If you’re looking to reduce refractory period naturally,
keep in mind…
It only takes 5-30 minutes for a healthy man in his 20’s to reload and go again after climaxing.
In older men, this recovery period can range between 20 minutes and several hours.
If you hit these benchmarks….
And your sex drive is fine and you have no problems achieving an erection under normal circumstances, you have nothing major to worry about.
So go ahead and skip to part 2 just below the next section.
But we also have an outlaying group that can get taken out for several days after an ejaculation.
So before we jump into the main body of this article I want to address those of you who fall into this several days category.
Refractory Period & Postorgasmic Illness Syndrome
There’s a condition called postorgasmic illness syndrome, that can affect both older and younger men.…
It’s characterized by extreme fatigue, headache, cold or flu like symptoms, muscle pain and brain fog that occur rapidly after an ejaculation.
And these symptoms can stick around for up to a week, leading to moody, anxious and depressed states.
There are several theories that attempt to explain why this happens…..
That run the gamut from allergies and auto immune problems, to issues with the urethra that deliver urine and semen thru the penis.
One theory even suggests that the condition is caused by an allergy to one’s own semen, or even the cytokines released when a man ejaculates.
I believe this may be the cause in a subset of men with severe autoimmune issues, which you can read more about on this page.
But I also believe the more common theory that this issue is usually related to the hormonal flatline that occurs in certain men after they ejaculate.
The severe headaches these men experience after a climax is a common symptom of low progesterone.
The anxiety and depression are very common symptoms of low dopamine levels, combined with high prolactin.
This makes sense because after a man ejaculates prolactin levels spike, which pushes dopamine levels down rapidly.
Also, when prolactin remains elevated it puts downward pressure on testosterone and if this downward pressure is severe enough it can lead to blatant hypogonadism.
And this hypogonadism could be the driver of many of these symptoms of postorgasmic illness syndrome…especially the fatigue, low sex drive and difficulty concentrating.
If you fall into this camp…
My recommendation would be to get your prolactin levels tested right after an ejaculation.
Now here’s Jason Brick with his take on the subject…
Reduce Refractory Period Naturally – Part 2:
Remember having sex in your teens and early twenties?
The down side of sex in those days was your partner was in for a short trip.
The bright side was you’d be ready for another round in just a few minutes. As we get older, we tend to last longer in the sack but when you’ve finally had your orgasm…well, let’s just say Elvis Has Left the Building for quite a while.
That period of slack unresponsiveness between erections is called your “refractory period” and it can be kind of a drag.
Luckily, there are things you can do to help reduce it even in your 40s, 50s and 60s.
Let’s talk about a few that don’t involve a magic blue pill. Try a few of the following on for size and see your “halftime show” shrinks.
Consume Vasodilating Foods
Vasodilators increase the circumference of your blood vessels. You may have heard of the big pharma version of this as a class of pills to treat high blood pressure (wider veins lower = blood pressure).
To reduce your refractory period naturally, vasodilators simply improve blood flow so your penis gets erect sooner and with more enthusiasm.
But don’t make an appointment with your doctor. A whole lot of foods are natural vasodilators, so put a few of these on heavier rotation in your menu planning:
- Dark chocolate
- Cold water fish
- Curcumin and Turmeric
Refractory Period Supplements
Any number of foods and supplements can make a big difference in your general erectile health, all of which can also decrease your refractory times.
Two in particular go directly toward faster second (and third, and fourth…) erections: amino acids and PDE5 inhibitors.
Amino acids, especially arginine and ornithine are precursors to the nitric oxide and hormones that make erections happen.
The more you have in your system, the faster your body can get ready for round two. You can’t overdose on either — your body makes all kinds of other stuff out of them as well.
PDE5 inhibitors block the breakdown of cGMP inside the corpus cavernous tissue of the penis, which improves your ability to get an erection.
This is the core mechanic by which pills like Viagra do their thing.
Prolactin is a hormone made by male and female bodies and is most strongly linked with breast tissue development and the production of milk.
In men, higher levels can cause a variety of issues with libido and the mechanical aspects of getting an erection. Your body secretes prolactin when you orgasm.
A variety of studies have linked elevated prolactin levels with erectile dysfunction and longer refractory periods…
Including one where a man capable of having multiple orgasms without a refractory period was found to have No elevation in prolactin after he climaxed (source).
You can reduce your prolactin levels in general with any number of vitamins and supplements:
- Vitamin B6
- S-Adenosyl methionine
- Vitamin E
- Mucuna Pruriens
Out of this list, Mucuna Pruriens are definitely the most potent.
Some foods often naturally reduce prolactin levels, including bananas, apples, watermelons, strawberries, prunes, legumes, cheese and lean meats.
Lower Serotonin To Reduce Refractory Period
Serotonin is another hormone that occurs naturally, and is important to many processes, but which can mess up your erection mojo if you have too much of it in your blood at once.
Specifically, serotonin is one of the feel-good hormones your body releases when you’re done having sex. SSRIs, a class of antidepressants, work by elevating serotonin levels, which is why they often have loss of libido as a side effect (source).
You can reduce your serotonin by increasing your Vitamin D levels, either via taking supplements or the “old fashioned way” of spending time outdoors in natural sunlight.
Tryptophan, found in turkey, fish, oats, legumes, eggs, chicken and most red meats, also reduces serum serotonin.
As a happy coincidence, taking in amino acids (which you’re already doing because of my instructions in that earlier section, right?) will regulate your serotonin levels.
Entertain Her During Your Refractory Period
Even if you take all of the advice above, you’re still going to need a little rest time between erections.
No matter how long it takes, keep in mind that your penis is just one part of your body you can use to…uh…keep her attention. Women don’t need to wait between orgasms, so why should you make her?
This helps you out, too.
By taking your mind off the question of when you’ll next get hard, it stops those psychological yips that can prevent your erection from happening.
As a bonus, it keeps your mind, eyes and hands on things that will sexually arouse you. When your equipment is ready to get back to work, it will have plenty to work with as soon as possible.
Reduce Refractory Period Naturally – Conclusion
This may seem like a lot of work to just increase the number of times you can have sex in a night, but look at it this way….
How much other work do you do just to get to have sex as often as you’re having it now?
What changes to your diet, how many hours of exercise do you do, to make yourself more attractive to your partners?
Like most of the programs we recommend, you should start with just one or two items on this list.
Once you’ve made them a habit and confirmed they’re helping, you can add another, and another, until you’ve effectively reduced your refractory period naturally.
A few supplements in the morning, plus a tweak here and there and you’ll be ready to reload like a twenty year old.