Both women and men have a built-in recovery period after sex. The refractory period for women isn’t as long (allowing for the possibility of multiple orgasms), but everyone experiences this Author: Rachael Schultz.
Recovery time or refractory period is the waiting time before you can achieve another erection after ejaculating or being interrupted. It may take no more than a few minutes or as long as several hours, depending on the individual and may vary with age. Some men have shorter recovery times and are ready for rounds two and three (even four if you’re lucky) quicker.
After orgasm, most men need some downtime in order to rest, recover and regain an interest in sexual activity. This time is called the refractory period -- a period in which you switch from being actively excited by sexual activity to feeling somewhat disinterested in sex.
In fact, the medications only work for a small percentage of men in the first few months after surgery, according to a 2017 study published in the International Journal of Sexual Health. “Besides oral medications for erectile dysfunction, there are other options available to men with ED after prostate cancer treatment,” says Dr. Shelfo.