What is going on during our orgasms?
When we reach the shortest part of our sexual cycle, blood pressure, heart rate and breathe frequency reach their peaks. Then, our muscles unintentionally contract. For women, this affect to the vagina and womb, and for men, it’s related to the penis and prostate. These spasms grow more frequent and intense gradually, affecting even other parts of our body, such as the feet or hands.
Besides, orgasms makes us blush, and not only on our cheeks. Other changes are a bigger erection and swelling on the clit, nipples and breasts. Actually, female breasts can grow up to a 10% bigger after the orgasm.
Some studies also state that women are less sensitive to pain when they are aroused. This would explain why the nerves involved during genital stimulation are also activated during labor.
Our mind gets very active during those seconds in which we feel extreme pleasure. During orgasm, the cells in the hypothalamus release oxytocin, which also happens during labor. This hormone is responsible of that feeling or relax and comfort.
After the climax, all these symptoms disappear for both sexes. The difference is that, if they are sexually stimulated, women can reach more orgasms. Men, however, enter a new phase called “refractory period,” and they need to wait a while to be able to come again.