How do orgasms affect the brain?

Orgasms obviously affect your genitals, but they also affect your brain. During sexual activity, your nerves send signals to your brain to communicate sexual stimulation and arousal. During orgasm, brain waves start to change. Orgasms cause the release of certain hormones - such as oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins - that circulate throughout your body and your brain. These hormones create the happy, relaxed feeling that comes after an orgasm.

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What is an orgasm? An orgasm is a release of built-up sexual tension and a source of sexual pleasure for both men and women. For women, the vagina and clitoris become engorged with blood, leading to contractions of the vagina. For ...

men, blood flow causes the penis to become erect, usually causing the release of semen at the point of climax. Orgasms are experienced differently by different people, depending on the type of stimulation used, such as masturbation, clitoral stimulation, a sense of intimacy with a partner and other factors. Learn more about orgasms with expert advice from Sharecare.
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