And how can we have more of them?
Our worlds were recently rocked by news that the much beloved G-Spot does not actually exist, which then made us wonder are we expecting too much from orgasms? As it happens, the pleasure we experience during sex is actually thanks to something called the CUV complex.
But that still doesn’t tell us why orgasms DO feel SO good.
Thankfully we weren’t alone in pondering that very thought. A new study has broken down exactly what happens to our body during orgasm, which results in that wonderful feeling we’re all (hopefully) familiar with.
Neuroscientist Adam Safron undertook the research and has outlined how rhythmic stimulation alters our brain activity during climax, which is why orgasms can feel so good.
In short, sexual stimulation focuses our neurons to the point that we are sent into a trance. This trance allows us to concentrate solely on the pleasurable sensation we are experiencing. Talk about intense.
‘Sex is a source of pleasurable sensations and emotional connection, but beyond that, it’s actually an altered state of consciousness,’ Dr. Safron explains.
When in this trance, we lose all sense of self-awareness and consciousness and are able to block out all other nosies, feelings and smells around us.
For his research, Dr. Safron reviewed related studies and literature that have been compiled over the years and created a model which shows how rhythmic sexual actively influences brain rhythms.
The stimulation of particular nerves in a particular way and at a particular speed in a repetitive motion forces our neurons to focus on the activity and synchronize their own activity to it. So they basically join in on the fun, as it were.
As the stimulation carries out, this joint up synchronization spreads throughout the brain and allows it to focus only on the sensation our body is experiencing. This is known as neural entertainment, which seems like a rather fitting name if you ask us.
Of course, if you’re partner has this trait then you are probably LESS likely to orgasm regardless of this new revelation.
‘Before this paper, we knew what lit up in the brain when people had orgasms, and we knew a lot about the hormonal and neurochemical factors in non-human animals, but we didn’t really know why sex and orgasm feel the way they do,’ says Dr. Safron.
To his surprise, Dr. Safron also found similarities between the patterns experienced in the brain during sexual climax to those seen during dance, listening to music and having seizures as all four take over the brain’s sensory channels with a rhythmic input.
‘Although obvious in retrospect, I wasn’t expecting to find that sexual activity was so similar to music and dance, not just in the nature of the experiences, but also in that evolutionarily, rhythm-keeping ability may serve as a test of fitness for potential mates.’