I know what I am and I won’t let one asshole/ bitch label me. If you are happy with PMO that’s one thing but when you say it ruins your life and you don’t want to stop, that sounds like a bad habit to me. I don’t want to stop either but unlike you I do want a relationship. A man can only be an island for so long. You just have to believe there is a world without pornography…

    • Question October 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Why can absolutely not have a boyfriend?

    • Brad November 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

      You need serious help.

    • Justin November 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      What about when somebody is a “Fapist” ? Sounds like it should be part of the terminology. I don’t exactly know what that would imply but…yeah

    • revere November 22, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Anne, no worries. You love P and M. It’s pretty normal. But you do also probably need to talk to someone, just so you know you have support to go through this. Support (i.e. counseling) doesn’t mean you need to stop, or you need to change anything. It just gives you someone to talk to whilst you’re going through it, so you don’t have to go through it alone.

  • Steve November 6, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who struggles with FFFF Syndrome (frequent fits of ferocious fabbing)

  • Steve November 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Oops; I meant “fapping” not “fabbing”

  • RtF November 10, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I tried this and I just got really tired/depressed after a couple of weeks. Also leaked precum non-stop. I am not so sure this is good for me…

  • question2 November 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Can you please include PIED (porn-induced erectile dysfunction)? I’ve seen that on NoFap ReddIt quite a bit too.

  • new vision December 27, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Anne… please consider seeking a lady of sound experience to talk to. Personally, in my experiences in this area its wise for men to hold other men accountable and ladies hold ladies accountable. All for the fact that women live with issues that men cannot relate to and vice versa. I know what you speak of, for I myself have lived with something similar for 15 + years.

  • txroller February 12, 2015 at 10:24 am

    need to add:

    Soft Mode – No masturbation while in a sexual relationship

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