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The question regarding whether masturbating affects one's voice due to any effects it may have on the vocal cords is an interesting one.

Anecdotal evidence exists where individuals have stated that masturbating causes their voices to become lower. The theory behind this is possibly due to the increased production of testosterone which occurs with climax in men and this causes the vocal cords to relax which leads to the production of a lower voice tone.

This process would be a temporary and short-lived effect which would resolve, at the latest, after a few hours. Therefore, there is no reason to believe that, in those who would seek such a benefit, masturbation would lead to the development of a lower voice.

What Causes a Low-sounding Voice?

The main reason for changes in a male's voice is due to the physical changes that occur in the body when the testicles start to produce the hormone testosterone.

One of these physical changes involves the larynx in the throat, also referred to as the voice box. Testosterone causes a young boy's larynx to get bigger and the vocal cords to lengthen and thicken.

The short vocal cords of children produce voices that are high in pitch. When the cords enlarge, the individual will then produce a lower-pitched voice. As the vocal cords and larynx are enlarging, they cause the voice to sound as if it is cracking.

These changes can occur rapidly, over a few weeks, or even months. The end result is that once the larynx and vocal cords have enlarged and lengthened completely, the person's voice becomes deeper and more resonant.

When girls go through puberty, their vocal cords also lengthen. The growth of the vocal cords and larynx are milder though so their voice changes are mild compared to male.

Causes of Voice Changes

After puberty there are certain stages and conditions that can cause one's voice to become higher or lower in pitch and they include the following:

  • Normal loss of muscle mass - after the age of 30, the body starts to lose muscle mass and the larynx and vocal cords can be affected resulting in a higher-pitched voice.
  • Physical and emotional stressors - when one is under a particular amount of stress, the muscles around the vocal cords become tense and this limits the function of these tissues.
  • Dried-out mucous membranes - when the tissue around the vocal cords is dry, this limits the ability for the cords to function properly. Causes of dry mucous membranes may include not drinking enough water, drinking excessive amounts of caffeine-containing beverages, smoking, and using medications such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and certain blood pressure agents.
  • Infections - bacterial, fungal, and viral infections affecting the soft tissue of the larynx can affect the vocal cords. Inflammation of the tissue around the cords applies pressure to the tissues and this also limits their movement which causes one's voice to sound deeper and huskier.
  • Growths or masses on the vocal cords - any lesion on the vocal cords can cause one's voice to change in pitch and intensity.

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