How to Eliminate a Refractory Period


Many men want to know how to increase their sexual stamina. One way to do this is by eliminating what is known as the "refractory period." The refractory period is the amount of time between a man's last orgasm and his next erection. Feeling tired after an orgasm, or having to wait long periods until achieving another erection, can be frustrating to both partners. But fear not, there are ways to decrease and even eliminate your refractory period for increased pleasure in bed.

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Step 1

Make sure that you are well-rested and have had enough to eat before working on your refractory period. If you are sick or have low energy, you defeat the purpose and potential of achieving longer erections.

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Step 2

Practice eliminating your refractory period in privacy before doing so with a partner. It may take time for you to perfect the technique, and doing so alone may be less awkward that in front of someone else.

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Step 3

Masturbate until you achieve a strong, firm erection. Hold the erection for as long as possible before achieving orgasm.

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Step 4

After you are able to hold the erection for longer periods of time, stop yourself from having an orgasm just before it happens. Wait a few minutes, then begin masturbating again. Prevent orgasm as many times as possible, then repeat the steps until your refractory period shortens.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Viagra may also be considered a chemical alternative for certain men when it comes to eliminating the refractory period. Bear in mind, however, that you should consult your physician to determine if this method is for you. Viagra is typically recommended for men with a medical cause to their erectile dysfunction and should not be taken for recreational purposes. Refractory periods tend to increase as a man ages. If you find that you are not able to achieve another erection as quickly as you'd like after your last orgasm, this may be a sign of aging. You can, however, still discuss ways to eliminate the refractory period with your physician. Long refractory periods can also occur for psychological reasons. If you feel that depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or similar issues are interfering with your sex life, discuss these issues with a licensed psychologist or counselor.
  • It is important to work with your individual biology when attempting to eliminate refractory periods. Every man is different: some have longer periods and some have shorter ones. There may only be so much time you can eliminate when it comes to this phenomena, even with practice or professional help. Do not attempt to push your body beyond its normal sexual capacity; doing so could cause an injury.


  • Men's Sexual Health: Fitness for Satisfying Sex; Barry W. McCarthy and Michael E. Metz; 2007
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