What happens in the female brain during an orgasm? It certainly doesn’t lie back and think of England, as the saying goes. In fact there’s rather a lot going on, according to a study on women who volunteered to stimulate themselves to orgasm while having their brains scanned.
Knowing what goes on in the brain during orgasm won’t just help women who are unable to reach sexual climax: it could also have implications for depression, pain, even obesity.
So says Barry Komisaruf, from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, who’s here this week at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting to present a video which shows for the first time what goes on inside a woman’s brain during an orgasm. And as many men have long suspected - it’s complicated.
More than 30 areas of the brain are active during the event, including those involved in touch, memory, reward - and even pain.