TRYING TO GET SEX STARTED AGAIN AFTER YOUR FIRST ROUND SEEMS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR MEN DUE TO SOMETHING CALLED THE REFRACTORY PERIOD. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE TO SHORTEN IT?
Is there anything more frustrating than having great sex and wanting to go for another round, but not being physically able to? There’s actually a scientific term for this: the refractory period.
“A refractory period is the time after a man ejaculates when he is no longer able to have an erection,” Emily Morse, sexologist and host of the Sex With Emily podcast, tells MensHealth.com.
While there’s not much you can do to eliminate your refractory period altogether (hey, you can’t fight science), there are things you can do to make your recovery time shorter. Here’s everything you need to know about refractory periods, from why they occur in the first place, to how you can try to shorten yours.
WHY DO GUYS HAVE REFRACTORY PERIODS?
It all has to do with the changes in your body that occur after you have an orgasm. Post-ejaculation, “your penis becomes flaccid from neural signals telling your body to relax,” explains Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD, Urologist at Orlando Health and Assistant Professor at UCF College of Medicine. “Dopamine and testosterone levels drop, and prolactin [a hormone produced by your pituitary gland] rises.”
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