When it comes to orgasm, researchers usually focus on how this intense sexual pleasure developed. A new study explores a relatively unknown area of menopause – how orgasm affects the brain.
It has been described as a powerful, pleasurable release of pent-up sexual tension for both men and women.
During orgasm, it is possible to increase the level of blood pressure, and heart rate, breathing becomes heavier, and rhythmic muscle contractions are observed.
While the signs and sensations associated with orgasm are clear, the mechanisms underlying this sexual response, especially the neurophysiological ones, remain unclear.
For the purposes of the new study, a number of studies and literature are reviewed that examine the response of the body and brain to sexual stimulation. This is the work of Adam Safron of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA.
He created a model that sheds light on how rhythmic sexual activity affects rhythmic brain activity.
Saffron explains that rhythmic sexual stimulation if it is intense enough and lasts long enough, can stimulate neural vibrations at certain frequencies. This process may be the cause of what Saffron calls “sexual trance,” where attention is focused solely on momentary sensations.
Interestingly, the researcher also found some similarities between orgasm and reflex spasms, noting that both experiences can be triggered by rhythmic stimulation causing rhythmic activity in the brain.
In addition, Saffron explains that the way the brain responds to rhythmic sexual stimulation is comparable to how it responds to rhythmic music and dance.