You read the title right. Exercise Induced Orgasms (EIOs) are a real thing according the Indiana University School of Medicine. Published in the journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, they found that exercise alone could induce a sexual orgasm in women. Dubbed, “coregasm”, they also found that it took place during abdominal specific exercises about 50% of the time while other orgasms took place while doing things such as lifting weights, yoga, and biking/running. The women who were studied and reported on the experience never claimed to have been fantasizing about anyone or anything in particular once the orgasm had occurred.
The co-author of the study, Debby 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”.
To add, a much more common experience is Exercise Induced Sexual Pleasure (EISP), which isn’t to the level of orgasm but still is an involuntary sexual reaction to general abdominal exercises.
One female wrote, “Seems on my third set of 15 reps, if I crank out a few more reps and go to 20, well, yeah, I can have an orgasm! and no one notices, trust me.” So it seems this dirty little secret about women isn’t a secret anymore. Another woman wrote, “I have to be lying down and usually put a small towel or pillow under my lower back. I get the best ‘coregasm’ when I lower my feet close to the floor.”
Herbenick postulated, ”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”. I will take a few sentences from MensHealth Blog as an example, “Kali, from Oklahoma, says that she first discovered the coregasm when doing a “hanging hold”–like in the top position of a chinup. Later, she found that if she “held a leg and shoulder lift” during sex, “it only intensified the pulsing.” In the gym, she says that the coregasm usually starts after five repetitions of the hanging leg raise. And, she adds, “I’m just glad to know I’m not the only one with this side effect.”
A bit of insight was given when MensHealth asked a sex therapist Victoria Zdrok, Ph.D about the phenomena. She said, ”A lot of women require a buildup of tension in their legs before they can achieve the release of orgasm. So, when a woman exercises, the release of endorphins and dopamine, which are necessary for orgasm, combined with the tension in the lower extremities, can cause the clitoral stimulation [that is needed]“.
From a fitness perspective, Joy Davidson, Ph.D says, ”When that happens, usually it’s women who already have very strong pelvic muscles, and when they’re doing certain exercises that are tapping into the deep core or into the quads and inner thighs, what they wind up doing is almost automatically squeezing pelvic muscles in addition. When they squeeze hard enough, especially if they’re already fit, they can have what feels like a mini-orgasm.”
So, to my readers, normally this is the time I would offer up your comments/experiences/questions, but I’m unsure if any woman is willing to put forth, so to speak. But thanks to this new information, strobes of men will be keeping their eyes peeled at the gym (more so then usual), while women will be trying their damnedest to ‘make it happen’, while still not getting caught. Let the games begin!