I began my NoFap journey back in January 2019. The scariest term I came across was NoFap Flatline.
Back in then, I was unfamiliar with this term. So, I decided to do some research but I was not satisfied with the information that I found online.
But after doing some deep research and reading a lot of books, I become familiar with this term. And to be honest, I found that flatline is not something you should be worried about.
It’s just a short period that you have to go through before enjoying all those amazing NoFap Benefits.
But first of all, you need to understand What Is NoFap Flatline?
Flatline is the stage of NoFap when you will experience Zero libido (Sexual Desire) and will start to see all the negative sides of NoFap. This simply means No Sexual Desire OR Urges for a specific amount of time that’s because your brain is going through A Rewiring Process.
During this stage, you don’t have any interest in girls, porn, and masturbation simply because you have no Libido. You start to lose interest in everything and you feel disengaged all the time.
An experienced masturbator may get scared by this situation thinking that their Libido is permanently gone. But you need to understand that your Libido is not gone permanently and will come back after a certain amount of time.
It’s just one of the NoFap Stages that every Fapstronaut has to go through.
In this blog post, I’ll share with you everything that I came to know about NoFap flatline backed-up with my personal experiences and from stories of successful fapstronaut.
And most importantly, I will also share with you guys the exact tips that I personally used to overcome the NoFap flatline.
Let’s dive right in
Table of Contents
Is NoFap Flatline Normal?
Flatline is a supernormal part of the NoFap and Semen Retention journey. It’s just a sign of your brain healing from excessive amounts of dopamine release and masturbating all day long.
Every Fapstronaut goes through a flatline. It’s not something to be worried about.
What is the Reason for NoFap Flatline?
Flatline indicates that you were heavily addicted to PMO (Porn, Masturbation, Orgasm). Your brain was Bombarded with Dopamine doses when you were doing PMO.
Now that you have stopped watching Porn and masturbation, your brain is basically removing all the excessive dopamine through this NoFap Reboot Process. Because our brain has to rebalance the Dopamine Reward system and goes from high dopamine secretion to nothing, it goes through a period of Flatline.
It’s just a sign that your brain is healing from porn addiction and nothing else.
What are the NoFap Flatline Symptoms?
Note: These Symptoms are temporary. They will fade away once your flatline period is over. Just read these symptoms to identify whether you are in flatline or not.
Urge to take drugs, alcohol, eat fast food, do gossips, watch T.V, relax because your brain is missing Dopamine doses which you used to get from doing PMO.
When I will Have NoFap Flatline?
NoFap timeline is different for everyone. It depends upon how much you were addicted to Porn and Masturbation.
Most often, people start to experience flatline, after 2-3 weeks of abstaining from Porn and Masturbation. But experiencing a flatline even after 4 days is normal.
I got it in the third week of NoFap. But again it’s different for everyone, someone may have it even after 90 days or 250 days of abstaining from PMO. The more you fapped, the earlier you will have Flatline.
How long does the NoFap flatline last?
Like I said NoFap flatline period is not the same for everyone. It again depends upon your age and how much you were addicted to Porn and Masturbation.
Since you are an adult, Neuroplasticity takes a long time to improve. The more you fapped in your life, the longer the Flatline will last.
Some people have reported up to several years of flatlining on NoFap Reddit, but if you ask me you don’t have to wait that much longer. My flatline ended after like 30 days.
Yes, I know that is still very long but still you have to keep hope and let things happen.
Should you watch Porn during NoFap Flatline?
Watching porn is probably the worst thing you can do during your flatline period. Not only it provokes you to relapse but it also delays the reboot process.
Most guys watch porn during the flatline period mainly because they think their libido is permanently gone and will never come back. So they try to test themselves by getting hard.
But in reality, your libido is not gone permanently and it will definitely come back after a certain amount of time. This happens because your brain is healing from all those heavy sexual stimulations and need some break.
So you should not watch porn at any given condition and if you do so, then it will slow down the healing process.
What are the stages of NoFap Flatline?
According to the NoFap.com, there are two Stages of Flatline – Withdrawal Flatline Phase and Coasting Flatline Phase.
1.Withdrawal Flatline Phase
This is the hardest phase of flatline. In this phase, you feel depressed, anxious, lonely, hopeless, and all the other flatline symptoms mentioned above, throughout the whole day. You have to keep yourself calm because this is the phase that has the highest possibility of relapsing. You have to understand that this phase lasts for only 10 – 15 days. If you can pass this phase, you can have better control over yourself.
2.Coasting Flatline Phase
Once you entered into this phase, most of your withdrawals are over, your moods are stabilized, you feel better mentally and feel less depressed. However, you still do not have a WORKING LIBIDO. No Sexual Desire means No real attraction toward girls. Your main issue during this phase is boredom, anhedonia, and insomnia. Most people try to relapse during this phase thinking that their Libido is permanently gone. But you have to understand that your Libido is not gone anywhere and will come back.
Does NoFap Flatline affect your sleep?
Yes definitely, it does affects your sleep. But it’s not something to worry about.
It’s totally NORMAL.
It’s just because your brain is doing a lot of readjusting, and this is just something you need to deal with while it stabilizes new neurochemical levels.
NO PAIN, NO GAIN situation!
Does NoFap Flatline cause numbness?
Yes, it does cause Numbness to your body including your genitals for a specific amount of time. But again, you should not worry about it.
It’s Normal to have NoFap Flatline Numb. Your body will be back to normal when the flatline period ends.
All you have to do is let things happen. Numbness is because of the dopamine receptors rewiring themselves.
Just keep calm and engage in physical activities like exercising, dancing, running and etc.
How to cure low libido during flatline?
Low Libido during flatline is common. You will have a lower sexual desire for a certain period of time during this NoFap stage. But for some guys, this stage may last for a very long time. It may even last for 1 to 3 years which can be a really scary situation.
So for them, I have found a really good solution. The solution is to take a natural testosterone booster. This will gradually boost your low libido without having any side-effects.
One of the best things to do during your flatline period is to go out and engage yourself in some sort of physical activity.
This can be simply running, going to the GYM, playing your favorite sports or just walking on the street. This will take you out from your comfort zone and from your own negative thoughts.
So whenever you feel depressed or extremely horney, engage yourself in some sort of physical activity.
It will prevent you from a relapse and will help you move further in your NoFap journey.
As I mentioned above, flatline is basically a period where your brain is going through a healing process. This healing process takes a lot of time and patience. And sometimes can be really frustrating.
But I have good news for you!
The good news is – You can speed up the whole process by doing one simple task, that is Meditation!
Meditation is a great habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts towards a positive outlet. This helps your brain heal faster from the damage caused by porn.
So I highly recommend doing 15 minutes of meditation daily to cure your flatline period and redirect your thoughts.
Like I said above – Your Libido Will come back after a certain amount of time. No need to worry about it. Just let things happen. And do not quit NoFap during flatline because this is the most important and difficult period. But if you successfully pass through it, you will be porn free.
At the end of the day, you need to be strong, believe in yourself and keep hope in NoFap.