Climax, cum, finish, the big “O” – whatever your preferred term, having an orgasm is the highlight of sexual activity for many people. However, most of the adult population doesn’t know much about this mind-blowing experience, which is ridiculous considering how crazy amazing orgasms can make you feel!
So if you’re just a little bit curious, here’s a rundown of 9 crazy things that your body does when you orgasm!
1 – The body goes into overdrive
Having an orgasm is like reaching the finish line after an intense sprint – your pulse is at its peak, your blood pressure rises and your breathing rate is off the charts.
That’s why people tend to develop that out of breath, flushed look when they climax giving them that sought-after post-coital glow.
2 – Your hormones explode
Since reaching the big ‘O’ has such a big effect on us physically, it can be easy to forget what a huge part our brains play during the experience (especially for women).
Lots of hormones are released during an orgasm, specifically dopamine, adrenaline, and oxytocin.
3 – Emotions can explode too
Ever wonder why everything seems so rosy after you climax? That’s because the hormones that are released have a huge influence on your body and mind during orgasm.
The most powerful of them is oxytocin or the ‘feel-good hormone’, which can make you feel closer to your partner.
It can also make women feel less pain, which is why having sex is a great solution for menstrual cramps!
4 – Women’s anxiety decreases
It’s said that in order to reach climax, women have to feel comfortable enough to forget the small stuff and let themselves go.
Ironically, this happens naturally during an orgasm when the regions in the brain that monitor anxiety and fear – the amygdala and hippocampus – function at a lower capacity and allow women to experience pleasure without inhibition.
5 – Body parts expand
The penis isn’t the only body part that expands when sexually excited; breasts can also get larger, up to 25 percent to be exact! The vulva also becomes engorged, due to the amount of blood that rushes to the pelvic area too!
The vagina is also enlarged in order to make room for a penis (if so inclined), a sex toy, or anything else that gives its owner pleasure.
6 – The clitoris gets smaller
It may seem counterproductive that the organ that’s sole purpose is to give pleasure becomes smaller during orgasm, but it’s actually true!
Although the clitoris does expand like the rest of the vulva in the run-up to climax, it seems to retreat just moments before… Thankfully this doesn’t affect the intensity of the clitoral orgasm, which remains AMAZING!
7 – The muscles in your nether regions work out
If you feel like the muscles in your lower body are having a dance party when you climax, you’re not alone!
Muscles in the vagina, anus and uterus contract and then release, producing those waves of pleasure that feels so damn great. The magical-being that is the vagina can pulse extremely quickly depending on the intensity of the orgasm – some can last up to 15 seconds and longer!
8 – The uterus contracts
Another body part that contracts is the uterus (who knew!). This apparently helps ‘suck up’ sperm and contain it within the body in order to increase the chances of pregnancy.
9 – Male & female ejaculation
No surprise here, men usually (but not always) ejaculate the seminal fluids that have collected in the urethral bulb during orgasm.
Women can also ejaculate, although the amount and the contents of the fluid isn’t concrete. What separates the two is that female ejaculation isn’t necessarily tied to orgasms, making multiple ejaculations (and orgasms) possible!