The male reproductive system is quite complicated and involves many different parts that work together to work properly. The system includes the Cowper’s Gland, the Epididymis, the Ductus Deferens, the Seminal Vesicle, Urethra, Prostate and, of course, the testes and the penis.
The primary function of the male reproductive system is to produce sperm and expel it from the penis, which then enters the vagina to fertilize eggs and reproduce – thus called the “reproductive system”. As with any other part of the body, numerous problems can develop with the reproductive system and cause issues with certain functions that are needed for the system to work as it is supposed to work.
For example, when a man is infertile, the produced sperm will not be able to fertilize eggs. When a man has erectile dysfunction, he may not be able to get hard enough for penetration. When a man has a prostate problem, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, he may experience pain, which causes an interference with his ability to perform during sexual intercourse. Another problem that are quite common involved issues related to a man’s ability ejaculate.
When you talk about ejaculation disorders, the first term that may come to mind is “premature ejaculation”. While this may be one of the most common issues that concern ejaculations among men, there are other ejaculation disorders that should also be noted. These disorders can cause one of three symptoms:
- A man may ejaculate too soon, also known as premature ejaculation.
- A man may take too long to ejaculate, also known as delayed ejaculation or retarded ejaculation.
- A man may not be able to ejaculate at all, also known as inhibited ejaculation.
In some cases, men can also experience a condition called retrograde ejaculation. This condition refers to a situation where sperm is pushed backward into the man’s bladder instead of expelling out of the penis through its urethra during an orgasm.
Understanding How Male Ejaculation Works?
Before you consider the causes, risk factors and the potential treatment options concerning these disorders, it is important to understand how exactly ejaculations in men work. Understanding such a process often helps a person realize how they are affected by an issue and it may even help the person better-understand what may be causing the problem in their specific situation.
Watching a video of how male ejaculations work will provide a clear overview of all the mechanisms and organs that are involved in the process, so you might want to take a look at the following videos before reading on:
- Erection and Ejaculation – This video uses a 3D animated modal to explain, in medical terms, how an erection occurs and what happens when a man ejaculates.
- Sperm Ejaculation 3D Medical Animation – This video provides a quick overview of how ejaculating works.
- Androdynamics. Mechanisms of Ejaculation – If you are looking for a more detailed video overview of what exactly happens when you ejaculate, then you should watch this video.
Such videos contain useful educational information that will help you better understand your own reproductive system. They show you just how complex an orgasm really is.
In short, they explain how hormones, nerves, blood vessels and organs all need to work together to allow a man to ejaculate without any problems. It starts with sexual arousal, which involves blood flowing into and getting trapped in the penis (an erection). During stimulation and intercourse, the body enters a phase known as “plateau”, which refers to the stage in which the body prepares to orgasm. Muscle tension intensifies and heart rate increases.
Semen is sent towards the top of the penis, also known as the urethra, and, finally, expelled from the urethra while penile muscles contract rapidly. During this stage, signals of pleasure are also sent towards the person’s brain by the same nerves that cause the penile muscles to contract during an orgasm.
Once a man has reached orgasm and successfully ejaculated, his erection starts to go away. Muscle tension decreases and a relaxed feeling is experienced. Some men also feel drowsy directly after reaching orgasm, which accompanies the relaxed state.
The third, and final stage, of an ejaculation starts here, which is known as the recovery phase, but also commonly referred to as the refractory period. The refractory period can last for as little as 30 minutes, but some men find that their recovery phase lasts for much longer than half an hour. A man is usually unable to achieve an erection during their refractory period and has to wait for this phase to pass before they can participate in a sexual activity again.
Being educated about the male reproductive system should be an important part of a man’s life. This will help him better understand himself and may even be of assistance when any sexual problems start to develop.
While reading through a long education post about how an erection and ejaculation works can be useful, watching a video to observe a visual demonstration of how these processes work are often easier to observe and learn from.