How to Shorten the Refractory Period

  • July 5, 2020

How long do refractory periods last?

Every man experiences a different refractory period. For some, this may be a few minutes. For others, it could be hours, or even a day. Refractory periods vary depending on several factors, including age, sex quality/frequency, hormones, and overall health.

A teenager, for instance, might recover in just minutes while a 40-year-old could wait for as much as 24 hours to get to “round two”.

13 Different Methods

A refractory period is a natural way for your body getting to rest after sex. Thankfully, there are a few ways to shorten it.

1. Increase arousal

If you do it well, this could be the fastest way to shorten your refractory period. Use a toy to boost arousal — or have some sensual talk with your partner. You can also use cock rings and manual pumps. That way, your “round two” can happen sooner.

2. Get into shape

Being in good physical shape is important for your overall sex experience. It can boost your confidence and sexual experience.

Your hormones are regulated better when you’re fitter, and vice versa. It’s advisable to work out at least 30 minutes a day. Better hormone regulation leads to better sex and a shorter refractory period.

3. Avoid masturbation

Masturbating before sex can interfere with your ability to recover from an ejaculation. Skip the masturbation sessions for a while and see how your body responds. If the refractory period reduces, you may have to forego it altogether for improved sex with your partner.

4. Change sex frequency

If you always have sex daily, try skipping it a day or two and check for any improvements. Whatever your sex frequency, reduce it and observe any changes. Less frequent sex might just lead to a shorter refractory period.

5. Fantasy or role play

After you climax, try to imagine situations that would turn you on the most. If possible, share them with your partner. In other words, consider acting out sex scenes with your partner.

6. Non-ejaculatory orgasms

Refractory periods are caused by ejaculation. It’s simple: if you don’t ejaculate, you don’t need to deal with refractory. To achieve non-ejaculatory orgasms, therefore, try strengthening your PC muscles to delay ejaculation. That way, sex will be more enjoyable and will last longer.

7. Play with erogenous zones

To get aroused easily, get your partner to play with your sensitive areas, including ears, neck, testicles, and nipples.

8. Try a new position

Different sex positions bring out different sensations. You can have control of your ejaculation and arousal, too. For instance, if you’re used to being ‘on top’ during sex, try having your partner on top as a new position could get you aroused faster.

9. Get her off

Your partner doesn’t need to wait through your refractory period, if they want to go again. You can get them off by using toys, your mouth, and fingers.

10. Supplements

Supplements claim to get you back in the game faster. Just note that these aren’t regulated by the FDA, and they’re backed by limited scientific research findings.

Some supplements might not be safe for you, too, and they could be counterproductive in some cases. Ensure you check with an expert before using them.

Here are two examples you can consider:


Some studies have shown that Viagra can reduce the refractory period. It does this by boosting blood flow to the penis. In one study, in 2000, Viagra decreased the refractory period for male rats by up to 12 minutes. It’s important to note that ED medications require a prescription, nevertheless.[1]


According to online forums, Cabergoline can be used to reduce or eliminate refractory period in men. This is backed by at least one scientific study with positive results.

11. Go easy on alcohol

Alcohol inhibits the cardiac functions necessary for arousal. Hence, consume less alcohol to improve your sex life.

12. Eat healthily

Eat foods that improve blood flow. Also known as vasodilating fares, these foods help increase the circumference of blood vessels, improving general blood flow in the body, including the penis area. This helps you get an erection.

vasolidating food like nutsSuch foods include:

  • Nuts
  • Watermelon
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Citrus
  • Coldwater fish
  • Berries
  • Dark chocolate

13. Reduce prolactin

Your body releases prolactin during an orgasm. High levels of prolactin can potentially inhibit getting a hard-on. You can use various supplements and vitamins to lower your proclatin levels.[2]

These include:

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B6
  • S-Adenosyl methionine
  • Mucuna Pruriens

Note that Mucuna Pruriens give the best results.


  1. Ekmekçioğlu, Oğuz, et al. “Effects of Sildenafil Citrate on Ejaculation Latency, Detumescence Time, and Refractory Period: Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Crossover Laboratory Setting Study.” Urology, vol. 65, no. 2, Feb. 2005, pp. 347–52. PubMed, doi:10.1016/j.urology.2004.09.012.[]
  2. Krüger, T. H. C., et al. “Effects of Acute Prolactin Manipulation on Sexual Drive and Function in Males.” The Journal of Endocrinology, vol. 179, no. 3, Dec. 2003, pp. 357–65. PubMed, doi:10.1677/joe.0.1790357.[]

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