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Study: Exercise can lead to female orgasm, sexual pleasure
Indiana University ^ | March 19, 2012 | Debby Herbenick

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."


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Hobbies; Science; Sports
KEYWORDS: exercise; indiana; sex
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Really?
1 posted on 03/20/2012 10:35:46 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy

One more reason to spend time at the gym.


2 posted on 03/20/2012 10:38:13 AM PDT by detective
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To: Pharmboy
So let me get this straight.

If I work out, a woman somewhere will have an orgasm. :)

WOW! I'm good. But I never knew I was that good.

3 posted on 03/20/2012 10:38:44 AM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: Pharmboy

.... I’ll post later, I’m off for a jog (?!)


4 posted on 03/20/2012 10:39:12 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Pharmboy

Just because you’re breathing hard doesn’t mean something fun is going on.


5 posted on 03/20/2012 10:40:05 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Pharmboy

confirmed: exercise is good for you


6 posted on 03/20/2012 10:40:26 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: Pharmboy

Are we sure Debbie doesn’t need more data to support her case?


7 posted on 03/20/2012 10:41:57 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Pharmboy

I’ll be checking this thread later, I just know it will be loaded with a great deal of side splitting humor.


8 posted on 03/20/2012 10:42:02 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Pharmboy

Debbie is cute.

Wish she would research my organisms.


9 posted on 03/20/2012 10:44:35 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Pharmboy

Does this include horseback riding?


10 posted on 03/20/2012 10:44:56 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Pharmboy
It works for men to. Just listen to Arnold Swcharzenegger’s lecture on “the pump” in the movie “Pumping Iron”.
11 posted on 03/20/2012 10:46:10 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Pharmboy

Cowgirl up, reverse and ride that “ pony “ to town


12 posted on 03/20/2012 10:47:03 AM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: Pharmboy

Ind. University? With their temple to the pervert Kinsey? Yeah, I’m sure Debbie has lots of advice.


13 posted on 03/20/2012 10:47:41 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Pharmboy

“Not tonight honey, do some situps.”


14 posted on 03/20/2012 10:48:22 AM PDT by pallis
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To: bolobaby

Debbie Does Decathalon


15 posted on 03/20/2012 10:49:15 AM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Pharmboy
Was it good for you?

16 posted on 03/20/2012 10:49:29 AM PDT by y6162
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To: y6162

She does have a beautiful pair of...eyes.


17 posted on 03/20/2012 10:50:39 AM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Pharmboy
Study: Exercise can lead to female orgasm, sexual pleasure

This is not news. But it does explain the reason why women's gymanstics is so popular.
 
 
Yeah, buddy.


18 posted on 03/20/2012 10:51:33 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: freedomlover

My first thought...


19 posted on 03/20/2012 10:52:02 AM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: freedomlover

With or without a saddle?


20 posted on 03/20/2012 10:52:40 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: bolobaby; Pharmboy

You have to admit she has a couple good points.

(and plenty of hard data out there I’m sure she could turn to)


21 posted on 03/20/2012 10:54:35 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Pharmboy

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”.


22 posted on 03/20/2012 10:55:34 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Pharmboy

Indiana U., home of the sadomasochist, Alfred Kinsey, whose fraudulent work kicked off the sexual revolution.

http://www.amazon.com/Kinsey-Crimes-Consequences-Judith-Reisman/dp/B000KT7ZYK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332266032&sr=8-1

Still a cesspool, it appears.


23 posted on 03/20/2012 10:56:32 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Fightin Whitey

She's got HUGE . . . tracts of land!

24 posted on 03/20/2012 10:58:27 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: y6162

What organisms would those be? Bacteria, Single Cell, ... ?


25 posted on 03/20/2012 10:59:48 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Pharmboy

Sure. Particularly when the choice of exercise involves deep sea drilling.


26 posted on 03/20/2012 11:01:26 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Compared to what that lying pervert did/wrote/daid this is mild.


27 posted on 03/20/2012 11:01:33 AM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Fightin Whitey

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).


28 posted on 03/20/2012 11:04:00 AM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Pharmboy

Her exercise routine ends with an afterglow cigarette.


29 posted on 03/20/2012 11:04:15 AM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . 2012 for change, this time for the people)
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To: BlueStateBlues

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.


30 posted on 03/20/2012 11:08:44 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Chuzzlewit

Exactly...

Here I thought they were out of breath because they worked out so much....


31 posted on 03/20/2012 11:09:02 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Bender2; SunkenCiv; neverdem; blam; Lazamataz

yes...Yes...YEs...YES...ping.


32 posted on 03/20/2012 11:09:06 AM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Yeah, buddy”

She’s 9.


33 posted on 03/20/2012 11:12:11 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: Pharmboy

Little girls and horses. It starts young.


34 posted on 03/20/2012 11:14:26 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Pharmboy

“climbing poles or ropes”

...uh, er, umm, well ya see...


35 posted on 03/20/2012 11:17:11 AM PDT by albie
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To: Pharmboy

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.

Apparently not:
http://www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu/

As taxpayers, we’re paying for this in one way or another.


36 posted on 03/20/2012 11:17:44 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Pharmboy

So why did the Mrs. get so upset when I bought her a gym membership?


37 posted on 03/20/2012 11:18:31 AM PDT by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: Pharmboy

Oh boy....

Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Sexual Health

To effectively promote sexual health requires that researchers seek to fully understand the complexity of human sexual expression within the context of the lived experiences of individuals and the communities in which they are embedded. To accomplish this, our Center has remained committed to research that incorporates the principles of community based participatory research. Our students receive intensive training in the application of these principles to sexual health research and the vast majority of our work across all priority areas is grounded in participatory mechanisms.

Creepy ol’ Uncle Al is alive and well.


38 posted on 03/20/2012 11:22:11 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: freedomlover
Does this include horseback riding?

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.

39 posted on 03/20/2012 11:24:04 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Chuzzlewit
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

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.

40 posted on 03/20/2012 11:29:37 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: Pharmboy
...about 69 percent identified themselves as heterosexual.

Really? only 69%?

41 posted on 03/20/2012 11:33:34 AM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: freedomlover

Very tillable too I hear!


42 posted on 03/20/2012 11:35:43 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey

Oh, absolutely. A couple very good, well rounded points.


43 posted on 03/20/2012 11:37:32 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Apparently not: http://www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu/ As taxpayers, we’re paying for this in one way or another.

Nothing wrong with science that is doing legitimate research on improving sexual health.

44 posted on 03/20/2012 11:38:13 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: ottbmare

You are absolutely correct. I had a horse from the time I was 12 till about 17 and then again later on when I was older and married. When I was a teen I didn’t even own a saddle, I rode bareback (not me, the horse) and there was no sexual pleasure. The pleasure was the wind in my face and the freedom.


45 posted on 03/20/2012 11:42:05 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: ottbmare

Virtually everything in our culture has to turn into something sexual. In all my years of riding I never had heard of such a thing until recently. I suppose anything can happen but I think a lot of this stuff is garbage perpetrated by our 15 year old boy culture. I’m not surprised that a lot of men buy into it. I’m more surprised that more and more women seem to be buying into this stuff.
Oh, and btw, any study that relies on a “researcher” asking someone questions can always be suspect. It’s not exactly hard science (no pun intended).


46 posted on 03/20/2012 11:43:19 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Ditter
You said it.

The pleasure was the wind in my face and the freedom.

47 posted on 03/20/2012 11:48:10 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Sacajaweau

I do my own yard and most other heavy work, gather and cut up my own wood. I hike a couple of miles in the woods just about every day-I live in a rural area-most times, I take a favorite book with me and spend an hour or so sitting in a place hidden in the trees reading and utilizing my imagination-all the more useful since I no longer have a MrT5-you’re right-it really is all in the mind...


48 posted on 03/20/2012 11:49:08 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Pharmboy

This is a bunch of hooey, just another person seeking their 15 minutes of fame, whereas, now I’m getting my 15 minutes for posting this reply ...

But seriously, I don’t believe it for a second.


49 posted on 03/20/2012 11:50:03 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Pharmboy

Sounds like fat chicks are SOL if exercise does it...........


50 posted on 03/20/2012 11:50:16 AM PDT by doorgunner69
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