This just doesn't make sense to me, but I know it's true. After going ~1 week (sometimes only several days) without ejaculating via masturbation, I can feel the physical difference. I feel more powerful, energetic, boisterous, my posture improves, I say whatever I want, and I chase girls persistently. And the opposite is true, after succumbing to masturbation, I feel lazy for a few days and don't have the same drive to talk to girls.
But how can a sexual orgasm actually BOOST T-levels? Of course sexual ejaculation is better, otherwise every guy would curl into a mossy cave, grow a neckbeard, and feed their fat gut. But how is this climax fundamentally different than masturbation to the point where it actually stimulates T-levels?
It doesn't look like we've come to a firm conclusion yet. There's a lot of shitty/disagreeable information floating around (at least according to the bit of research The Google gave me) and this expected, a bunch of new boys shit posting on asktrp.
But so far:
some are saying the lack of drive to chase girls is more PSYCHOLOGICAL than PHYSIOLOGICAL (physical)
involves more than simply testosterone — hormones such as dopamine, oxytocin, & prolactin
that an increase in drive/testosterone does not require sex, it can be stimulated by simply being PHYSICAL with a girl (which I would agree with in terms of my personal experience, it drives me to go further)
sex is more physically exhausting, and we know working out bumps up our T-levels — is there a correlation/causation?
But I don't think we've reached a firm conclusion. Which makes sense! What company is going to support this kind of research?