Multiple orgasms have not been studied extensively, and much of what we know comes from patients’ personal stories. There are also varying definitions of what multiple orgasms are. For example, some experts believe that multiple orgasms occur one right after the other, with little “down time” in between.
Women stay aroused in between each one. Others feel that multiple orgasms can occur with more time in between. With this definition, a woman might climax once, rest a bit, then climax again minutes later.
Often, women find that their second or third orgasms are less intense than their first ones. But this doesn’t mean they are any less pleasurable.
For some women, multiple orgasms might have nothing to do with sex. Women with persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) may feel sexually aroused for hours or days without any sexual stimulation. They may have several spontaneous orgasms that they cannot control within a short period of time.
After ejaculation, men’s bodies go through a period of rest during which they do not become sexually aroused again. Some men’s refractory periods are short – just a few minutes. But for others, the recovery time can last 12 to 24 hours, or even longer.