Basic information

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Orgasm is a feeling of intense sexual pleasure that occurs during sexual activity. This is how the scientific literature describes it. In simple terms, these are 8-12 stereotypical (similar) muscle contractions. Between the first and second passes an average of 0.8 seconds, then the gap increases. Contractions occur in the pelvic region, in women they can be observed in the vagina and anus, in men – behind.


Are these contractions an orgasm?

Yes, but this concept is somewhat broader, because muscle contractions themselves bring as much pleasure as going to the toilet. During sex, the entire area that is stimulated becomes aroused and the sensitivity increases. Contractions help drain blood from the genitals, so orgasm is not the cause of the release of pleasure hormones, but rather a consequence.

Why is it happening?

Not much research has been done in this area. Scientists have not yet been able to establish what exactly causes an orgasm, but there are a lot of theories. Some consider it to be something akin to an attack, when many nerves are affected at one moment, which causes reflex movements. In ordinary life, the brain does not allow the body to do this, because it is risky. So, orgasm is a unique state!


What role does the brain play in orgasm?

Studies were conducted with men who were asked to turn on a vibrator and describe how it felt. They usually said they felt weird and couldn’t get an erection. And only after watching porn were excited and could get an orgasm. What does this mean?


First of all, what is important is that the brain also wants sex. Even with direct genital stimulation without the participation of the brain, nothing will work. A similar study with women has not been conducted.

What are the main myths about orgasm?

More specifically, theories that have not yet been proven.

It is said that men cannot have multiple orgasms. Some scientists also doubt women: what they take for multiple orgasms is more like some kind of pleasant experience than physical muscle contractions. In addition, if orgasms occur after 5-10 minutes, they should be considered separate events. Therefore, there can be no such thing as a multi-orgasm at all!


Another myth is vaginal and clitoral orgasms. It is impossible to say with complete certainty where each particular orgasm originated! With vaginal sex without stimulation of the clitoris, he still gets his portion of pleasure, only indirectly. During the research, scientists did not find a difference between the nature and type of contractions in different versions of orgasm, and, from a scientific point of view, they are one and the same. However, research is ongoing, and it remains to be seen what will be discovered in the future.