Shorten Refractory Period: Easy Ways To Get Hard Again Quickly

Mihai Voinea
Medically reviewed by Mihai Voinea Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

​“How to shorten refractory period?” Truth be told, it isn’t a common question – although it’s something you’d want to find the answer to as soon as possible if you wish to remain (or become) a multi-orgasmic male.

After an orgasm, the penis becomes soft, a sense of satisfaction is achieved, and any desire for sexual activity is non-existent. This phase is called the male refractory period – a normal post-ejaculation reaction that’s due to the drastic adjustment in hormone levels.

This recovery time varies but there’s not much of a difference among healthy young men. Still, the variability of refractory periods between individuals increases as they grow older.

To illustrate, an average healthy man in his 20’s could experience this anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes after an orgasm, while someone older could experience this for, at least, 20 minutes.

Because of the increasing trend in refractory period as one grows older, it’s easy to assume that general aging is the culprit and there’s nothing one can do about it. But, this can, in fact, be improved even in older age as this has more to do with vitality and health.

​Here’s how you can get more erections in a night:

Nitric oxide counteracts the reduced function in smooth muscles because of its ability to widen blood vessels. With wider blood vessels, there’s better blood flow to the genitals and this results in better erectile strength.

By using pregnenolone cream or pregnenolone supplements, the levels of the compound in the body increases, and this brings about various benefits such as fatigue relief, and delay of the aging process.

Boost Nitric Oxide Levels

Penile erection occurs when blood fills up the spongy tissues found in the penis known as the corpora cavernosa. As individuals age, it has been seen that the function of these tissues decreases.

This means there is less bloodflow going through the penile smooth muscles, which in turn translates in having less blood to make it erect.

In fact, this is what PDE5 inhibitors (such as sildenafil citrate) cause in the body. By inhibiting PDE5, nitric oxide levels increase which causes shorter refractory periods.

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Of course, you can easily boost your nitric oxide levels through your diet. Rich dietary sources include ginger, garlic, pomegranate, beetroot, spinach, onion, salmon, walnuts, dark chocolate, celery, and raw honey.

You can also supplement with Coenzyme Q10 to improve both the utilization and the preservation of Nitric Oxide in your body.

​Lower Prolactin Levels

After an orgasm, dopamine levels decrease while prolactin levels rise. With dopamine responsible for our anticipation for sex, the decrease in its levels also halts our physical and mental anticipation for sex (like inciting an erection and increasing libido).

As for prolactin, it’s released after an orgasm to counteract the effects of dopamine. This is normal and merely the body’s way of telling dopamine that the job is done.

However, it becomes a problem when there are abnormally high levels of prolactin, since it suppresses the secretion of Gonadotrophin-releasing hormones (GnRH) and Follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH).

Fortunately, excessive prolactin can be mitigated by increasing your dopamine levels. This is due to dopamine being an inhibitor of prolactin.

Supplementing with Mucuna pruriens has been proven beneficial as it is a rich source of L-dopa – a dopamine precursor. In addition to Mucunapruriens, supplementing and incorporating foods rich in Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E can help boost your dopamine levels.

​Regulate Serotonin Levels

​Aside from prolactin, serotonin is another chemical churned out by the body after having sex. It’s a neurotransmitter that induces the sense of happiness (as well as sleepiness) after an orgasm.

​Its action is perfectly normal as it serves in regulating the body’s sexual functions. Without it, sexual desires and appetite can go unchecked even after an orgasm.

​Of course, it can reach excessive amounts due to a variety of lifestyle and physiological factors. Mainly, such an occurrence is observed when taking medications for depression, anxiety disorder, migraine, pain, migraine, and cough.

Aside from medication, illegal drugs such as cocaine, LSD, and other class I drugs have been observed to increase serotonin. This is the same for supplementing with ginseng and St. John’s wort. 

​To regulate your serotonin levels, increasing Vitamin D intake can help which can be achieved by increasing sunlight exposure, taking supplements, or incorporating rich sources of it in your diet. Tryptophan (from eggs, turkey, fish, and legumes) can also help in keeping your serotonin levels balanced.


​Reduce Stress

​You don’t have to have problems with your hormones or your blood vessels to have troubles with having an erection. There are times when it’s your mind preventing you from having one

Such inability is usually borne out of anxious thoughts regarding your sexual performance. These negative thoughts can make it difficult for you to have an erection.

To manage such anxieties, recommended strategies include couples counseling, talk therapy, guided imagery, taking time with sex, and working through the anxiety itself.

However, if you can still experience morning erections, your difficulties with having an erection during sex is more likely due to stress. Some strategies for dealing with this type of erectile dysfunction include eliminating avoidable stressors and proper management of those that cannot be avoided.

Stress, a bad hormonal balance and low quality sleep are very common factors that decrease your refractory period so it's always better to start with these.

By using pregnenolone cream or pregnenolone supplements, the levels of the compound in the body increases, and this brings about various benefits such as fatigue relief, and delay of the aging process.

​Improve Hormonal Balance

​Your testosterone levels have a significant role in your sexual drive and libido. If your testosterone levels are unnaturally low, you’re already on your way in missing out after your first orgasm for the night.

This is also the same case when you have unnaturally high estrogen levels. Since estrogen counteracts testosterone in your body, you also end up experiencing the negative effects of low testosterone.

Because of this, it’s important to have yourself tested through a home self-test kit or blood test. By determining your hormone levels, you can then make the necessary changes in your lifestyle and nutrition.

​Get Quality Sleep

The body is at its peak (at least in terms oftestosterone production) when you’re sleeping. With quality and adequate sleep, you’re helping your body get the testosterone it needs with no expense of work or willpower on your part.

Also, with proper sleep, you help your body maintain its optimal levels of dopamine and your mind pushes through anxiety and stress. Overall, you’re achieving everything necessary in keeping a short refractory period.

​Things to Remember

The previous points are merely some of the ways you can decrease your refractory period. A long refractory period can be a disappointing disruption to a potentially good night of passion.

Sometimes, however, achieving a better effective refractory period just shouldn’t be the priority. Patients suffering from high blood pressure, atrial flutter, chronic atrial fibrillation, and life-threatening arrhythmias may need to take drugs that can affect erection itself.

Verapamil hydrochloride, as well as other heart rate medications and beta blockers, may actually cause erectile dysfunction. Some class III antiarrhythmicdrugs (which lengthen the cardiac tissue’s action potential duration) even cause impotence.

Nonetheless, for most people, the simple strategies we’ve listed above should be enough to improve their long- and short-term health. The benefit of getting multiple orgasms (and shorten refractory period) is actually just a bonus.

Alex Eriksson (Research Analysis)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Anabolic Health, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing honest and research-backed advice for optimal male hormonal health. Anabolic Health aspires to become a trusted resource where men can come and learn how to fix their hormonal problems naturally, without pharmaceuticals.

Mihai Voinea (Editor)

Mihai is a medical doctor and entrepreneur with a burning obsession for performance and health. Mihai is also an IronMan, ultramarathon runner, and co-founder of Marsilian, which owns two e-learning platforms for future medical students and doctors.

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