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Frequently Asked Questions About Multiple Orgasms

Frequently Asked Questions About Multiple Orgasms

Many people who hear stories of couples having multiple orgasms can’t help but be curious. Is it possible for everyone? Are there secrets to achieving multiple climaxes? How many times can a person orgasm in a row? If you’re interested in multiple orgasms, here are the frequently asked questions about it, answered.

1. What Exactly are Multiple Orgasms?

The first thing we need to address regarding this topic is the definition. You see, the term “multiple orgasms” doesn’t have a dictionary meaning.

For some, it means the person orgasms consecutively with very little “downtime.” This means the person stays aroused in between climaxes. Others, however, define it as reaching another orgasm after resting for a few minutes.

Generally, when people talk about multiple climaxes, they point to orgasms happening numerous times in a single sexual act/session. The succeeding orgasms may not be as intense as the first one, but they are nevertheless pleasurable.

2. Is it True That Only Women Can Orgasm Several Times in a Row?

Multiple orgasms are more common in women, considering the sexual response cycle where they can have “rapid return to orgasm phase.²” Conversely, men need a refractory period (recovery time) after one climax.

Despite this, men can also have multiple orgasms.

One report mentioned that few men can be multiorgasmic: less than 10% in their 20s and less than 7% after the age of 30. Men can either have sporadic multi orgasms with intervals of several minutes in between each climax or condensed multiorgasms where they have 2 to 4 orgasms within a few seconds to two minutes³.

Note: Some women have PGAD or Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder where they they remain aroused for hours or days without stimulation. Patients with this condition may have multiple orgasms unrelated to sex.

3. Are Edging and Orgasm the Same?

Edging and orgasm are not the same. Edging means you reach the brink of orgasm but do not really climax. Couples use edging as a means to “delay” the pleasure, thinking that the climax will be more intense. Hence, being “edged” multiple times doesn’t equate to achieving multiple climaxes.

While edging is not a well-studied sex practice, many people attest that it can increase the excitement, which may then result in increased or prolonged orgasms.

4. For Men, Does Multiple Orgasms Mean Multiple Ejaculations?

It’s easy to assume that reaching multiple orgasms equates to having multiple ejaculations. However, according to experts, men can climax without ejaculation. Dry orgasm occurs when the man releases very little to no semen at all because they do not produce much or the semen travels backward into a bladder (retrograde ejaculation).

As for women, some may ejaculate, but others don’t. The idea of female ejaculation, after all, is still vague.

5. How Do People Achieve Multiorgasms?

At this point, you’re probably wondering: how do I achieve (or give) multiple orgasms.

First, experts highlight that couples shouldn’t force it. If you or your partner tried and failed to have numerous climaxes, that’s okay. As explained earlier, it doesn’t happen to everyone. If you stress over it too much, sex as a whole may end not to be be pleasurable for you.

The following tips may increase your chance of having multiple orgasms:

  • Have sex only when you’re relaxed. Stress, distraction, and even fatigue reduce the possibility of having multiple orgasms.
  • Talk about what you like and dislike in the bedroom. Discuss boundaries and fantasies with your partner.
  • Enjoy the foreplay and get aroused.
  • Experiment with new positions and sex positions and toys that you are comfortable with. You can even try playing some sex games and listening to or watching erotica.

At the end of the day, remember that regardless of how many orgasms you have, sex can promote intimacy and pleasure. If you have problems in achieving orgasm, the best thing to do is to consult a health expert.

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Sources

1. What Are Multiple Orgasms? How Common Are They?, https://www.njsexualmedicine.com/blog/what-are-multiple-orgasms-how-common-are-they, Accessed December 13, 2021

2. Sexual Response Cycle, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/9119-sexual-response-cycle, Accessed December 13, 2021

3. Multiple Orgasms in Men—What We Know So Far, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2050052115000542, Accessed December 13, 2021

4. Determinants of female sexual orgasms, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5087699/, Accessed December 13, 2021

5. Dry orgasm, https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dry-orgasm, Accessed December 13, 2021

6. Female ejaculation: An update on anatomy, history,and controversies, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/ca.23654, Accessed December 13, 2021

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated May 11
Medically reviewed by Regina Victoria Boyles, MD