Orgasm

The Independent reports on an accidentally invented orgasm machine that delivers climax at the push of a button: Scientists have devised a machine that can help women achieve ’emphatic’ orgasms at the…



Ian Sample reports for the Guardian that the animation will help scientists understand how the female brain conducts the symphony of activity that leads to an orgasm:

Scientists have used brain scan images to create the world’s first movie of the female brain as it approaches, experiences and recovers from an orgasm. The animation reveals the steady buildup of activity in the brain as disparate regions flicker into life and then come together in a crescendo of activity before gently settling back down again.

To make the animation, researchers monitored a woman’s brain as she lay in…


BrainKayt Sukel writes in New Scientist:

With a click and a whirr, I am pulled into the scanner. My head is strapped down and I have been draped with a blanket so that I may touch my nether regions — my clitoris in particular — with a certain degree of modesty. I am here neither for a medical procedure nor an adult movie. Rather, I am about to stimulate myself to orgasm while an fMRI scanner tracks the blood flow in my brain.

My actions are helping Barry Komisaruk at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, and colleagues to tease apart the mechanisms underlying sexual arousal. In doing so, not only have they discovered that there is more than one route to orgasm, but they may also have revealed a novel type of consciousness — an understanding of which could lead to new treatments for pain.


[disinformation ed.’s note: the contributor dug deep in the crates for this 2006 story] Giving birth was an orgasmic experience for one woman, says Anastasia Stephens, writing in the Times: For Katrina…