Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sex — A Change of Pace and Possibilities

Today's post is slightly off the track of usual topics, which is probably a good idea occasionally. 

First I ran into this article: http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/19/10759818-no-sex-necessary-women-have-orgasms-at-the-gym-study-shows

Here's a direct quote:

"Women may not need a guy, a vibrator, or any other direct sexual stimulation to have an orgasm, finds a new study on exercise-induced orgasms and sexual pleasure.
The findings add qualitative and quantitative data to a field that has been largely unstudied, according to researcher Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University. For instance, Alfred Kinsey and his colleagues first reported the phenomenon in 1953, saying that about 5 percent of women they had interviewed mentioned orgasm linked to physical exercise. However, they couldn't know the actual prevalence because most of these women volunteered the information without being directly asked."

This wasn't a surprise to me — or news — because I've had several colleagues over the years who were sex therapists. I roamed around a bit to see if I could find in writing what I thought I knew from my office mates. Here's the link and a direct quote:

"Kegel exercises create an increase in pelvic vascularity which means more blood flow and more veins in the pelvic region. This will increase your awareness of the clitoral and vaginal sensations that lead to orgasm. Any stronger muscle will contract more powerfully than would a flabby muscle, and hence the likelihood of stronger orgasms is much higher with stronger PC muscles."

Doing Kegel immediately prior to, or even during, lovemaking can increase the probablity of female orgasm on the spot!

As many of you know from yoga, tightening and releasing muscles in the thighs, abdomen, and pelvic floor are often part of the practice. The term "yogasms" was coined to describe the apparent spontaneous response that some women experienced.

Is this a secret, even among women who know? A secret from men? Or do most women and men know about this interesting connection — except the researchers at Indiana University who just found out?
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  1. It's probably not something many women would admit to. I remember it happening to me in early childhood when I did pull ups on the bar at the school playground. I didn't know what it was that I was feeling so I used to call it "the funny feeling" I did tell my mother about it once and asked her what it was about. She sort of mumbled something and then tried to change the subject. Needless to say, I developed some pretty buffed arms during childhood!

    1. I agree that many women wouldn't admit to it, but not sure why not. Would it seem too brazen, independent, jockish, un-feminine? Would the disclosure offend men and be a turn off? Dunno, but I'd be interested in your intelligent guesses, readers.


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