When it comes to masturbation, the holy grail of the deed, for many, are the highly coveted multiple orgasms. Multiples are awesome, but unfortunately, they’re not for people with penises… Right? Can men have multiples too? Are multiple orgasms for men just a myth? Is it possible to shoot your shot more than once at a time? Let’s investigate!
The Refractory Period
That span of time right after emptying the tank is called the refractory period. During this time, after the ejaculation party has ceased, nerve endings aren’t physically responsive to stimulation–almost a PTSD of the D, if you will. A ton of factors come into play when it comes to the length of the refractory period.
The average refractory period for an 18 year old is 15 minutes. Not so bad! One thing that’s definitely not a myth is that young people tend to have high sex drives. At this age, our bodies are specifically primed to come quicker and more often.
To contrast, the average refractory period for a 70 year old is a whopping 20 hours! The average for all men clocks in at around half an hour. But are there people who take even less recovery time or don’t experience the dreaded refractory period at all?
The Gifted Few
Most experience hyper-sensitivity and a reduced or depleted sexual desire after climax. But there is a certain sect of the penis-having population that can keep on pumping. For those people, their brains actually don’t create the chemical that tells their body to hold their horses. They’re able to continue and soldier on even after reaching their destination. I can speak from personal experience that this encounter can be puzzling. I thought we were going to get off the ride once we reached the station, only to find out we were going to get right back on. It was at once peculiar, alarming, and exhilarating. And my partner continuing brought my own orgasm engine revving back to life.
So is this superpower of multiple orgasms for men something you can only be born with, or is there a way to train yourself into it?
Take physical charge.
Some studies show that it is possible to shorten or even eliminate the refractory period. Certain drugs that help with erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation actually help eliminate and reduce the refractory period, so your O’s can be the gifts that keep on giving.
As with most functions of the body, diet and exercise can help your cause too. The more blood flow to the brain and penis, the quicker your body can cycle through the oxytocin released that creates the refractory period. Translation–keeping the body tight, gives you energizer bunny potential so you can keep going and going and going.
Change your mindset for multiple orgasms.
Other studies have hypothesized that by changing your mindset, you can actually eliminate the refractory period. It’s similar to pain management. They say when you stub your toe to pinch your arm. Pain receptors will then go to your arm, easing the pain of your toe.
Similarly, some studies have shown this to be true about sexual recovery. By envisioning that you want to have sex quickly after shooting your shot, you’re actually dictating to your body what you want it to do.
Enjoy the down time.
Multiple orgasms for men is not a myth. However, if you’re one of those people who is one and done and needs a recovery time, enjoy the down time! It’s an opportunity to go down on your partner while you recover. Maybe take a bubble bath with them or give them an erotic massage. Remember that sex isn’t over until everyone involved is satisfied. If you need to take a refractory period, continue to engage sexually until you’re ready to Paul Revere and ride once more!
Lumi Park is a writer, foodie, and Capricorn, from the cornfields of Ohio. He once won a NYC bartending award, a Brooklyn-wide comic book Trivia Bowl, and went to nationals two years in a year for the sport of jump roping. He is oddly not competitive.