Male Orgasm Types and Experiences

What happens during the process of male arousal.

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The male orgasm is a complex experience. The major function of the male orgasm is to ejaculate sperm, though not all men ejaculate with orgasm. The female orgasm function beyond pleasure is less clear, although it may help to move the sperm toward the ovum (egg).

In the 1950s, Alfred Kinsey, the first scientist to study human sexuality in any detail, described the orgasm as "an explosive discharge of neuromuscular tension!" Though there a good amount of research on the male orgasm has been conducted in the intervening years, there is still much we don't know or understand.

Ejaculation and the Male Orgasm

As noted above, it is possible to have a male orgasm without ejaculation. Pre-adolescent boys, in particular, can often experience an orgasm without ejaculation. There are other men who do not ejaculate until several seconds after orgasm. Some men are incapable of ejaculation, though they are still able to orgasm, and other men purposefully develop the ability to feel intense pleasure without that final, grand explosion. And though multiple orgasms can be difficult for men (while for women they are far more attainable), some men may experience several ejaculations in a row while others may have multiple orgasms without any ejaculate at all.

Physical Experience of the Male Orgasm

Some men describe a focal experience during orgasm, feeling it exclusively in the scrotum and in the genital area. Other men report their orgasm as a sensation that spreads to other parts of the body.

Still others say their orgasms are felt throughout their entire body.

What Happens During the Male Orgasm?

During intercourse, as a man nears orgasm, his pelvic thrusts become less voluntary and more automatic, and the muscles of the penis begin to contract rhythmically in order to eject semen from the urethra.

When an orgasm begins, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration all increase. The orgasm marks the final stage of the arousal response in men.​

Some Differences Between Male and Female Orgasms

Although similar in some ways, there are also vast differences between the male and female orgasm:

  • The female orgasm has the effect of sucking sperm toward the egg (the ovum), via the fallopian tubes.
  • Women can often experience an orgasm for a longer period of time than a man.
  • In general, women are more capable of rapidly returning to orgasm following an initial orgasm.

But lest you think that women have it made, the following is also true:

  • women have more difficulty than men in orgasming through intercourse alone; some sexuality professionals recommend practicing "intercourse plus" (intercourse plus clitoral or some other form of stimulation)
  • women may also take longer to achieve orgasm

Man or women, it's not a competition. The best thing about the orgasm is how darn good it feels.

Premature Ejaculation

Ejaculation is sometimes felt to be disappointing if it happens "too quickly" or before both sexual partners desire.

Male Multiple Orgasms

Men report multiple orgasms more than women in the Kinsey report.

While 14% of women reported having multiple orgasms, 15-20% of men did.


The Kinsey Report