- 3. Orgasm
This phase can be further divided into two sub-parts. The first one is emission, where ejaculation becomes inevitable. Immediately after that, the second sub-phase follows, which is the ejaculation itself. It is accompanied by active contractions of anus, penile and perineal muscles, which is to promote shooting semen out.
During this phase, neurochemicals flood the brain’s reward center triggering a strong emotional release, which is a typical attribute of an orgasm.
The lateral orbitofrontal cortex, another brain area, is shut down fully while this process is developing. It is known to play a key role in an individual’s self-control and judgment. This is why men tend to describe orgasms as a period of time when nothing else really matters.
Resolution and Refraction
Right after an orgasm, a phase of resolution follows. The penis loses its erection gradually, and the feeling of ultimate relaxation comes to overwhelm, which can result in drowsiness.
The refractory period, or simply refraction, is the post-climax stage characterized with a man’s inability to achieve an erection again, even if stimulation is applied. This stage can last from 15 minutes in young men up to a day in older individuals.
Is a Multiple Orgasm in Men Possible?
Multiple orgasms are a series of orgasms successively occurring within several seconds or minutes. In this case, ejaculation will not occur after each orgasm as this is impossible physiologically. So the successive climaxes will be pure psychological events involving all ejaculation-specific emotional components.
According to scientific studies conducted on the subject, only 10% of young men about 20 years old and 7% maximum of 30-years old men are multiorgasmic, that is they are really able to experience this kind of emotional discharge.
There are two types of multiple orgasms:
- Condensed – when 2 to 4 individual and clearly defined orgasms come within several seconds to a couple of minutes.
- Sporadic – when the refraction stage is delayed. This makes it possible to achieve more orgasms within a short period of time.
Along with age, there are other factors affecting the ability to experience multiple orgasms. Just a few to name are: taking psychoactive drugs, intercourse with multiple partners, having a new sex partner, enhancing the stimulation effect with sex toys etc. The above consideration leads us to the conclusion that being multiorgasmic depends more on an arousal level achieved than on any individual-specific physiological or hormonal characteristics.
Orgasm Disorders in Men
Orgasm disorders should not be confused with ejaculation disorders as the latter term is about the actual semen emission only and includes premature ejaculation, inability to ejaculate and so-called retrograde ejaculation when semen fluid is thrown to the bladder rather than outside.
Sometimes also, too little amount of semen is produced during orgasms, which is known under the term of orgasmic anejaculation or dry orgasm. The condition occurs mainly after prostate or bladder surgery. Low testosterone levels, high blood pressure and an enlarged prostate can be the factors too.
Another common condition to mention is anorgasmia where a person cannot achieve orgasms at all. Being directly opposite to multiple orgasms, this condition can be found both in men and women. Most of the time, the underlying cause is psychological problems, which may include stress, performance uncertainty or psychological trauma. Hypertension, diabetes, low testosterone levels and other conditions can play their role too. Additionally, prostate surgery and taking certain medications to treat depressive states are known to add to the problem.
How anorgasmia should be treated depends on the specific underlying cause. Generally, the most common approaches are: psychotherapy, switching medications, taking drugs able to boost the male patient’s response, testosterone replacement therapy etc.
Notwithstanding a common misconception, erectile dysfunction-focused drugs, such as Viagra, are useless in treating orgasm-related problems. Affecting only the blood amount supplied to the penis, they actually do not boost a patient’s libido and work only when sexual stimulation is applied.