Male orgasms may sound straightforward, but there’s more to them than most people assume. Men and people with penis’s can experience different types of orgasms, all of which, can keep your sex life novel and extremely exciting. How many do you already know? Let’s discuss each one and find out how many of these you’ve already experienced, and how many more you’re willing to try.
But First, What Causes Male Orgasm?
Most of you have probably figured out the basics here. Orgasms, regardless of gender, are caused by sexual stimulation and typically result in intense feelings of pleasure and ejaculation. Note the qualifier ‘typically’ because, despite popular belief, you can reach orgasm without ejaculation, likewise, you can ejaculate without experiencing an orgasm. Orgasms are a combination of physical, emotional, environmental, and psychological factors that affect everyone differently.
Testosterone plays an important role in male orgasm. Testosterone elevates sexual desire and is the glue that connects contributing stimuli together (i.e., mental, physical, etc.) resulting in an erection, sexual tension, orgasm and/or ejaculation.
What are the Phases of the Male Orgasm?
The male orgasm has four linear phases as defined by the Masters-Johnson human sexual response model. Although the amount of time, intensity, and physical manifestation may vary from person to person, it looks a little something like this:
When you experience excitement caused by sensory, physical, and emotional cues, the brain releases acetylcholine, a chemical that triggers the release of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide increases the blood flow to your penis resulting in an erection.
Other signs of the arousal phase may include:
- Increased muscle tension
- Changes in breathing pattern or elevated breathing
- Your scrotal sac (aka your balls) drawing closer to your body
A plateau often lasts between 30 seconds and two minutes, and it comes right before your climax. During this phase, you may experience the following:
- Increase in body temperature and blood pressure
- Increase in heart rate
- Involuntary pelvic thrusts
- Increase in speed and intensity of pelvic thrusts
- Seminal fluid leaks, or precum
The orgasm phase is divided into two parts:
1. Emission – is when the sperm moves close to the top of your penis, which means you can ejaculate at any point.
2. Ejaculation – is when strong contractions of your pelvic floor muscles and penile muscles help push the semen out of your urethra.
The reward center of your brain is activated during an orgasm, which explains the intense emotional and physiological response you may receive upon release of sexual tension and ejaculation.
The resolution phase is when your sexual tension has been satisfied and can be accompanied by feelings of relaxation or even drowsiness. By the resolution phase, you have probably lose or have begun to lose arousal and erection.
What are the Different Types of Male Orgasms?
Men can experience 14 different types of orgasms. These include:
This is the most common type of orgasm that men experience during sex, when experiencing penile stimulation, getting a blow job, or indulging in solo masturbation. It’s the standard type of climax that men know and enjoy. During an ejaculatory orgasm, your penis releases semen. Ejaculatory orgasms, or ejaculation can be reached through physical, sexual, and psychological stimulation.
Retrograde orgasm (non-ejaculatory orgasm)
Retrograde ejaculation is or dry orgasm occurs when the muscle or sphincter near the neck of your bladder fails to contract, which means you don’t release the semen through your urethra, instead, it goes to the bladder. For this reason, retrograde orgasms are known as non-ejaculatory orgasms because while you feel good, no or very little ejaculatory fluid is released. The semen left in the bladder is usually released upon urination. A tell-tale sign of experiencing a retrograde orgasm is if you notice your urine appears a bit cloudy after sex.
A dry orgasm still feels like an “orgasmic” climax and has no effects on the way you experience sexual pleasure. However, retrograde orgasm may affect your fertility in the sense that sperm is not making its way out of your body. If you’re trying to family plan and think you’re experiencing dry orgasm, speak with a doctor about your options.
Pelvic orgasm is an intense orgasm that men can experience in their pelvic floors upon exercising control over their ejaculation and engaging their pelvic muscles. You can achieve a pelvic orgasm through edging, a method that involves a series of sexual stimulation, stopping when you’re at the edge of (or right before) ejaculation, and starting all over again. The more edging cycles you do, the more blood will flow into your pelvic region. Each time you hold your ejaculation, the energy rushes back into the pelvis for an intense rush.
Edging also helps with prolonging sexual experience and pleasure. Additionally, it allows you to have greater control of your orgasms and increase the intensity of your climax.
Did you know that men have a “G-spot” just like women do? This male G-spot is called the prostate gland, also popular as the P-spot. This pleasurable area of your body is a walnut-sized gland located at the base of your bladder. You can access it directly through your anus. The P-spot is extremely sensitive, so you can easily reach a prostate orgasm by rubbing it gently with a vibrator, your fingers, or a penis – with the help of a lube, of course.
An oral orgasm happens by experiencing sexual stimulation caused by the mouth, whether it’s the lips, tongue, gums, teeth, etc. You can get it by giving or receiving blow jobs, having oral sex with your partner, or by simply sharing an intense, passionate kiss with someone.
You can achieve this kind of orgasm through anal stimulation, whether by penetrating using a bendable vibrator, licking, touching, fingering, or anything that pleasures your anus. And while an anal orgasm CAN involve the prostate, it isn’t the same as a prostate orgasm because an anal orgasm doesn’t have to involve the prostate. The anus has other erogenous areas that you can stimulate other than the P-spot to bring great pleasure and climax.
If you’ve never had an anal orgasm before, a little preparation could help. Keep a lube handy for penetration. You can reach anal orgasm in many ways, using a butt plug, a male sex toy, or your fingers for some.
A blended orgasm, also known as the whole-body orgasm, occurs when you reach your climax from several different body parts being stimulation at once. For example, a sex toy stimulating your P-spot at the same time your nipples are stimulated. A blended orgasm is an exciting way of hitting your erogenous zones all at once.
Nipple play can set off fireworks across the body, (yes, men can experience nipple orgasms) and that’s because the genital sensory cortex is stimulated, which is the same area of the brain that lights up during genital stimulation. You or your partner can pinch, twist, stroke, suck or do anything with your nipples that feel good to you. Just experiment with different techniques and see what works best for you.
True to its name, having multiple orgasms is when you have multiple climaxes during one sexual session. We often hear of women being capable of multiple orgasms, but men are capable of multiple orgasms too, although it’s less common. There are two types of multiple orgasms. The first type is when you have subsequent orgasms (ejaculatory or non-ejaculatory) within seconds or a minute of one another. The second type occurs when you climax multiple times with a few minutes in between.
A sleep orgasm is also known as a wet dream. It’s when you experience an orgasm or involuntarily release semen through your urethra during sleep. Sleep orgasms happen naturally and are nothing to be ashamed of.
Breath work not only positively affects your mental health, but it can also do wonders for your sex life, too. In fact, you can experience a breath orgasm by just feeling the sensations you experience when you breathe. You can try it by lying on your back, closing your eyes, placing your hands on your stomach, inhaling and exhaling through your nose, and enjoying the pleasure it brings you.
A skin orgasm is also called chills, thrills, frissons. You experience it when you get a tingling sensation through your limbs, often when you get goosebumps, feel cold, or shiver. Research shows that music usually triggers skin orgasms, although you can also experience it in many other ways such as having a great time with someone you love or by watching an emotional movie.
A 2016 study found that some people experience an orgasm just using their imagination without any physical stimulation. It’s called a hands-free or fantasy orgasm. You can try and find out if it works for you by thinking about some of your most erotic sexual desires. Allow your mind to explore things that can turn you on without censoring or stopping yourself. Immerse yourself in your thoughts and have fun until you experience an orgasm.
Did you know that you can experience an orgasm when you work out or doing specific physical activities? It’s called a coregasm. Some people experience the profound pleasure of an orgasm when they engage in intense abdominal exercises. Most people report that it just happens unexpectedly during a workout session, it’s not anything you can control or plan for. Some men report a coregasm feeling closer to a prostate orgasm than a penile orgasm.
How Can I Have More Intense Male Orgasms?
You can try a lot of things to intensify male orgasms. Some ideas include edging or the cycle of stopping right before you reach your climax, doing pelvic floor exercises, taking slow deep breaths as you increase your arousal, moaning, imagining your deepest sexual desires during sex, savoring the pleasure you feel, roleplaying, using sex toys, and more.
We hope this article has given you more ideas on how you can experience different types of orgasms as well as how you can make the most out of them with or without a partner.