Brain Areas Shut Off During Female Orgasm  

mi_mwpm 51M
1175 posts
6/23/2005 7:13 pm

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Brain Areas Shut Off During Female Orgasm

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- New research indicates that parts of the brain that govern fear and anxiety are switched off when a woman is having an orgasm.

In the first study to map brain function during orgasm, scientists from the Netherlands also found that as a woman climaxes, an area of the brain that governs emotional control is also heavily deactivated.

“The fact that there is no deactivation in faked orgasms means a basic part of a real orgasm is letting go. Women can imitate orgasm quite well, as we know, but there is nothing really happening in the brain,'' said neuroscientist Gert Holstege, presenting his findings Monday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

In the study, Holstege and his colleagues at Groningen University recruited 11 men and 13 women, together with their respective partners.

The volunteers laid on a scanning machine bed and were injected with a dye that shows changes in brain function on a scan. For the men, the brain scanner tracked activity during rest, during erection, during manual stimulation by their partner and then during ejaculation, brought on by the partner's hand.

For the women, the scanner measured brain activity during rest, while they faked an orgasm, during manual stimulation by their partner, and while they experienced genuine orgasm.

Holstege said he had trouble getting reliable results from the study on men because the scanning machine needs activities lasting at least two minutes to record an activity. But the men's climaxes didn't last anywhere near that long, meaning he could not reliably compare the scans before climax and during.

However, for women, the results were clear, he said.

When women faked orgasm, the cortex, the part of the brain governing conscious action, lit up. It was not activated during genuine orgasm.

The most striking results, however, were seen in the parts of the brain that shut down, or deactivated.

“During orgasm, there was strong, enormous deactivation in the brain. During fake orgasm, there was no deactivation of the brain at all. None,'' Holstege said. “It looks like to have an orgasm, you need to not be fearful or full of anxiety.''

What have we learned from this men? We need to have sex in an MRI machine if we really want to know if she got off.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/23/2005 7:56 pm

i read that as well.
How did they get those images?
My interpretation of the results is that when a woman is climaxing, the sensation is so intense that it block everything else.
When she's faking it, she's thinking about...oh, the list is too long

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
6/23/2005 8:19 pm

I can confirm that my brain shuts down during orgasm. Still working on making it last 2 minutes though.

Orgasm isn't the only thing that shuts my brain down either...
1. chocolate ice cream
2. having our relationship explained to me for the umpteenth time.
3. oprah

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
6/23/2005 8:41 pm

loved it...good job

Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

6/23/2005 9:02 pm

Hey Honey lets hook you up to the brain scan now

ok ready GO!


wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
6/23/2005 9:28 pm

lol awwwwwww do you really have to know?



6/23/2005 10:52 pm

Oh is that why the only word I can think of is yes,yes ,yes

hourglasses 47F

6/24/2005 4:30 am

Don't worry, I won't like or fake it

I agree...when a woman is faking it, there really is nothing going on in her brain.

FrndsWBenefits 53M/52F
56 posts
6/24/2005 4:52 am

My impression on faking:

Part 1: It's a word guys use when they have no clue that their partner has climaxed - i.e. they are misinterpretting or missing the collective clues.

Part 2: I don't see a point to faking - you don't get what you really want, and you give him way to much credit for not getting you there.

None of it makes sense to me. Why do it?

hourglasses 47F

6/24/2005 1:05 pm

lol...I swear my comment was supposed to be "I won't lie or fake it"

I will however like it.

I agree with FriendsWBenefits, there's no point in faking it.

GleesFlakyShawl 50M
1620 posts
6/25/2005 2:33 pm

mi, for me the important point is knowing how to apply for becoming a volunteer for this type of studies....

Barbiebunny69 43F

6/26/2005 9:37 pm

so thats what they mean but :fucking your brains out:

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