The Phases and Complexities of the Male Orgasm
The male orgasm is the height of the sexual experience in men. It is not only proceeded by the release of semen, responsible for procreation, it also produces an intense euphoria. There is a process that the male body goes through to reach orgasm defined by phases. During each phase, the body goes through physiological changes that lead up to the male orgasm, the climax and ejaculation.
Orgasm is not only necessary for procreation, it is also essential for the health and well being of men. Many studies have proven the positive effect of male orgasm on not only the physical health of a man, but their psychological fitness as well. The age at which a typical male will have their first orgasm varies, as does the experience that they describe, but one common experience they all report is the elation that they feel after an orgasm is reached. A great stress relief, it is an important aspect to their daily lives. It is possible to experience a male orgasm without ejaculation only further giving evidence that the real benefit of male orgasm is not always found in its necessity to recreate life.
The first phase of the male orgasm cycle is the arousal phase. It is the time at which the body starts to become “excited”. When a man engages in sexual contact, his body begins to experience several physiological changes. During the arousal phase his heart rate will increase, his breathing will begin to become more rapid, and blood rushes to the penis. During arousal, the erectile tissue becomes engorged with blood, allowing the penis to become erect. The more aroused a man is, the more erect the penis becomes. The swelling of the erectile tissue moves along the base of the penis, causing a swelling in the penis cap. When the penis is erect the scrotum will begin to tighten signaling for fluid to begin to make its way up the shaft of the penis.
The next phase of the male orgasm is the Plateau phase. It is when the male body becomes tense. During this phase rapid thrusting motion begins, intensifying with time. There may be a minute amount of fluid that is released from the penis called precum. It is not only lubrication for the act of intercourse, it also contains live sperm that will be ejaculated when the orgasm is complete and there is a forceful release of sexual tension. It is also at this point when the heart rate, breathing, and intake of oxygen is at its highest peak.
The next phase, or the Orgasm phase, is when the muscles in the body begin to spasm and contract involuntarily, sometimes in the hands and feet, but often throughout the entire body. There is a feeling of release in the body as orgasm is reached which is called the climax. During climax, the muscles of the penis begin to rhythmically contract which leads to the penis to ejaculate semen. When climax is reached and for a short while after, the man may experience a euphoric feeling, and an intense flushing, making the skin feel warm and electrified.
Once orgasm is reached, there is a resolution phase. The resolution phase is characterized by a relaxation of the muscles. Most men will experience fatigue and satiation, and feel the need to rest. It is also during this period when they are most likely to feel intimate toward their partner. The physiology of the male will return to normal, or baseline, as the body reaches a state of homeostatic balance. During the resolution phase there needs to be a refractory period, which is a time when the male body will not be able to reach orgasm again. The length of time for the refractory period varies from man to man and depends on many factors such as age. The male orgasm is not only necessary for procreation; it is also something that contributes to the overall health and well being of a man.
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