What happens in the female brain during sex?
Some when referring to sexual attraction insist that everything starts from the mind. As new research shows, everything ends there! U.S. researchers announced that they had solved one piece of the mystery of what happens in the brain during sex by monitoring the activity of the female brain during an orgasm.
Research group from Rutgers University in New Jersey, using imaging machines, studied the brains of women during orgasm and found that different brain regions were activated depending on which body part was the source of sexual excitement. Specifically, the scientists identified thirty different parts of the brain that are activated, including the centers responsible for emotion, touch, joy, satisfaction and memory.
Two minutes before orgasm the brain centers that have to do with the reward were activated (they also are triggered when we eat and drink). Shortly before orgasm, other brain regions were activated such as the cortex that receives sensory messages of touch from all over the body. The last activated area was the hypothalamus, the control center that regulates temperature, hunger, thirst and fatigue.
The researchers also found that sexual excitement numbs the female nervous system blocking the sensation of pain and leaving only that of pleasure. The team ofRutgersUniversity will now attempt to map the male brain at the time of orgasm.
However, scientists have already identified a chemical difference between men and women which causes the differences in attitude towards sex. Researchers of the Spire Liverpool Hospital found that during sex women produce higher levels of oxytocin, hormone that binds us emotionally to our partner. It is worth noting that this hormone is produced in the same quantities, whether it is a one night stand or a serious relationship…
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