Q&A: Coregasms, Or Exercise-Induced Orgasms
Posted July 5, 2012
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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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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