Awesome Facts About the Male Orgasm

Learn why it's a powerful response to pleasure and more.

Awesome Facts About the Male Orgasm

You've probably had more orgasms in your life than you can count. Whether from self-stimulation or sexual intercourse, reaching orgasm is proof that your body is not only activated by pleasure, but responds to it in a really powerful way. But have you ever wondered what is the purpose of that peak? It's time to take a look at a few awesome facts about the male orgasm.

Orgasms Are Designed to Please
That unique sensation you may feel during orgasm is the result of a few different things going on inside your body. As you become aroused, blood rushes into your genitals, and muscles all over your body become increasingly tense. As that process intensifies, your heart rate speeds up and feel-good hormones course through your body. Finally, ejaculation brings that pleasurable release—not only of semen, but all that pent-up muscular and vascular tension and excitement. Once that happens, most men feel a sense of relaxation. It's through this entire process that orgasms are perceived as being a source of pleasure.

The mechanics of intercourse also play a key role in how men experience orgasm. "Vaginal sexual intercourse may be biologically designed to ensure male orgasm (and procreation) and may be part of the reason why men describe it as so pleasurable," says Beatrice “Bean” Robinson, PhD, clinical director for the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School. "Plus, being that close to your partner also plays into the experience."

They're Really Difficult to Fake
Sometimes in the heat of the moment, it may be hard to tell if a woman is faking an orgasm. But for men, that's less likely to be the case. "It's harder for a man to fake it because they usually ejaculate," says Dr. Robinson. Fun fact: Aside from sperm, your semen is chock-full of other ingredients, such as protein, enzymes, water, vitamins and minerals—and even hormones that can influence your partner’s mood and body function.

The Experience Depends on Your Total Health
Enjoying an orgasm also depends on the state of your physical and mental health. A wide range of conditions, from heart disease to mood problems and their treatments, can make reaching an orgasm more difficult or even impossible for some men. "Doctors are becoming more aware of how certain medications and preventable conditions—and even non-preventable ones—affect orgasm and the entire sexual cycle," says Dr. Robinson. But by maintaining a close relationship with your doctor and being accountable to your health, you're putting yourself in a position to get the most from your sex life.

Medically reviewed in November 2018.

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