Before I continue, I want to let you know that the refractory period, hence the time or phase following your next orgasm, is totally normal and natural.
However, how LONG this “refractory period” lasts depends on a variety of factors, which is what I’m going to discuss, including solutions to improve and shorten the duration of the refractory period.
Causes Of Long Refractory Period
Let’s first discuss the 3 biggest causes of the poor and long refractory periods.
I know your time is valuable, so let’s start with the first and primary reason, which would be hormonal changes.
Before you have sex, you’re in a more “driven” mode.
Your goal is to have sex and hopefully have an orgasm.
This is fueled by dopamine, a neurotransmitter, and by one other super hormone, which I’ll tell you about in a minute.
Dopamine is referred to by some people as the “pleasure” chemical. Others will refer to it as the “pursuit” chemical.
So it makes sense dopamine is high because you are now in the pursuit of sex and the pleasure of having an orgasm.
Dopamine is associated with sexual arousal.
Now, after you have an orgasm, things change.
Dopamine drops dramatically, while another hormone called prolactin shoots up.
In fact, dopamine and prolactin typically work in opposite spectrums. As one goes up, the other comes down.
Thus, prolactin induces a feeling of sexual satisfaction and REDUCES arousal.
One thing to keep in mind is that both men and women… and pretty much all mammals… produce the same hormones. The main difference is ratio and amount.
For example, both men and women have testosterone and estrogen. However, men have a lot more testosterone than estrogen comparatively.
And prolactin is typically more of a female hormone. It goes up dramatically when women are breastfeeding. It’s required to produce milk.
In regards to men, high prolactin can also cause milk to come out of your nipples. This happens to some bodybuilders when taking certain drugs such as nandrolone.
And, if prolactin and estrogen are both higher in men, you get gynecomastia, also called “man boobs”.
One other negative effect of high prolactin is hair loss, which most doctors and so-called hair experts will not tell you because they don’t know.
In fact, this is seen in birds that are molting, which is the shedding of old feathers. And, this is triggered due to a high surge in prolactin.
One last thing, as prolactin and estrogen go up, testosterone typically will come down.
I mention all of this because if you think about it, it makes sense.
What happens as men get older?…
- The refractory period increases and it takes them longer to get an erection and have orgasms
- Their dopamine AND testosterone levels drop.
- Estrogen typically rises, at least in ratio to testosterone.
- They lose their hair.
- They get fatty chests or man boobs or even gynecomastia in extreme cases.
- Aren’t as horny and have a harder time getting erections.
- Aren’t as driven in life… this, of course, includes sexual.
Anyway, I can go on and on… But, you get the point.
So, what’s the solution?
We want to increase dopamine and the superhormone I alluded to earlier, which is testosterone.
Yes, higher testosterone means more dopamine, which means higher libido, more drive, better erections, and yes, typically lower prolactin.
And how do we do this?…
I’ll talk about that in a minute because I also need to mention other causes of poor refectory period.
After your orgasm, your body’s nervous system shifts from a state of arousal to a more relaxed state. This will obviously reduce your body’s response to sexual stimulation.
Of course, higher testosterone will allow you to bounce back and recover faster.
We also can’t forget about your psychological and emotional state of mind. Stress, fatigue, and a lack of interest can extend the refractory period.
Remember how stimulated you get when you’re with someone new? That’s associated with higher testosterone and dopamine levels.
Unfortunately, over time, you get used to the same stimuli and thus, the same person or the same sexual act or the same type of porn will NO longer shoot up your dopamine levels… And hence, less excitement and sexual arousal.
Genetics, Age & Physical Health:
As with everything, we always have to factor in genetics, age, and physical health. Some people genetically have a longer refractory period.
Aging, hormonal imbalances, and poor physical health will all contribute to a longer refractory period.
Now that we know the causes, let’s talk about the solutions for improving and shortening the refractory period.
Improve Dopamine Levels
Remember how earlier I said that the longer refractory period is caused by an increase in Prolactin? And how as prolactin goes up, dopamine levels come down?
Well, the opposite is true as well.
Thus, we want to increase your dopamine levels. We can do this naturally or with drugs.
For example, Parkinson’s drugs typically increase dopamine levels or increase your body’s receptor sensitivity to dopamine.
Why? … because people with Parkinson’s are lacking dopamine levels, among other neurological problems that go beyond the scope of today’s topic.
So, for almost 20 years, I’ve been taking a drug called Selegiline (suh-leg-juh-leen), also called Eldepryl or Deprenyl.
I’m not going about this drug today. However, if you want me to in future videos, please let me know.
There are other drugs that increase dopamine or are dopamine agonists. Such as bromocriptine or cabergoline. But, Selegiline is the safest in my opinion and has many anti-aging and cognitive benefits.
However, legal disclaimer – don’t listen to anything I say, always speak to your doctor before you do anything.
But, let’s first start with natural ways of improving dopamine levels.
One of the best is taking L-tyrosine – an amino acid. I take 500 mg, 2-3x daily. But, start with just 500 mg on an empty stomach in the morning.
It does give you energy, so don’t take it at night.
Also, taking Mucuna Pruriens Extract can help. Make suure it contain 25% L-Dopa extract. I take 200 mg daily.
This is found in AlphaViril, the testosterone-boosting, libido-enhancing, and erection-improving supplement I’ve been taking for over 20 years.
Which leads to the next topic and that is:
As stated already, increasing testosterone levels will help boost dopamine levels. And of course, so many other benefits associated with naturally high testosterone.
Of course, I’ve written so many articles about how to naturally increase testosterone and optimize your hormones, that I’m not going to do that in today’s article.
And yes, AlphaViril has numerous natural herbs and vitamins that help boost your testosterone levels.
This is why AlphaViril has been a best seller for over 20 years and my favorite supplement. Because it deals with the primary hormonal factors, that I’ve discussed today – testosterone estrogen, prolactin, dopamine, and others.