Can you get an erection right after orgasm?
It may not be possible to get an erection right after orgasming because of something called the ‘refractory period’.
What is the refractory period? – the recovery time following orgasm. Following sexual pleasure and orgasm, the body has a period of recovery as it returns to its normal state. During the refractory for men, the penis becomes flaccid and doesn’t respond to sexual stimulation. It also means they are not able to reach orgasm until the recovery stage has passed. In younger men, the refractory period may only last a few minutes whereas in older men it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours.
Although, scientists are unsure why refractory periods differ between men and there is little you can do to shorten them, medications such as Viagra and Cialis can reduce recovery time.
What if I lose my erection because I orgasm too quickly? – in this case, the best way to keep your erection might be to get treatment for premature ejaculation, which is when you orgasm too quickly. There are two types of premature ejaculation:
- You’ve always had the problem
- Often has a psychological cause
- Traumatic sexual experience
- Recently developed premature ejaculation
- Can be caused by psychological or physical factors
- Increased alcohol consumption
- Inflammation of the prostate gland
Treatment of premature ejaculation will depend on the cause – if it’s a physical cause, then you will need to treat the underlying issue. For example, if it’s due to your alcohol consumption you will need to cut down. Treating the psychological issues can be challenging but you can get help from your GP who will talk you through the best options. There are also medications like Priligy or Emla.