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The big O

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There’s a new reason to hit the gym. “Coregasm” is the phenomena of exercise-induced female orgasm, most commonly from abdominal exercises, weight lifting, yoga and cycling.

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Findings from a first-of-its-kind study confirm anecdotal evidence that exercise can lead to female orgasm. Some call it “coregasm” because of its association with exercises for core abdominal muscles – not a bad side effect of hitting the gym!

“This data is interesting because it suggests that orgasm is not necessarily a sexual event, and it may also teach us more about the bodily processes underlying women’s experiences of orgasm,” says Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

The findings were published in a special issue of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, a leading peer-reviewed journal in the area of sex therapy and sexual health.

Debby adds: “It may be that exercise, which is already known to have significant benefits to health and wellbeing, has the potential to enhance women’s sexual lives as well.”

Key O-facts:

  • Around 40 per cent of the women who had experienced the Big O during exercise had done so on more than 10 occasions.
  • Most of the women were somewhat self-conscious when exercising in public places, with 20 per cent saying they could not control their experience.
  • Most women said they were not fantasising sexually or thinking about anyone they were attracted to during their experience.
  • Over 50 per cent of the women reported experiencing an orgasm in connection with abdominal exercises.
  • 26.5 per cent reported experiencing orgasm when lifting weights.
  • 20 per cent experienced orgasm when doing yoga.
  • 16 per cent experienced orgasm when cycling, 13 per cent when running and nearly 10 per cent even experienced it when walking or hiking.

It may be that exercise, which is already known to have significant benefits to health and wellbeing, has the potential to enhance women’s sexual lives as well.