The Refractory Period: The Real Reason Guys Need a Break Between Orgasms


We’ve all been there: After one inning between the sheets, not everyone’s ready for round two. Women may be primed to go seconds after the first big win, but for men, it’s not so easy. No matter what his brain is saying, his body just won’t comply. What gives?

Guys actually have a built-in recovery period (nature’s cockblock, if you will) after sex. It’s called the male refractory period (MRP), and it’s the time after ejaculation—lasting anywhere from a few minutes to …

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