Why is the refractory period so important?
#71177. Asked by elvenfair. (Oct 04 06 3:33 PM)
Not sure the intention of the post but.........The Refractory period, as I recall from H.S. Health Edu. classes, is the time between male gamete output and the next viable time for output. This period is a time to replenish the sperm count and/or related hormones.|
The period that follows effective stimulation, during which excitable tissue fails to respond to a stimulus of threshold intensity.
In sexual intercourse, the refractory period is a recovery phase after male ejaculation during which it is physiologically impossible for almost all men to experience sustained erection and additional ejaculations or orgasms. The penis may be hypersensitive and further sexual stimulation may even feel painful during this time frame.
The refractory period varies widely between individuals and across species, ranging from minutes to hours. An increased infusion of the hormone oxytocin during ejaculation is believed to be chiefly responsible for the refractory period and the amount by which oxytocin is increased may affect the length of each refractory period. Another chemical which is considered to be responsible for this effect is prolactin, which represses dopamine, which is responsible for sexual arousal.
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