All About Male Orgasms
Author: Sunny Rodgers, ACS
ILLUSTRATIONS BY ARI SAPERSTEIN
The description of a male climax and a volcanic eruption are almost interchangeable – An energetic discharge of tension and hot material expelled with force from deep within.
According to Masters and Johnson’s four-phase model, the orgasm is a short climatic phase of the sexual response cycle. With a male orgasm, muscles involuntarily contract as heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure rise. Repeated contractions occur at the base of the penis as semen is ejaculated.
Elixir of Life
Statistics from the World Health Organization state that the average male produces 1.5 to 5 milliliters of semen at each ejaculation. Semen is chock full of amazing health benefits, given that sperm only comprises 3 percent of semen, while the rest of the fluid is comprised of 200 separate proteins. Semen is rich in vitamins and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, vitamins B12 and C, zinc, potassium and more. According to research by The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), Spermine, a compound found in sperm, contains potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. Research by Gordon Gallup and Rebecca Burch (the State University of New York at Albany) and psychologist Steven Platek (University of Liverpool) concluded that semen, and with it sperm, provides mood-elevating estrone and oxytocin, affection-promoting cortisol, sleep-inducing melatonin and antidepressant qualities.
There is even a semen recipe book, Natural Harvest: A collection of semen-based recipes, that touts the health benefits of ingesting semen. Watch out turmeric, kale and coconut water— a new superfood is on the market!
Many Taoists during the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) of China believed that the loss of semen led to the loss of their vital life force. While some Taoists pledged to never ejaculate, others created specific sexual practices to extend the period between their orgasm and ejaculation. Some of these ancient methods are still used today.
Are orgasms and ejaculation the same or different?
Studies by Benjamin Breyer of the University of California, San Francisco, found male orgasms and ejaculation are two separate physiological processes. Orgasm is experienced first as a sexual pleasure peak, followed by the ejaculation of semen.
How can men develop stronger orgasms?
For better orgasms, focus on your penis and the pleasurable sensations it is experiencing. In Female Orgasms 101, I shared that the brain is your biggest sexual organ as it is where your sex drive stems from. If your brain and mind are fully engaged in the act of orgasming, you will have a stronger, more intense orgasm.
Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, specifically, your pubococcygeus muscle which contracts rhythmically during orgasm will help improve the intensity of climaxes and create stronger orgasmic contractions.
Pelvic floor muscles are the layer of muscles that support abdominal and pelvic organs. If you squeeze your pelvic muscles to stop your urine mid-stream, you’ve isolated your pelvic floor muscles. Squeezing this pubococcygeus muscle can also make your penis bounce. Making these muscles stronger allows for greater control of your orgasms.
To exercise, squeeze these muscles, holding tight for 2-3 few seconds and release. Repeat 10-20 times in a row up to three times each day. For maximum results, these exercises should be done on a regular basis.
Try edging. Edging is a form of orgasm control. Also called peaking or surging, the technique is used to bring yourself to the edge of your climax… and then stop without ejaculating. Try masturbating for 20-30 minutes without ejaculation. Control your breathing and take deep breaths. Allow your arousal to subside each time. Edging also allows you to feel when you’re close to climaxing and experience fully each sensation that arises close to your peak. This aids you during partner sex by allowing you to maintain your erection for a longer period of time.
The longer you can delay having an orgasm, the stronger the physical sensations will be when climax is reached. Edging will not only help a man prolong his sex play, but will also lead to stronger, more satisfying orgasms.
Enjoy more penetrative sex. According to studies by Professor Stuart Brody, Ph.D., the body releases 400% more of the hormone prolactin, which the International Society for Sexual Medicine states regulates sexual satisfaction, following vaginal penetration than it does after masturbation. Although this study focused only on vaginal penetration, penetrative sex can include anal play and sex toys. When you do finally allow yourself to orgasm after practicing edging, the experience will be incredibly powerful.
The Annual Global Orgasm for World Peace has been held every year since 2010 on Winter Solstice. They believe orgasms can be used as collective prayers. Whether with a partner or with yourself, will you join their event this year?