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What is an orgasm?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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.

Emily Nagoski
Emily Nagoski on behalf of Good In Bed
Psychology

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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