However, there’s nothing stopping me from covering it here! Honestly, I didn’t think this article was worthy to be posted on a science blog—ultimately, it had the same content as any basic Cosmo article. The bottom line of the studies was this: the better a woman knows her body and communicates it to her partner, the better her orgasms are going to be. Nothing groundbreaking there! What I loved was that in one of the cited articles, they actually had a clinical name for the female version of erectile dysfunction: female orgasmic disorder. Now I’m curious: do they have female Viagra? (The short answer is no. Somehow, I am not surprised. After all, men’s sexual satisfaction has historically been more important.)
What was interesting—and I thought worth reporting—was the 2005 Dutch study they cited that talked about orgasms actually turning off emotional centers in women’s brains. Basically, for a woman to have a successful orgasm, all of the parts of her brain concerned with emotion (proessing her emotions, others’ emotions, stress, etc.) have to shut down. Imagine that! No thinking; all feeling! Now this I would like to read more about.
Alas, I am relegated to researching other topics for the work blog, so there is no time for researching brain functions during orgasm. If anyone has any other interesting, more suitable topics for Beyond the Bench, though, please do pass them along!