What happens down there during orgasm

After the big success of the TV series Master of Sex, we are (probably) more familiar with what happens to our bodies during the orgasm. We have to thank, among the others, the real doctors Master and Johnson for spending all their life studying our bodies during sex, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to explain orgasm from a medical point of view. But, for the ones who missed that episode, I’d like to give you some insights on how our body really reacts to the right stimulation. After all, when we are having an orgasm we don’t stop to look at our vagina to see what’s happening down there!

That’s how the vagina reacts to the right stimulation and state of mind: the outer labia gets smaller and flatten to open the way, whilst the inner labia can even triple their dimensions and get a darker colour immediately before reaching the climax. The clitoris (which at that point is hard and clear to feel) disappears under its hoop. Warning!! This is not the sign to stop, on the contrary is actually when you have to keep on tickling. The external part of the vagina squeeze to keep it inside (she’ smart!) while the vaginal canal dilates and can extend notably. Last but not least, we have the glorious fast contractions that express the climax moment around the pelvic area, vaginal muscles, perineum and anus.

Far from the zone X, as all our body wants to participate to the party, the heartbeats double and blood pressure increases, same for pupil’s size, pain threshold and breathing. To complete the picture all the pleasure is connected to our brain through neural impulses (basically the orgasm is an electric and chemical reaction).

But ladies, don’t worry if you have never felt all of this together! Each body is different. The orgasm’s intensity could vary a lot and so it’s duration.

Science proved that female orgasms last longer compare to males. Interesting to notice, the contractions both male and female experience when climax have a very similar rhythm due to the kind of tissue involved. But women win on the number of contractions: from 3 to 5 if you are having a quickie to even 8 to 12 for a great job. Sorry guys, usually you have 4.

All the studies on physical reaction during orgasm have perhaps raised curiosity on another hot topic: is there a way to understand if we are faking it? It’s quite difficult to prove if you only consider those changing. In fact some women may not experience some of the typical traits and orgasm anyway, particularly due to the fact that the majority of those are easily simulated or difficult to check. An answer comes from Dr. Kortekaas (2006): the ultimate proof is the high frequency of vaginal muscles contraction (8-13Hz). So, unless you have a probe to track them, forget about it.