The Science Behind What Happens To Your Brain And Body When You Orgasm

You enter a "kind of trance"

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During sex, that magic crescendo can be (understandably) a bit of a blur. Which is why researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois set out to demystify what it is that happens to our brains and bodies when you hit the big O.

Study author Adam Safron found that 'sexual rhythms' have an influence on our brain activity and trigger what they call a "trance-like state." This is because during an orgasm our neurons are so concentrated that they block out other senses.

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The research confirmed that repetition led to orgasm, and discovered this was because stimulating neurons repeatedly and at a certain speed is what focuses the neurons. The stimulation must be repeated in a short time frame of the brain resets the neurons and effect diminishes.

Safron explained to the Daily Mail how their findings had altered conceptions about brain activity and orgasms:

"Sex is a source of pleasurable sensations and emotional connection, but beyond that, it's actually an altered state of consciousness."

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"The idea that sexual experiences can be like trance states is in some ways ancient. Turns out this idea is supported by modern understandings of neuroscience."

"[...]And although obvious in retrospect, I wasn't expecting to find that sexual activity was so similar to music and dance, not just in the nature of the experiences, but also in that evolutionarily, rhythm-keeping ability may serve as a test of fitness for potential mates."

So: salsa lessons, anyone?