What Actually Happens To Your Body When You Orgasm

Roughly 70% of women are unable to reach orgasm during intercourse, whilst most are able to reach orgasm through foreplay and clitoral stimulation. This is in stark contrast to the 75% of men who are able to climax through intercourse every single time they have sex.

Those who have yet to have one are no doubt working tirelessly to reach climax, whilst those who know how amazing they are will sit there, silently smug. Did you know though that an orgasm is just as amazing for your physical well-being as it is for your mental-wellbeing? It can help to improve your heart function, boost your immune system, reduce your stress levels and even (according to some studies) decrease your risk of cancer.

Ever wonder what an orgasm really does to you though? when you’re in the throes of the ‘Big O’, here’s exactly what happens to your body…

Your Brain

The brain changes immensely during sex; the area of your brain responsible for logical thought (the prefrontal cortex) shuts down, and the area of your brain responsible for regulating your feeling (the limbic system) not surprisingly takes over, which brings out the animalistic traits during sex that you may even shock yourself with. The brain also releases dopamine, the hormone that rewards the body, making an orgasm even more intense.


Your Eyes

Your pupils dilate leading up to, and during an orgasm, meaning that for a short while your eyesight will be at its best.


Your Skin

Your pain threshold more than doubles during sex, allowing you to have rough sex (if that’s your kind of thing). This means that scratching, biting and being thrown about are far more fun that they would be in normal circumstances!


Your Mouth

The closer you get to an orgasm; the more saliva is produced. That’s why having a mid-intercourse smooch is usually a lot moister and messy than it might be outside of the bedroom – not forgetting to mention that you’re also trying to smooch whilst moving around.


Your Heart

Vigorous or not, the average blood pressure increases to 280 during sex, with your heart rate soaring to over 100 beats per minute. With your body going into overdrive, it’s also no surprise that your temperature soars, resulting in the stereotypical ‘sex sweats’ portrayed in all film and television sex scenes.

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Your Chest

In women more than men, breasts and nipples are likely to become enlarged and more sensitive than normal – this is merely a sign of arousal.


Your Pelvis

The pelvis works differently on men and women; men will find that their pelvis, hip, legs and lower back muscles will tighten up and tense during sex, and particularly close to an orgasm, whereas women will find that theirs tend to relax.

If you’re yet to have an orgasm, don’t fear – not only is it quite common, you don’t want to put pressure on yourself to reach climax as you’ll only reduce your chances. Just lie back and enjoy the practice!

Found in Sexual Health