By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine
OK, here's a super-personal question for you: have you ever had an orgasm... while working out? Stories have circulated (even here on Vitamin G!) for years about the "coregasm"--an exercise-induced orgasm that's often correlated with core-strengthening workouts (thus the name). And now, there's research to back it up.
A new anecdote-based study by researchers at Indiana University has confirmed that some women can (and do!) experience sexual pleasure through exercise alone--no fantasies, no sex. Just exercise.
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According to Debby Herbenick, a researcher for the study: "The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting. ... 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."
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The researchers aren't clear on the physical mechanisms that make "coregasms" possible in women, but they say that--according to the 370 women in the study who have experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure--having one isn't rare. After all, about 40 percent of women surveying have experienced it on more than 10 occasions.
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Honestly, this doesn't surprise me. After all, exercise already releases a bunch of feel-good hormones, gets your blood pumping, and puts you in closer touch with all the signals your body is sending. Throw in some well-placed gym equipment--and, well, why not?
Have you ever heard of "coregasms"? Have you ever experienced one?
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