QUESTION: I've been seeing stuff all over the internet about "coregasms." How do these happen? Do both women and men experience them?


Dr. Debby Herbenick answers: 


That’s my research!


Together with a colleague, we conducted a study on what we call exercise-induced orgasms and exercise-induced sexual pleasure.


(Exercise-induced sexual pleasure is when individuals feel aroused or excited during exercise and may even come close to experiencing orgasm, but don’t actually have one.)


This can happen during a number of types of exercise, including crunches, Captain’s chair abdominal exercises, biking, spinning, pull-ups, chin-ups, yoga, running, flexed arm hang exercises, and more.


Though our initial study was focused on women’s experiences of orgasms and sexual pleasure during exercise, we’ve heard from a number of men who describe having experienced it themselves (often while climbing or doing pull-ups, chin-ups, sit-ups or other core abdominal exercises).


We don’t fully understand how it happens yet, but we’re working on it!


In the mean time, you can read more about these so-called “coregasms” (which get their popular name from the association with core muscular exercises) in my newest book, Sex Made Easy: Your Awkward Questions Answered-For Better, Smarter, Amazing Sex.

Dr. Deddby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph. D.) is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.

Originally posted July 5, 2012 at