For some of us exercise alone makes us feel great, refreshed, relaxed…but what if exercising also gave you an orgasm? According to a recent report from Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in Indiana University’s School of Health, and J. Dennis Fortenberry, M.D., professor at the IU surveys online said from the women who took the survey, 246 said they experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure or EISP, 124 women reported having exercise-induced orgasms. Forty percent of those women said they have experienced pleasure or orgasm on more than 10 occasions. The women ranged from 18 to 63, around 70% were heterosexual and most were married or in a relationship. The findings are published in a special issue of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal in the area of sex therapy and sexual health.
So what kind of exercises were they doing, you may be asking yourself?
According to Yahoo! Shine, Debby Herbenick said, “The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting. … These data are interesting because they suggest that orgasm is not necessarily a sexual event, and they may also teach us more about the bodily processes underlying women’s experiences of orgasm.”
It has been coined “coregasm” since it mostly happens with core exercises (and sorry men, it is very rare to happen to you). The experience also isn’t just a “quicky”, it usually takes a few sit-ups to get to the point of pleasure. According to Time Magazine, Herbenick said, “It’s often on number 15 or number 30.”
So does this mean exercise not only improves your health but you sexual health as well? According to EurekaAlert.org, Herbenick cautioned that it is not yet known whether such exercises can improve women’s sexual experiences.
But the good news is that it doesn’t appear to be a serious issue either, other than maybe making the woman feel self-conscious or embarrassed.
All I know is that when I head to the gym today, I may be a little more motivated than usual when it comes to my core workout. And if nothing happens other than maybe getting a little closer to firmer abs, I’ll feel sexier when I go home to my fiancé who can maybe, umm, you know where I’m going with this.