Exercise and Orgasm — Who Knew? – Tan Lili
When I was 15, I mistook the initial waves of an orgasm for signs of a heart attack.
Okay, before you jump to conclusions, hear me out. First of all, my “partner-in-crime” was a stationary bike, so it had nothing to do with sex. Secondly, I had no idea what the symptoms of a heart attack were at the time. Thirdly, like I said, I was 15. I only found out what an orgasm means seven years later, thank you very much. And lastly, I really, really hope my mum isn’t reading this.
So, how in the world did riding a stationary bike trigger an almost-orgasm? In the middle of my mid-year school holidays, my good friend coaxed me to accompany her to a nearby gym because she knew her crush frequented there. I figured, why not? Having not tried any of the gym equipment before, I eyed the one that looked the easiest to operate — lo and behold, it was the stationary bike.
After five minutes of furious pedalling, it started. I felt a foreign tingling sensation between my legs, but I ignored it, putting it down to my muscles working. But that sensation didn’t cease. In fact, it seemed to build up to an unknown force that I was sure would knock me off my feet. By then, I’d already slowed down my pedalling, but it did nothing to quiet the hammer in my chest. Looking into the mirror right before me, I looked positively flushed. I felt something wound so tightly inside me, I thought I was going to spontaneously combust.
So, in my state of panic, I stopped pedalling altogether and did what I then believed every 15-year-old would have done.
“Help! Heart attack!” I gasped.
What happened next is too embarrassing to describe here but, suffice to say, it was, um, anticlimactic.
I had managed to bury it deep in the recesses of my mind … until I chanced upon a new first-of-its-kind study recently. It found that 40 percent of the women surveyed had experienced orgasms or sexual pleasure while engaging in physical exercises. “The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning [Aha! – Lili] and weight lifting,” says researcher Debby Herbenick, who adds that the mechanisms behind exercise-induced tingles are still unclear.
Oh, and apparently, there’s a name for this type of orgasm: coregasm.
If you have experienced one before and have been feeling mortified about it since, don’t. The researchers underlined that it took only five weeks to find 370 women who had experienced coregasm or exercised-induced sexual pleasure, suggesting it isn’t a rare occurrence. Now, I don’t know about you, but experiencing an unintentional O in the middle of a public gym is not exactly my idea of fun. Nonetheless, this study has opened up another interesting area of investigation — can we introduce the mechanisms behind coregasm to the bedroom to enhance our sexual pleasure? Let’s wait and see.