Female Orgasm – Two Pathways To Pleasure

One way or another: The studies showed that different parts of the brain are activated when a woman is being stimulated by her partner

The ability for a woman to orgasm is a delicious but mysterious thing.  Orgasms bring unbelievable pleasure but also a high degree of frustration. Now a study of the brain is helping scientists unlock the secrets of the female orgasm.

By using scanners to observe which parts of a woman’s brain become active when they are aroused, it appears there are at least two ‘pathways to pleasure’.

The studies showed that different parts of the brain are activated when a woman is being stimulated by her partner and when she fantasizing.

The findings, revealed in the New Scientist, analysed MRI scans of women reaching climax. It found heightened activity in more than 30 parts of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex, an area which controls functions such as decision-making, controlling urges and imagination.

In contrast, when Janniko Georgiadis and colleagues at the University of Groningen in Holland performed similar experiments observing women being stimulated by a partner, they found that the same brain region ‘switched off’ during orgasm.

This suggests that an orgasm is achieved with a partner when the woman ‘lets go’ and reaches an ‘altered state of consciousness’.  The inability to do this may prevent women from reaching climax.

Mr Georgiadis said: ‘I don’t think orgasm turns off consciousness  but it changes it. When you ask people how they perceive their orgasm, they describe a feeling of a loss of control. It is possible there is a difference between someone trying to fantasize sexual stimulation as opposed to receiving it from a partner.’

Attempts have been made to carry out similar studies on men, but have been hampered by technical problems. Male orgasms are much shorter and men use their brain less during sex.


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