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Multiple Orgasms in Men: Are They Even Possible?

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Multiple Orgasms in Men: Are They Even Possible?

The orgasm is the pinnacle of sexual stimulation and is a response that leads to tremendous pleasure. Wouldn’t it be great if we could experience this pleasure more than once during a sexual interaction? Enter multiple orgasms. Often when men orgasm, they experience a post-ejaculation refractory period and lose arousal as a result. The refractory period can leave men out of action for anywhere between 15 minutes to 20 hours. When a man ejaculates the fun could be over for some time. 

Multiple orgasms may therefore be more associated with females, with the area of male multiple orgasms (MMOs) somewhat under-researched. Male multiple orgasms seemingly defy the logic and restrictions of the refractory period, enticing interest from curious men and their partners alike. This article explores what male multiple orgasms are, the myths and misconceptions surrounding them, as well as the techniques which may help you achieve them.

TLDR Summary

  • The orgasm is the peak of sexual pleasure, with multiple orgasms being the ability to experience this pleasure multiple times in quick succession.
  • Male multiple orgasms challenge the common belief about the refractory period that follows male ejaculation.
  • A 1989 study revealed some men naturally have multiple orgasms, while others achieve it through deliberate techniques.
  • Male orgasm and ejaculation are distinct functions, and separating them can be key to multiple orgasms.
  • Methods to achieve multiple orgasms include edging, stimulating less sensitive areas, using sex toys, Kegel exercises, focused breathing, and consistent practice.
  • Preventing ejaculation and focusing on orgasm may help in achieving male multiple orgasms.
  • Although the potential for male multiple orgasms exists, research is limited, and personal practice and exploration are recommended.


What is a Male Multiple Orgasm

Male multiple orgasms are when men experience more than one orgasm in quick succession during sexual activity. A review of existing literature identified two types of male orgasms, sporadic and condensed. Sporadic orgasms occur over intervals of minutes while condensed orgasms can occur over a matter of seconds.

The review went on to state that under 10% of men in their 20s can achieve multiple orgasms, while under 7% of men who are over 30 can achieve them.

A study was carried out in 1989 which interviewed 21 multi-orgasmic men (including 14 of their partners) and observed the following:

  • There were participants who were multiorgasmic from their first sexual encounter, while others developed the ability to have multiple orgasms later in life.

  • Some of the participants who became multiorgasmic did so incidentally while others used deliberate effort.

  • 8 subjects became multi-orgasmic after the age of 35.

  • Two of the subjects that learned to become multi-orgasmic did so by learning to separate orgasm from ejaculation.

  • Edging techniques (including squeezing & stop start) were used by men successfully in an effort to become multi-orgasmic.

  • Subjects experienced between 2-9 orgasms per session (with one reporting as many as 16)

    Male multiple orgasms VS female multiple orgasms

    The female ability to have multiple orgasms has been a longstanding part of sexual literature. Once women reach orgasm, they can remain sexually aroused and achieve further orgasms in the same session. This ability is considered a result of females having a shorter refractory period than men. In contrast, the longer male refractory period may prevent them from achieving further orgasms in short timeframes.

    This may lead to people believing that men are incapable of having multiple orgasms.

    However, as the research we explored earlier confirms, the view that men can’t achieve multiple orgasms is a misconception. The confusion may be due to the difference between the male orgasm and ejaculation.

    Male Orgasm VS Male Ejaculation

    The difference (or lack of known difference) between the male orgasm and ejaculation can cause confusion. This is because typically when a male reaches their climax, ejaculation also occurs. This leads many people to believe that male ejaculation is part of the orgasm. Contrary to belief, the male orgasm and ejaculation are separate functions that can occur independently of each other.

    To simplify these processes for clarification; orgasms are the pleasurable feeling during sexual climax, while ejaculation is the expulsion of semen from the penis.

    Separating the two physiological functions could be the key to achieving male multiple orgasms. Reaching climax and preventing ejaculation was a key point identified in both the literature review and the 1989 study referenced in the previous section.

    The confusion between orgasm and ejaculation could lead men astray when trying to achieve MMOs. The men who don’t know that ejaculation isn’t an orgasm may have the wrong goal. If your aim is to ejaculate then a refractory period is likely. A better approach may be aiming to achieve an orgasm without reaching ejaculation.

    Types of Male Multiple Orgasm Without Ejaculation

    Being able to achieve an orgasm without the release of semen means the refractory period may be avoided. And as we’ve learned from the research above, reaching climax without ejaculating may be key to helping men achieve multiple orgasms. We’ve highlighted some different types of non-ejaculatory orgasms below.

    Diagram of the Types Of Male Multiple Orgasm Without Ejaculation

    Non-Ejaculatory Male Orgasms (NEMO)

    A non-ejaculatory male orgasm is also known as a dry orgasm. Dry orgasms occur when men experience climax via penile stimulation but don’t release semen. These may happen when men have precise ejaculation control, allowing orgasms to take place independently of ejaculation.

    Dry orgasms can also occur after prostate operations such as radical prostatectomy. Due to medical complications, the semen can be routed into the bladder (known as retrograde ejaculation) and fail to be released from the tip of the penis.

    Non-Ejaculatory Prostate Orgasms (NEPO)

    The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits under the bladder. The gland is responsible for the creation of prostatic fluid, which contributes to semen. You might hear the prostate gland being referred to as the “p-spot”. This is because it can be stimulated and allows men to achieve prostate orgasms.

    When a prostate orgasm occurs, the prostatic fluid may be released which is why stimulating the prostate is known as prostate milking.

    The gland can be accessed via the anus and stimulated using a lubricated finger or a sex toy.

    Prolonged or Peaking Non-Ejaculatory Orgasms (PNEOs)

    PNEOs involve prolonging the experience of a non-ejaculatory orgasm. This climax is thought to involve experiencing regular non-ejaculatory orgasms in multiple instances. Being able to reach the intense pleasure of orgasm without releasing semen may be key to repeating the process. Kegels and edging can be used to achieve the advanced ejaculation control required to achieve a PNEO. If you’re unfamiliar with these techniques, we explore them in the next section.

    Methods to Achieve Multiple Orgasms Without Ejaculation

    Below we’ve given a breakdown of the methods you can use in your quest to achieve multiple orgasms. If you don’t get multiple orgasms the first time you try, don't be disheartened. It’s likely to take some practice before you achieve them.

    Diagram on the Methods to Achieve Multiple Orgasms Without EjaculationEdging

    Edging is widely used to prolong the pleasure experienced via penile stimulation. Edging involves working towards an orgasm and withdrawing stimulation moments before ejaculation takes place.

    When an orgasm gets released, it allows individuals to experience an intense pelvic climax.

    With enough practice, individuals will get a feeling for the sensations they experience when nearing ejaculation and develop great control over preventing it. Edging using the start-stop and squeeze techniques were used to successfully achieve multiple orgasms by two subjects in the 1989 study that we explored earlier in the article.

    Stimulate Less Sensitive Areas

    Another way to prevent ejaculation during masturbation or sex may be to stimulate the less sensitive parts of your genitals. Examples include rubbing the base of your penis, testicles and perineum (the skin between the anus and testicles).

    When stimulating the highly sensitive areas (often towards the tip of the penis) one too many strokes can push you over the edge.

    Stimulate the less sensitive areas mentioned above as a way to continue pleasure without having to completely withdraw stimulation.This technique can also be used when edging during sex with a partner.

    Sex Toys

    Sex toys can heighten the pleasure experienced during intimacy and may also help you to achieve multiple orgasms. They offer benefits such as the ability to practice penetration when masturbating and added stimulation through vibration. Examples of such sex toys include:

    Fleshlights Mimic sexual organs, allowing men to practice holding in ejaculation during penetration.
    Vibrating cock rings Offer penile stimulation and firmer erections, making them a good option for prolonged MMO practice sessions.
    Prostate massagers Can help men achieve non-ejaculatory prostate orgasms.

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    Kegel Exercises

    Kegel exercises involve strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through the practice of squeeze and release exercises. The squeeze feeling can be achieved by mimicking the sensation of holding in urine.

    The technique’s easy to practice as it only takes a few minutes and can be done in a variety of positions.

    With enough time and effort, individuals may be able to prevent ejaculation by squeezing their pelvic floor muscles to hold in the release. There are excellent instructional apps available for Kegels which offer voice guidance for completing the exercises.

    Work on your breathing

    Breathing exercises are used in a variety of disciplines from meditation to therapy. Research suggests that techniques such as deep breathing may have a positive effect on mood and stress levels. Focusing on your breathing may also work as an effective distraction from erotic thoughts and your partners' sexually arousing responses that lead to unwanted ejaculation. Concentrating on different sensory aspects, from the air entering your lungs to the sound of your breath and body movement can help you stay in the moment.

    Daily Practice

    The phrase ‘nothing worth having comes easy’ rings true for multiple orgasms. Being able to achieve MMOs may not happen the first time you try. To maximize your chances of achieving multiple orgasms you’re going to have to put the work in consistently.

    Using trial and error may also improve your chances. Experiment with the techniques above and adapt your approach as required. For example, if edging isn’t working try withdrawing stimulation earlier or moving on to a different technique.


    Although there is limited research on the subject, there’s no doubt that male multiple orgasms are possible. Although it’s difficult to pinpoint how you achieve them, one way to improve your chances might be learning to prevent ejaculation. After all, once ejaculation takes place individuals enter the refractory period and typically lose arousal.

    Achieving multiple orgasms will take time and dedication.

    Try practicing the prevention of ejaculation by using the techniques mentioned above including Kegels, edging, and breathing exercises. Although this article is intended to be informative, it cannot be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. For any health concerns related (but not limited to) to orgasms always consult a medical professional.

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