Q&A: Is It Possible To Orgasm By Intense Concentration Alone?

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QUESTION: Can people have orgasms by intense concentration and focus without being physically touched?

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Even the most pleasurable forms of touch don’t always lead to orgasm unless a person is feeling psychologically stimulated.

The Power of Positive Thinking

Yes, actually there have been a few documented cases of people who are able to have orgasms from sexual fantasy alone.

Also, many women and men have orgasms while they are asleep, with no apparent type of touching or physical stimulation going on, unless they are perhaps inadvertently rubbing their genitals against their bed or pillows without realizing it.

Different Folks, Different Strokes

The experience of orgasm is interesting to many people for these reasons, among others.

Although physical stimulation is a common part of the orgasm picture, it isn’t everything. Even the most pleasurable forms of touch don’t always lead to orgasm unless a person is feeling psychologically stimulated or aroused, or concentrating on sexual ideas or thoughts, as well.

Some people orgasm best under feelings of high concentration. Others find that deep breathing and a sense of relaxation help them to orgasm more easily.

Focus on the Head

Because of the central role of the mind during sexual pleasure and orgasm, the brain is sometimes described as “the biggest sex organ” that people have. That said, we don’t fully understand why some people are able to orgasm more easily than other people or why some people, like you, can orgasm from intense concentration and focus without any type of physical touching happening.

More Information

You can learn more about the orgasms – how they happen, the nerve pathways involved, the role of the mind, and differences as well as similarities between women and men – in The Orgasm Answer Guide.

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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