If you’re sexually active, you may have realized that it’s possible to ejaculate more than once in a sexual session.
Some men are lucky enough to cum multiple times in a single sexual encounter.
This may not be the norm, but it’s probably something you should be able to, explore.
Unfortunately, due to the refractory period after ejaculating, these orgasms won’t happen in succession.
Rather, they can occur after a certain amount of cooling down has taken place and you have built up enough stamina for the next round.
So, how much cooling off is required? How long does it take to cum again after an orgasm? How many times can you cum during a single session? The answers to these questions largely depend on you.
In this article, we explore your most pressing questions about the refractory period.
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How Long After Sex Can You Have Another Orgasm?
You may have realized that it’s difficult to become aroused again immediately, or soon after, experiencing an orgasm.
The time that elapses between one orgasm and the next depends on the length of the refractory period.
The refractory period refers to the length of time that elapses after an orgasm before you’re ready to be aroused again
This is actually a normal part of the four-part sexual response cycle which starts with excitement, before moving through the stages of plateau and orgasm before reaching the resolution stage.
It’s during this last phase that men start to experience the refractory period.
During this time, you won’t be able to experience arousal in the same way.
After an orgasm, your muscles start to relax, your heart rate slows and your body won’t be responsive to sexual stimulation. This is why it’s so hard to know how to stay hard after you cum.
When you experience the refractory period, sex will be the last thing on your mind, making it physically impossible for you to experience an orgasm or even become aroused.
So how long does this phase last?
According to one study, the refractory period can vary from 20 minutes to 24 hours.
Yes, there’s a large discrepancy here, but there’s a lot of variance among men regarding the length of their refractory periods.
The refractory period is the shortest during puberty and this period becomes longer with age.
During puberty, the refractory period lasts only a few minutes. For men in their thirties, this period may last up to 30 minutes or more.
According to research, the refractory period for older men may average between 12 and 24 hours.
So, does this mean unless you’re a teenage boy, you should give up on having more than one orgasm during a single sexual encounter? Not at all!
In fact, there are many factors besides age that can also influence the length of your refractory period.
How To Shorten The Refractory Period
Abstain From Partner Sex
Now that you know the refractory period exists you may be wondering how to shorten the length of the refractory period to extend your sexual encounter.
The frequency with which you masturbate or have intercourse may influence your refractory period.
This is because the refractory period lengthens after each orgasm. So, abstaining can go a long way in decreasing the length of your refractory period.
It’s also interesting to note that many men have a longer refractory period after partner sex than during masturbation.
So, if you want to have orgasms shortly after one another, you may want to try it during masturbation first.
Consuming alcohol before a sexual session can also increase the refractory period between orgasms.
So avoiding alcohol is key in shortening the time that elapses between orgasms.
It’s also important to maintain your overall sexual health by eating a healthy diet and engaging in exercise.
In fact, lifestyle factors are the most crucial element to male sexual health, and key to orgasming more frequently.
Treat Underlying Cause
For a small portion of men, the cause of short refractory periods may be an underlying sexual dysfunction such as premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, or retrograde ejaculation.
There are some supplements for premature ejaculation that can assist you in boosting your sexual performance and shortening the time of the refractory period.
So, it’s advisable to consult a physician if you think there’s some serious underlying medical cause.
Other Ways To Extend Sex Sessions
If you’re unable to shorten your refractory period, you may want to learn how to slow down ejaculation in order to extend your overall sexual sessions.
Similar to refractory periods, this varies a lot with the average time falling between 5 and 7 minutes and the overall average range varying between a minute and 30 minutes.
If you want to lengthen this time, you need to know what your average time is first. Then, you can work on increasing your average time, but this is easier said than done.
For many guys, it’s not that easy to learn ejaculation control.
Some remedies such as Kegel exercises (pelvic floor exercises) and edging (the process of delaying orgasm) have been recommended to increase control over the pelvic floor and ejaculation process.
While there’s no guarantee that this will shorten the time of your refractory period, it may help extend your overall sexual session.
Why Is There A Refractory Period After Orgasm?
You may be aware of the fact that male refractory periods are far longer than female refractory periods with most women being able to come minutes after their first orgasm.
The reason for this is that compounds called prostaglandins affect males’ overall nerve response which extends the refractory period for men.
In this regard, the male peripheral nervous system is more involved in the male’s body after achieving orgasm, leading to an increased refractory period.
How Many Times Can a Man Cum in a Row?
On average, most men can come between one and five times in a single session.
A very small percentage of men can have multiple orgasms, but these numbers are less than 10% for men in their 20s and less than 7% for men in their 30s.
The good news is that if you’re only able to come once during a session, you’re within the normal range.
After reading this, you should be aware that the main thing influencing your ability to cum after experiencing an orgasm, is the refractory period.
Luckily, the length of this period isn’t set in stone and can be shortened through abstinence, supplements, or lifestyle changes.
You can also use some other techniques to increase your stamina and extend your sexual encounters.
In general, men aren’t expected to cum more than once in a session, so any additional orgasms you have are bonuses to the status quo but don’t let it discourage you from trying to experience more than one orgasm and increase the intensity of your sexual sessions.
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