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Orgasm

What is an orgasm?

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  • Orgasms are the sudden release of built-up sexual tension. Orgasms feel different for every person, and the same person may even feel different during each orgasm they have. Usually orgasms involve muscle contractions that feel like very pleasurable pulsations in the pelvic area that are quickly followed by a sense of relaxation. Both males and females can have orgasms, and they may happen during almost any kind of sexual activity.

  • For some of us, orgasm is a special source of sexual pleasure. It can be mild, like a hiccup, a sneeze, a ripple, or a peaceful sigh; it can be a sensuous experience, as the body glows with warmth; it can be intensely physical or even ecstatic, as we lose awareness of ourselves for a time. Orgasm can be primarily physical, but it usually has emotional aspects as well. Feelings of intimacy can enhance your orgasms, which in turn can enhance intimacy. An orgasm may feel totally different at different times even with the same person, and when you masturbate or make love. It may feel different with a finger, fist, penis, or dildo in the vagina, or a vibrator on the clitoris.

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  • AEvelyn Minaya, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered
    Dr. Evelyn Minaya - What is an orgasm?

    An orgasm isn't always the dramatic event that Hollywood portrays it to be, says obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Evelyn Minaya. Find out what actually happens in your body during an orgasm by watching this video.


  • AHealthwise answered

    Orgasm is a series of intense, pleasurable muscle contractions in the pelvic area. This is the result of genital stimulation.

    Before orgasm, the body's muscles have tightened, and blood vessels in the genital area have swelled with blood. When this has reached a peak (climax), the muscles suddenly relax, and orgasm follows.

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  • AEmily Nagoski, Psychology, answered on behalf of Good In Bed

    What is orgasm, after all? It’s the explosive release of sexual tension, when that tension crosses a certain threshold. If the orgasm fails to dissipate a bunch of that tension, then another orgasm can happen again soon, as long as you continue to add more stimulation and tension. (This isn’t really true for men. When a man ejaculates, his body shuts down sexually -- it’s called refraction -- and he truly can’t get aroused. This helps explain why men tend to fall asleep after sex. If a guy can control his ejaculation, he could orgasm again, but that’s a pretty demanding skill.)

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