Do Saunas Increase Testosterone?

Do Saunas Increase Testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone that is responsible for many things in the body, including muscle growth, bone density, and sex drive. As men age, their testosterone levels naturally decline, which can lead to a variety of health issues. Many men are turning to sauna sessions as a way to increase their testosterone levels. But are sauna sessions effective for increasing testosterone? In this article, we will explore the science behind sauna sessions and testosterone.

How Do Saunas Increase Testosterone?

A sauna is a small room or building designed to heat up to high temperatures. Saunas can be dry or wet, with dry saunas using heated rocks to create heat and wet saunas using steam. Sauna sessions typically last for 15-20 minutes to avoid heat stress, and participants sit or lie down inside the sauna.

Do saunas increase testosterone? There is some evidence to suggest that sauna sessions can increase testosterone levels. One study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that men who participated in sauna sessions twice a week for three months had increased levels of testosterone compared to men who did not participate in sauna sessions. The study also found that the men who participated in sauna sessions had increased levels of luteinizing hormone, which is responsible for stimulating the production of testosterone.

Another study published in the Journal of Human Kinetics found that men who participated in sauna sessions after exercise had increased levels of testosterone compared to men who did not participate in sauna sessions. The study suggests that sauna sessions may enhance the effects of exercise on testosterone levels.

What are the Other Health Benefits of Sauna Sessions?

In addition to potentially increasing testosterone levels, sauna sessions have a variety of other health benefits.

Improved cardiovascular health

Regular sauna sessions can help improve circulation of blood cell, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Pain relief

Saunas can help to alleviate muscle and joint pain, as the heat and steam can help to relax and soothe sore muscles and reduce inflammation.

Stress reduction

Saunas have been shown to help reduce stress and promote relaxation, which can have a positive impact on mental health, and overall well-being including stress hormone.

Improved skin health

The heat and steam in saunas can help to open up pores, cleanse the skin, and improve overall skin health.


Saunas can help to promote sweating, which can aid in the detoxification process and help to eliminate toxins from the body.

Enhanced immune function

Regular sauna sessions have been shown to boost the immune system, making the body more resilient to illness and infection.

Weight loss

While not a substitute for regular exercise and a healthy diet, saunas can help to support weight loss efforts by promoting sweating and increasing calorie expenditure.

Respiratory benefits

Saunas can help to open up airways and improve respiratory function, making them beneficial for individuals with asthma or other respiratory conditions.

Improved sleep

The relaxation and stress-reducing effects of saunas can help to promote better sleep and alleviate insomnia.

Increased longevity

Some studies have suggested that regular sauna use may be associated with a longer lifespan and reduced risk of premature death.

Are Sauna Sessions Safe?

Sauna sessions are generally safe for most people. However, some precautions should be taken to ensure safety. Sauna sessions can cause dehydration, so it is important to drink plenty of water before and after a sauna session. Sauna sessions can also cause dizziness or fainting, so it is important to listen to your body and exit the sauna if you feel uncomfortable.

Sauna sessions may not be safe for everyone. People with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or high blood pressure, should consult with their doctor before participating in sauna sessions. Pregnant women should also avoid sauna sessions.


Sauna sessions may be an effective way to increase testosterone levels, but more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between sauna sessions and testosterone. Sauna sessions have a variety of other health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, immune function, and mental health. Sauna sessions are generally safe for most people, but precautions should be taken to ensure safety. If you are interested in trying sauna sessions, talk to your doctor to determine if it is safe for you.

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