Skip to comments.Study: Exercise can lead to female orgasm, sexual pleasure
Posted on 03/20/2012 10:35:33 AM PDT by Pharmboy
Researcher Debby Herbenick.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Findings from a first-of-its-kind study by Indiana University researchers confirm anecdotal evidence that exercise -- absent sex or fantasies -- can lead to female orgasm.
While the findings are new, reports of this phenomenon, sometimes called "coregasm" because of its association with exercises for core abdominal muscles, have circulated in the media for years, said Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In addition to being a researcher, Herbenick is a widely read advice columnist and book author.
"The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting," Herbenick said. "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 published in a special issue of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, a leading peer-reviewed journal in the area of sex therapy and sexual health. Co-author is J. Dennis Fortenberry, M.D., professor at the IU School of Medicine and Center for Sexual Health Promotion affiliate.
The results are based on surveys administered online to 124 women who reported experiencing exercise-induced orgasms (EIO) and 246 women who experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure (EISP). The women ranged in age from 18 to 63. Most were in a relationship or married, and about 69 percent identified themselves as heterosexual.
Here are some key findings:
About 40 percent of women who had experienced EIO and EISP had done so on more than 10 occasions. Most of the women in the EIO group reported feeling some degree of self-consciousness when exercising in public places, with about 20 percent reporting they could not control their experience. Most women reporting EIO said they were not fantasizing sexually or thinking about anyone they were attracted to during their experiences. Diverse types of physical exercise were associated with EIO and EISP. Of the EIO group, 51.4 percent reported experiencing an orgasm in connection with abdominal exercises within the previous 90 days. Others reported experiencing orgasm in connection to such exercises as weight lifting (26.5 percent), yoga (20 percent), bicycling (15.8), running (13.2 percent) and walking/hiking (9.6 percent). In open-ended responses, ab exercises were particularly associated with the "captain's chair," which consists of a rack with padded arm rests and back support that allows the legs to hang free. The goal is to repeatedly lift the knees toward the chest or toward a 90-degree angle with the body.
Herbenick said that the mechanisms behind exercise-induced orgasm and exercise-induced sexual pleasure remain unclear and, in future research, they hope to learn more about triggers for both. She also said that study findings may help women who experience EIO/EISP feel more normal about their experiences or put them into context.
Herbenick cautioned that it is not yet known whether such exercises can improve women's sexual experiences.
"It may be that exercise -- which is already known to have significant benefits to health and well-being -- has the potential to enhance women's sexual lives as well."
The study did not determine how common it is for women to experience exercise-induced orgasm or exercise-induced sexual pleasure. But the authors note that it took only five weeks to recruit the 370 women who experienced the phenomenon, suggesting it is not rare.
"Magazines and blogs have long highlighted cases of what they sometimes call 'coregasms,'" Herbenick said. "But aside from early reports by Kinsey and colleagues, this is an area of women's sexual health research that has been largely ignored over the past six decades."
You have to admit she has a couple good points.
(and plenty of hard data out there I’m sure she could turn to)
I am going to the gym tonight, as I do 3 times a week. I will be paying special attention to the women tonight. I had no idea this was happening, but I’m rather pleased that it does. It gives me another reason to frequent that place.
As Chaunce E Gardener says “I like to watch”.
Indiana U., home of the sadomasochist, Alfred Kinsey, whose fraudulent work kicked off the sexual revolution.
Still a cesspool, it appears.
She's got HUGE . . . tracts of land!
What organisms would those be? Bacteria, Single Cell, ... ?
Sure. Particularly when the choice of exercise involves deep sea drilling.
Compared to what that lying pervert did/wrote/daid this is mild.
I thought it was quite interesting that she just didn’t have a head shot like most have in this situation. She’s proud of ‘em (as she should be).
Her exercise routine ends with an afterglow cigarette.
They say it’s really all in the mind so I exercise my mind...aka go to the library...THEN go to the meat market.
Here I thought they were out of breath because they worked out so much....
Little girls and horses. It starts young.
“climbing poles or ropes”
...uh, er, umm, well ya see...
True. But who knows what the Rockefeller Foundation is funding these days, considering what is being taught to school children.
I hoped that the place would have been bull dozed and the ground salted.
As taxpayers, we’re paying for this in one way or another.
So why did the Mrs. get so upset when I bought her a gym membership?
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Creepy ol’ Uncle Al is alive and well.
Funny you should ask.
No. A lot of people--men, plus women who don't ride--assume that women experience sexual pleasure from the movement of the horse. Horsewomen in general are VERY frank about sex, but in all my years of riding I have never heard one woman say she got sexual pleasure from riding. More women complain about being hurt down there, and horsewomen's forums have lengthy discussions about how to avoid pain and what to wear to avoid getting torn up.
Women get a lot of pleasure from riding, but it's not sexual pleasure.
Yes it happens with women who work out very hard with weights and cardio. Lifting weights especially increases the natural testosterine in women which increases the sexual desire just as it does in men. Piddlying around with 5 lbs weights for 10 minutes won't cut it though, women have to work out hard using various machines and free weights fro 40 minutes to an hour on a regular basis.
There are also certain machines(not the treadmill or ellipticals) in the gym where women actually have orgasms or get near that level and numerous threads on fitness sites which discuss this happening.
My gf and I work out 6-7 days pr week with weights and cardio and it without a doubt raises libidio in women. I'm trying not to be funny here but it's a fact.
This is old news to people who work out hard on a regular basis.
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