Exercise Triggers Orgasm
In March 2012, the results of survey conducted by researchers at Indiana University found that many women experience orgasms while working out. These orgasms have been dubbed “coregasms,” by the research team because most of the women that experience the sensation are in the midst of certain core exercises when the moment occurs.
Lead author of the study and co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in IU’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Debby Herbenick told Science Daily, “The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting.”
The underlying mechanism behind exercise-induced orgasms is not fully understood. But, Herbenick says, “These data are interesting because they suggest that orgasm is not necessarily a sexual event, and they may also teach us more about the bodily processes underlying women’s experiences of orgasm.”
According to the survey, 40 percent of respondents had experienced either exercise-induced orgasm (EIO) or exercise-induced sexual pleasure (EISP) at least 10 times. Herbenick says that despite these results, the number of women among the general population who experience EIO or EISP, is much lower. She speculates that approximately 15 percent of all women have the experience. However, Herbenick told Time Heathland, “Once you know about it, it is sometimes interesting to think about and wonder if others are experiencing it too.”
Even if you are not among the 15 percent of women, who can orgasm “naturally” during exercise, you can entice your body to make the magic happen at the gym in other ways:
- Fantasize about the guy on the machine next to you – fantasy is a healthy way to rev up your sex drive – after all 98% of sex happens in the brain.
- Use acupressure to stimulate the Bosch point or Libido point, which is located on the outer ear, to subtly enhance desire and achieve greater pleasure – perform between sets.
- Be mindful. Women are more likely to have certain types of orgasms if they focus their attention to the area (s). Focus your attention on the blood flow you are generating in your genitals during exercise, this blood flow is identical to the increase in blood flow that occurs during sexual arousal, focusing your attention on it will enhance the sensation. This method can work at the gym and in the bedroom. Women are much more likely to have vaginal rather than clitoral orgasms if they are more aware of sensations they are feeling vaginally during penetration.
- If you really want to stack the deck… It’s a mildly risqué suggestion – wear the Club Vibe – a small disc vibrator that you slip into your panties. It vibrates in time to music and is remote controlled.