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WOW: What Happens to Your Body When You Orgasm

FYI: it’s all about your brain.

When you reach the big O, nothing else really matters – for (most) women, it’s better than chocolate, cake, wine, a juicy episode of Real Housewives… It’s basically one of the best things we’re able to experience – especially those full-body, toe-curling, ‘scream out loud and don’t care’ orgasms.

But what exactly happens to your body when you orgasm? According to researchers at Brown University, ‘During orgasm, endorphins are released into the bloodstream and these chemicals might make you feel happy, giddy, flushed, warm or sleepy’ – so sex is one of the best ‘sleeping tablets’!

AsapSCIENCE – a brilliant YouTube channel that offers a ‘weekly dose of fun and interesting science’ – created a video detailing the science of orgasms. According to the channel’s creators, the body’s sexual response is broken down into four simple stages: excitement, plateau (of arousal), orgasm and resolution. As you get more aroused, the ‘brain stimulates blood flow to the genitals, your heart beat and breathing increase, and the central nervous system is fully engaged, sending signals of enjoyment to the brain’s reward system … resulting in your orgasm.’

Women can experience multiple orgasms (it IS possible!) and they can last about 20 seconds. As you climax, rhythmic contractions occur between the uterus, vagina, pelvic muscles and anus – which results in that intense rush down under that feels like your ‘pleasure mountain’ has just exploded. But the organ that is behind all the bliss is, of course, the brain. Dopamine and oxytocin are both released, making you feel all the feels.

Watch the video to get a full breakdown on what happens to your body when lurve takes over:

AsapSCIENCE:YouTube

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