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  The Unprecedented Research Study from Rutgers University

  The Male Refractory Period:  The Universal Male Sexual Limitation


Since Time began, men have suffered under the burden of a universal sexual limitation:

"...upon ejaculation, men enter a recovery phase called the refractory period. During this time, further orgasm or ejaculation is physiologically impossible."

http://www.bettersex.com/sexdata/term.asp?termid=160

 

"An important difference between males and females is the presence of a refractory period in males during which the male cannot be stimulated to further orgasm. This refractory period may last several minutes to many hours. In women there is not a true refractory period and women are typically capable of achieving multiple orgasm with further stimulation."

http://www.uams.edu/department_of_psychiatry/syllabus/SEX/Sex96.htm

 

"Ordinarily, after ejaculation, a man normally has no further interest in sexual activity of any kind. Physically, for a period of ten minutes to perhaps more than an hour for some men, the man is physically unable to achieve another erection. This is sometimes referred to as the refractory period."   

http://www.sexuality.org/l/sex/dsmansex.html


And men are not its only victims:

"The one thing I hate is that no matter how you go about it, intercourse ends almost always when he comes and becomes limp..."

"I feel it is a great pity that males and females were sexually-biologically built such that males are ready to quit just as females are getting started."

"If the partner is male, the woman is stuck with the limits of his sexuality."

- female respondents in "The Hite Report" (1976, p. 325)

 

  The Male Refractory Period:  Defined

 

"Refractory Period: A temporary period of psychophysiologic erectile incompetence immediately following (natural) ejaculation during which a male cannot be sexually aroused.  The duration of the refractory period may be minimal in teen years and longer in later years."

     - A Descriptive Dictionary & Atlas of Sexology (1995),
Francoeur, Perper, Scherzer
(emphasis added)

Additional references:

"An important difference between males and females is the presence of a refractory period in males during which the male cannot be stimulated to further orgasm. This may last several minutes to many hours. In women there is not a true refractory period and women are typically capable of achieving multiple orgasm with further stimulation." http://www.uams.edu/department_of_psychiatry/syllabus/SEX/Sex96.htm

"Physically, for a period of ten minutes to perhaps more than an hour for some men, the man is physically unable to achieve another erection. This is sometimes referred to as the refractory period." http://www.sexuality.org/l/sex/dsmansex.html


Masters and Johnson, perhaps the most well-known of all sex researchers, documented more than 100,000 orgasms during their decade-long study of hundreds of volunteer human Subjects.   As a result, they documented what they described as the Human Sexual Response Cycle.   And, for the first time, the term "Male Refractory Period" was coined.

This study is the first ever to provide scientific evidence that, at least in one male, this refractory period does not occur following full, natural ejaculation.

 

 

 

  MRP:  The TRUE Enemy -- and cause of "Premature Ejaculation"
 

The most common of all male sexual dysfunctions, Premature Ejaculation (also known as Ejaculatory Control Dysfunction or Rapid Ejaculation [RE]) is defined as:

"Persistent or recurrent ejaculation with minimal sexual stimulation before, on, or shortly after penetration and before the person wishes it." (emphasis added)

- American Psychiatric Association. (1994).
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

 

As seen above, the defining characteristic of this common dysfunction is not ejaculation, but instead, ejaculation "...before the person wishes it."  Now who wouldn't "wish" to have an ejaculation and the highly pleasurable orgasm that accompanies it?  

The answer is an obvious one: ejaculation triggers the Male Refractory Period (MRP): the "down" time (literally and figuratively) almost universally experienced by adult males following orgasm. Thus it is MRP, rather than orgasm and its accompanying ejaculation, that is the true culprit.

Were MRP not an issue, men could cum as quickly as they want and still be ready for more, just as women are able to do. Without MRP, despite orgasm and ejaculation, neither erection or desire would be lost and thus men would be able to continue on for as long as they or their partners might like.

However, as all normal men must go through MRP following orgasm, this refractory period forces men to either sacrifice pleasure or sacrifice their erections. And many men either prefer to enjoy pleasure at the cost of their continued erection, or don't know how to stop pleasure in time. After all, it is understandably contrary to Human nature to knowingly and deliberately stop one's own sexual pleasure. 

Therefore it comes as no surprise that this one dysfunction (Premature Ejaculation) is reportedly suffered by as many as 75% of all men:

"INTRODUCTION. Premature or rapid ejaculation (RE) has been identified as the most common male sexual dysfunction and is estimated to affect between one third and three quarters of men (Chesney et al., 1981; Kinsey et al., 1948; McCarthy, 1988; Nathan, 1986; Reading and Wiest, 1984; Spector and Carey, 1990)."

- Archives of Sexual Behavior
"The relationships among ejaculatory control, ejaculatory latency,
and attempts to prolong heterosexual intercourse"
(vol. 26, no. 1) Start Page: p27(21)
ISSN: 0004-0002
http://library.northernlight.com/PC19970927040009201.html?cb=0&sc=0#doc

 

"Lack of ejaculatory control is probably the most common male sexual problem. The main manifestation of this difficulty is that the men consistently come more quickly than they or their partners want in intercourse; hence the terms 'premature' and 'rapid ejaculation'... It has been estimated that about one-third of American men suffer from an inability to control the timing of their ejaculations; that is many millions of men."

- Dr. Bernie Zilbergeld "The New Male Sexuality" http://www.thriveonline.com/sex/malesex/malesex.ejaculatory.html

 

"Many millions of men" suffer from this dysfunction not primarily due to the fact that they orgasm quickly but because in the male, orgasm and ejaculation trigger MRP, and thus erection is lost thereafter. Women can also orgasm quickly, yet this is hardly seen as a dysfunction. This is because women don't suffer from MRP; their sexual physiologies do not require a "down" time after only a single orgasm.

This Rutgers study is the first to show true evidence that for some men it is possible to experience relatively rapid natural, full orgasms with full ejaculations without triggering MRP, and therefore without any "Premature Ejaculation" dysfunction in evidence. Thus where MRP is not a factor, neither can ejaculation be called "premature," and therefore there is no dysfunction.

As this study has shown, in very unique cases (such as that of the research Subject) fully ejaculatory orgasms can occur at intervals of only two minutes apart and yet still not fall within the paradigm of defining characteristics as established for "premature ejaculation." This is because where no MRP exists, no loss of sexual functioning occurs.  Thus such orgasmic capacity actually enhances such men's capacity for pleasure both for themselves and their partners.

As shown by this Study, it is not the length of time to orgasm that is the problem, but instead the loss of erection and desire thereafter caused by MRP that is the dysfunction.  Thus, where MRP is not an issue, neither is "Premature Ejaculation."

And yet despite this fact, not a single scientific investigation has to-date ever been attempted to determine why it is that natural male orgasm and ejaculation trigger the Male Refractory Period in most men. Instead, sexologists continue to instruct men only on treating the symptom through ejaculatory-control and -delay techniques rather than working to find a "cure" for MRP through investigation and research into the causes behind it.

It is hoped this study might help motivate such an investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

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