Exercise May Trigger Orgasm in Some Women03/19/12
MONDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Sex may not always be
essential for orgasm: A new survey finds that some women can also
experience the sensation while exercising.
This type of orgasm is sometimes referred to as a "coregasm"
because of its association with exercises that involve core
abdominal muscles, said study author Debby Herbenick, co-director
of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University's
School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
"The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting," Herbenick said in a university news release. "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."
The findings are based on the results of online surveys
completed by 124 women who reported experiencing exercise-induced
orgasms and 246 women who experienced exercise-induced sexual
The women ranged in age from 18 to 63, most were married or in a
relationship and about 69 percent were heterosexual, according to
the study, which was published in a special issue of the journal
Sexual and Relationship Therapy.
About 40 percent of the women who had experienced
exercise-induced orgasms and exercise-induced sexual pleasure had
done so on more than 10 occasions. Most of the women who reported
exercise-induced orgasms said they were not fantasizing sexually
during their experiences, and about 20 percent said they could not
control the orgasm.
Abdominal exercises accounted for 51 percent of exercise-induced
orgasms, followed by weight lifting (27 percent), yoga (20
percent), bicycling (16 percent), running (13 percent) and
walking/hiking (10 percent).
The mechanisms behind exercise-induced orgasms and
exercise-induced sexual pleasure remain unclear, but the
researchers hope to learn more about the triggers for both
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