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How The Male Orgasm Works: The Male Ejaculation Process Explained

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Let’s be honest — A lot of men take the male orgasm for granted. Anyone mature enough knows how to have one. But there’s a good chance that you don’t know how the male orgasm works.

The thing about male ejaculation is that it’s not a straightforward process. Different parts of the male body have to process a ton of information then work together to give you that pleasure you get when you climax.

Today, let’s take some time to understand all the things that make the male orgasm possible.

Understanding the Journey Leading to Male Ejaculation

Men can’t get an orgasm out of nowhere. 

Several things need to happen before a penis can release semen. We can simplify the process by breaking it down into steps:

  1. You have to get into a state of arousal.
  2. You have to reach the pre-orgasm phase (otherwise referred to as plateau).
  3. You achieve an orgasm.

All of these would need to happen in order before a man experiences an orgasm. But what happens during each step? 

Let’s explore each step a bit further.

Arousal Preceding Male Pre-Orgasm

When you find someone or something that piques your sexual interest, your brain sends a signal to your sex organs. This reaction causes blood to fill in the arteries of the penis until it expands and becomes fully erect.

The blood is held in the penis by a membrane called tunica albuginea. When the muscles in the penis contract, the process is reversed causing the penis to become flaccid once more.

If you’re having trouble getting or maintaining an erection, it’s possible that you’re suffering from physiological or psychological issues. To know for certain, you should go and consult a doctor.

Pre-Orgasm (Plateau) Phase of the Male Ejaculation Process

When you reach the plateau phase, your body is already preparing for the release of fluids — semen to be more specific. You’ll feel muscle tension by this point, which will only intensify as you get closer to male ejaculation.

Your heart will start beating faster. And clear fluid could start to flow from the urethra. This is pre-ejaculatory fluid. It’s something that’ll help your sperm to survive its journey.

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With enough stimulation and friction, you’ll reach the eventual conclusion, which is the male orgasm. A male orgasm will occur in three stages.

  • Stage 1: The prostate gland and the seminal vesicles will secrete the semen. Then tubes in your penis will start to contract and push the semen toward the base of your penis. This is referred to by some as the “point of no return” since these muscle contractions signify that penis ejaculation is inevitable.
  • Stage 2: The muscles in your penis will start pumping out the semen every 08 seconds. The penis might contract around five times before it’s able to dispose of all of your fluids. The International Society for Sexual Medicine puts the volume of semen at 1.25 and 5.00 ml or roughly a teaspoon’s worth is released after an orgasm.
  • Stage 3: Post-ejaculation, you’ll start losing the erection and the penis will re-enter a relaxed state. There are cases where the penis will remain firm for a couple of seconds before fading. Some refer to this stage as resolution and refraction.

If you’re looking to have sex again, you’ll need to give your penis time to recover. As to how long, it’ll depend on a number of factors like your age and testosterone level. For older people, it could take as long as 10 to 20 hours. 

The average time it takes to achieve an erection after ejaculation is 30 minutes.

According to a study, some men reported having multiple orgasms though very little is known about this phenomenon at this time.

But if you’re using an erectile dysfunction device, you’ll have some control over when you get an erection.

Ejaculation or Orgasm Issues in Men

While reaching orgasm might come easy for some, there are men who have sexual dysfunction problems doing so, such as impotence, erectile dysfunction, or premature ejaculation. 

There are different reasons why this could be the case. Some could have psychological issues that hamper their ability to ejaculate

There are also cases wherein a person’s masturbation behavior impacts their sexual function. Some find it too hard to finish while others orgasm way too fast — the latter of which is more commonly referred to as premature ejaculation.

In younger men, sometimes premature ejaculation boils down to not having enough experience. This is not always the case, so it’s best to consult a medical professional for a specialized diagnosis.

Here are a few conditions related to orgasms for reference:

  • Retrograde Ejaculation: These are orgasms where very little semen is released during ejaculation.
  • Orgasmic Anejaculation: Also known as dry orgasm, this mostly happens when a man has low testosterone, sperm duct blockage, an enlarged prostate, or high blood pressure. It can also happen as a side effect of bladder or prostate surgery.
  • Anorgasmia: This is a condition where a man is unable to reach orgasm due to psychological (stress, trauma, etc.) or physiological (diabetes, hypertension, hypogonadism, etc.) conditions. Treatments for anorgasmia include switching medications, psychotherapy, and testosterone replacement therapy

Some issues are so severe, that men would sometimes fake their orgasms. According to a report, 28% of men occasionally fake orgasms.

Consult a Men’s Sexual Health Specialist If Experiencing Trouble Ejaculating or Achieving Male Orgasm

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If you have trouble with orgasm, you should talk with a men’s sexual health professional.

That’s because orgasms are not just about achieving pleasure. It’s an important part of a healthy relationship between partners. And it can also have great effects on a man’s health. A Metro news report stated that men who ejaculate 21 times a month have a third of a chance of reducing their risk of prostate cancer.

Doctors can recommend solutions that are ideal for your situation including non-invasive options such as sex therapy. This involves a series of exercises that you and your partner could do so that you’re not as pressured when having sex and shift your focus to having fun.

Another possible route your doctor could take you is the use sex toys to help stimulate your penis, practice self-control, and encourage ejaculation.

Doctors will also be able to tell you if you have an underlying condition that’s affecting your sex life.

Always remember that if you ever have problems reaching an orgasm, help is available. Don’t let an issue like this keep you from enjoying your sex life. If you’re having issues with erectile dysfunction (ED) or premature ejaculation (PE), call the team at Paramount Men’s Medical Center in St. Louis to schedule an appointment to have a consultation with their experienced and specially trained medical staff. We are a leading men’s clinic providing erectile dysfunction treatment, premature ejaculation therapy among many other treatments to help men’s sexual health.

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