What Happens in the Female Brain During Sex?

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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 were activated, including the centers responsible for emotion, touch, joy, satisfaction and memory.

Knowing the sequence of events from stimulation to orgasm allows us to see what parts of the brain become activated and in what order. If we can compare this to the brain activity in anorgasmic women, we can see at what point their orgasm gets blocked and work out whether it’s possible to get around that block,” said Barry Komisaruk of the Rutgers University.

Two minutes before orgasm the brain centers associated with 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 brain area to be activated 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 research team from the Rutgers University will now attempt to map the male brain at the time of orgasm.

Moreover, the previous studies 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, the 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. In men, instead, the orgasm stimulates the nervous system to produce more dopamine, the pleasure hormone, and this surge even can be addictive.

That is why women are more likely to fall in love with a man after having sex with him, while for men sex is just a surge of simple pleasure…

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Anna LeMind

Anna LeMind

Hi, I like learning new things and sharing my knowledge with others! I post science, psychology, self improvement and other related topics. I'm particularly interested in topics concerning consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.
Anna LeMind

About Anna LeMind

Hi, I like learning new things and sharing my knowledge with others! I post science, psychology, self improvement and other related topics. I'm particularly interested in topics concerning consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.
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7 Comments

  1. I have noticed a long time ago that there was a change in attitude in women that starts just before sex. They seem to slip away a bit and almost look like they got high or went under some mellow mood change. As sex progress’s though they seem to go deeper and after they sort of come out slowly but stay in a more passive state. Not saying its a bad thing just an observation.

  2. I have certainly found in my experience that during sex men produce higher levels of oxytocin, where I must produce dopamine, yep everyone is different

  3. I’m oddly entertained by the “I remember MY first beer too” smugness that overcomes me when people much, much younger than me write and discover things about sex, or even human nature and philosophy…

  4. I have a irritated bladder and the pain was winning over the pleasure…but that was my experience

  5. I’m glad they didn’t pick me for this study. Someone would have found that my brain only thinks about cleaning a d dinner plans. I can’t let loose sure wish I could

  6. I was just wondering what women are volunteering for this? How easy would it be to get off while attached to a bunch of wires on your head and god knows what parts of your body.

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