Q&A: Coregasms, Or Exercise-Induced Orgasms

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QUESTION: I've been seeing stuff all over the internet about "coregasms." How do these happen? Do both women and men experience them?

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"Coregasms" get their popular name from the association with core muscular exercises.

That’s my research!

Together with a colleague, we conducted a study on what we call exercise-induced orgasms and exercise-induced sexual pleasure.

(Exercise-induced sexual pleasure is when individuals feel aroused or excited during exercise and may even come close to experiencing orgasm, but don’t actually have one.)

This can happen during a number of types of exercise, including crunches, Captain’s chair abdominal exercises, biking, spinning, pull-ups, chin-ups, yoga, running, flexed arm hang exercises, and more.

Though our initial study was focused on women’s experiences of orgasms and sexual pleasure during exercise, we’ve heard from a number of men who describe having experienced it themselves (often while climbing or doing pull-ups, chin-ups, sit-ups or other core abdominal exercises).

We don’t fully understand how it happens yet, but we’re working on it!

In the mean time, you can read more about these so-called “coregasms” (which get their popular name from the association with core muscular exercises) in my newest book, Sex Made Easy: Your Awkward Questions Answered-For Better, Smarter, Amazing Sex.

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Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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