You may be surprised to learn that in men, as in women, orgasm and ejaculation are two different processes: One involves the pleasurable, full-body release of tension; the other involves the release of sexual fluid. Most of the time, these events happen simultaneously, but there are cases in which one happens without the other, says Abraham Morgentaler, MD, FACS, a urologist and author of Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex. Morgentaler says that dry orgasms can be a side effect of alpha blockers prescribed for urinary problems (the medication drastically reduces the release of semen). He's also seen this happen to male patients with diabetes or neurologic conditions, or who had an operation—for example, to remove their prostate—that affected the nerves controlling the ejaculatory process. His patients usually describe the feeling as still pleasurable...just less messy.
6. They feel different than yours do.
But not that different! When Canadian researchers asked men and women to fill out a questionnaire with adjectives that described how orgasms felt, both genders said they'd experienced "building," "flooding," "flushing," "throbbing" and "spasms"—but significantly more men than women in the study also mentioned feeling "shooting sensations."
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