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Ten Little-Known Facts About the Orgasm

by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard Published on April 28, 2015

The orgasm, everyone talks about it... but did you know that the height of pleasure hides many secrets? Here are some unexpected facts about the sweetest pain.

The American author and lecturer Mary Roach describes the orgasm as an automatic reaction of the nervous system, like a reflex over which we have no control ... and that can be triggered in many ways. Did you know that babies, in the womb of their mother, already masturbate? Or that it is possible to ejaculate... even after death?!

1. The fetus can masturbate in the womb of its mother.

Many authors have observed, through ultrasound, genital stimulation from the 26th week. A survey of 60 fetuses indicates that manual genital stimulation is observed in 70% of babies! Who would have believed it?! On the ultrasound below, you can see an erect penis!

2. You do not need genitals to reach orgasm.

Since orgasm is a reflex of the nervous system, it can be stimulated by other parts of the body, even the knee. There was the case a woman reaching orgasm everytime she brushed her teeth! Believing that she was possessed by the devil, she stopped brushing teeth, and opted for a mouthwash ... Her loss!

3. You can orgasm even in death.

The site of orgasm is along the spinal nerve, called the sacral nerve root. You can trigger an orgasm by stimulating a specific spot in that location with an electrode. You can also trigger spinal reflexes in people who are legally dead (in whom the brain is inactive, but the heart is still beating).

4. Orgasms can cause bad breath.

According to Theodore Van de Velde, author of a 1930s marital guide, one can detect the faint odour of semen on the breath of a woman about an hour after intercourse. Theodore Van de Velde seems to have been a connoisseur of sperm ... We are talking here about the guy who wrote The Perfect Marriage – as hetero as they come. This "scientist" claimed to be able to differentiate the sperm of a young boy from that of an old man ... through his sense of smell, mind you!

5. An orgasm can cure hiccups.

In 1999, a man suffering from persistent hiccups (the kind that lasts for days) was surprised to see his hiccups go away after making love to his wife. In Canada, a doctor published a scientific paper entitled "sex as a potential treatment of persistent hiccups." It suggests to single hiccuppers to try masturbation, adding a new layer to the demographics! Married, single, single hiccupper...

6. In the historic past, doctors have prescribed orgasm to increase fertility.

In the early 1900s, many gynecologists believed that, during the female orgasm, contractions were designed to suck the sperm into the cervix of the uterus, accelerating delivery to the egg. Thereby, orgasms increased the chances of conceiving. They called the process upsuck. Back in the days of Hippocrates, physicians believed the female orgasm was necessary, not just useful, for conception. So they reminded the men of the importance of giving women pleasure.

7. Pig farmers always prescribe them.

The National Committee for Pig Production in Denmark found a 6% increase in the number of piglets conceived in the sow when she is sexually stimulated during artificial insemination. Based on that observation, they designed a five-step stimulation plan for sows. Farmers received posters for their barns and even ... a DVD!

8. Even animals masturbate.

The practice has been observed in porcupines, which can stimulate themselves by rubbing on sticks, stones, or even carrots. There are also horses, which slap their penis on their stomach, mares that ejaculate, the goats that self-suck, not to mention self-stimulating squirrels, turtles, koalas, kangaroos, monkeys ... with or without accessories. It should also be noted that virtually all female mammals have a clitoris.

(Anecdote: an elephant's clitoris is 40 cm long, and they know perfectly well how to use it all by themselves.)

9. An instrument shaped like a penis was developed to study the female orgasm from the inside.

In the 50's, Masters and Johnson decided to study the sexual act as a whole, from arousal to orgasm, in both men and women. Since the female orgasm is only observable from within ... the researchers developed an artificial coital machine. It was a motorized camera-penis, complete with a light. Although the unit no longer exists, we would like to know what it was like!

10. Kinsey conducted a "study" in which men ejaculated side by side to determine how far the sperm would shoot.

In the 1940s, Dr. Alfred Kinsey had heard a theory proposing that the force at which the semen is thrown against the cervix plays a role in fertility. So he set to work and assembled in his lab a measuring tape, a camera, and 300 men. The winner ejaculated 2.5 meters!

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