Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 377–387

Male multiple orgasms: A descriptive study

  • Marian E. Dunn
  • Jan E. Trost

DOI: 10.1007/BF01541970

Cite this article as:
Dunn, M.E. & Trost, J.E. Arch Sex Behav (1989) 18: 377. doi:10.1007/BF01541970


Little is known about the phenomenon of multiple orgasms among men. The traditional view assumes there are two stages of orgasm in the healthy male: emission following orgasm almost instantly, followed by a refractory period. Contradictory experiences have been reported by men. Data from interviews with 21 multiply orgasmic men are presented. Men reported that detumescence does not always follow an orgasm, that a nonejaculatory orgasm can occur prior to as well as after an ejaculatory orgasm, and that it is possible to have a series of orgasms. Some of the men reported always having been multiply orgasmic, whereas others experienced it relatively late in life. Others have actively learned to become multiply orgasmic. It may be that our traditional expectations regarding the possible limited range of male orgasmic capacity have profoundly influenced men's behavior as well as research in this area.

Key words

orgasm men multiple orgasm ejaculation intercourse refractory periods 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marian E. Dunn
    • 1
  • Jan E. Trost
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryState University of New York, Health Science Center at BrooklynBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUppsala University20 UppsalaSweden

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