Orgasms, both male and female, are incredibly fascinating. They feel great and they’re mentally and physically good for us too, but there’s still a whole lot we don’t know about them. Here are some facts about the male orgasm that might come as a surprise.
Not all male orgasms involve ejaculation. Although we often, if not always, associate male orgasms with ejaculation, come doesn’t have to be part of the equation for a guy to orgasm. Known as a dry orgasm, a small percentage of guys can orgasm without any ejaculation on the reg, while others can continue to do so over a period of hours, long after they’ve exhausted their semen for the evening.
There’s more than one type of male orgasm. Just like with women, when different areas of a man’s body are stimulated, he can experience different kinds of orgasms and yes, they feel different. For example, men also have a G-spot, the prostate, and when that’s stimulated, a man can have an orgasm. According to research and conversations I’ve had with my male friends who have experienced a prostate orgasm, it’s a deeper-feeling orgasm. One friend said it was just as good as the orgasm he gets from having his penis stimulated but in a completely different way. In other words, you might want to learn how to stimulate your partner’s prostate.
Sperm is fast AF. When a guy has an orgasm, that semen comes flying out of there at ridiculous speeds. Motored by the sperm that are out to find an egg to fertilize stat, ejaculation can reach 28 miles per hour, which is slightly faster than Usain Bolt’s world-record. Of course, as the night goes on, the speed drops but during the first ejaculation, that stuff is incredibly fast because it’s on a mission.
Guys have shorter orgasms than women. Not to put a damper on the male orgasm, but it can last anywhere from five to 20 seconds. Women, on the other hand, have orgasms lasting 10 to 30 seconds or, if they suffer from something known as Permanent Sexual Arousal Disorder, far longer—as in hours. While men can suffer from the disorder, it’s more common in women.
It’s not uncommon for men to fake an orgasm. According to various studies, as many as 28% of men have faked an orgasm at one point in their life. While women think we’ve cornered the market in that area, we really haven’t. Although reasons for faking it vary from being drunk, performance anxiety, or simply not being into, it happens.
Ejaculation amounts vary. According to the World Health Organization, that studies these types of things, the average volume of semen that a man ejaculates is about three-quarters of a teaspoon. However, similar to speed, that amount drops with the orgasms that follow over the course of a night. Interestingly, and because I know you’re dying to know, over the course of a man’s lifetime, he’ll apparently ejaculate roughly 14 gallons of come.
Not every orgasm can feel good. For men who suffer from Sexual Anhedonia, an orgasm doesn’t feel so great. Although the body goes about being aroused and ejaculation does follow, there is no pleasure. While it’s rare, when it’s finally diagnosed, doctors usually find that it’s caused by certain anti-depressants, like Paxil, Prozac, and/or Zoloft.
It takes most guys only seven minutes to orgasm. If you meet any guy who brags that he can go on and on, lasting for hours, as if he’s some Tantric sex wizard, take that information with a grain of salt. It takes most guys seven minutes to orgasm from start to finish. But it’s nice that they like to believe they can go longer. Bless their hearts.
Men have better orgasms during sex rather than masturbation. Although no one will ever knock solo self-pleasuring because it’s not just fun but healthy too, research has found that when men have sex with a woman, they release 400% more prolactin than when they jerk off. This doesn’t just make the experience better but also gives them an urge to cuddle, with the cuddling being even better.
Male orgasms are on par with heroin. According to brain scans, when a guy orgasms, the receptors in the ventral tegmental area of the brain going effing nuts. They actually light up in the same way that part of the brain of heroin users’ light up when they shoot up. Although I wouldn’t suggest becoming a junkie for this reason, whether your orgasm is the result of sex or masturbation, it’s still going to have the amazing effect on your brain and your body will reap the awesomeness of it all.
Ejaculation is affected by weight. While the average guy releases that three-quarters of a teaspoon of semen during his first ejaculation, men on the heavier side are more likely to produce only about a third of that during sex or masturbation. This is most especially the case of guys with a body mass index of 30 or higher, so we’re talking big guys here.
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