All about orgasm

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Desire, excitement, acceleration of heart and breathing rates, contracting muscles… orgasm is a moment of intense pleasure in sexual intercourse.

It is also Pandora’s box that hides many mysteries. So how does it work? Are there differences between men and women?

Zoom in on this intense pleasure!

What is orgasm?

Orgasm is a form of very strong pleasure that one feels at the end of the stimulation of a point or an erogenous zone. It is manifested by pleasant sensations and general well-being, which last several seconds.

It is a mixture of two essential ingredients: excitement and pleasure.

The first (excitement) is more psychological (ideas, senses, emotions, erotic situations) while the second (pleasure) is rather physical (stimulation of the genitals and erogenous zones).

The sensations of orgasm are linked to pleasure hormones produced and released by the brain. At the time of the orgasmic surge, the brain will send a great hormonal shot of dopamine, oxytocin and adrenaline to increase the pleasure and push it to its climax.

Multiple and varied orgasms

No two orgasms are alike. The intensity and the sensations vary according to many factors: the physical state (form/fatigue), the mental state (relaxed/stressed), the circumstances of the report, the partner…

You can have an orgasm without ejaculation, just as you can have an ejaculation without an orgasm. Each person reacts differently.

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The different phases of pleasure

During sexual intercourse, pleasure is classically increasing and goes through several phases:


The atmosphere, the emotions, the partner’s attraction… stimulate the desire to make love and stir up the body’s erogenous zones.


Heart and breathing rates quicken, blood pressure rises, the erectile tissues of the sexual organs expand and an increased flow of blood engorges them to make them hypersensitive. The vagina lubricates itself to promote sliding of the penis.


The pleasure is at its height, the body tenses, the muscles contract and an intense well-being invades the whole body.

the after

Slowly the erectile tissues are emptied of their blood, the muscles relax and come to rest.

What are the differences between female and male orgasm?

The orgasm is not reached and experienced in the same way in men and women. It doesn’t matter, the important thing is that everyone finds their pleasure and understands that of the other.

In man, the orgasm results in a contraction of the muscles of the perineum and ends with an ejaculation. It is triggered in a much more mechanical way because it is linked in large part to the reptilian brain, the most primitive part of the brain.

When the orgasmic surge is launched, he enters a phase of no return which will lead him straight to ejaculation. It is followed by a refractory phase requiring a more or less long break

In the woman, it is the so-called “emotional” limbic brain that takes over and is more involved in the relationship to orgasm. It is also for this reason that the female orgasm can be longer and more difficult to achieve than the male one.

Ambiance, emotions and sensations play a much more important role than in humans. A noise, an image, an annoyance can bring a woman back to her pre-orgasm state and prevent her from enjoying.

On the other hand, unlike men, for a physiological and anatomical reason, women can experience different kinds of orgasms and repeat them during the same sexual intercourse. During excitement, the clitoris fills up with blood. After orgasm, the blood does not start again immediately and the clitoris therefore remains excitable. This is not the case in men since after orgasm the erection falls and the blood immediately leaves the penis (this is the refractory phase).

Last difference and not least, the woman has an organ dedicated solely to pleasure: the clitoris! With its 8,000 nerve endings, it can deliver orgasms seven times more powerful than those of men.

How to have an orgasm?

There is no miracle solution or particular technique to have an orgasm. However, we know that the orgasmic surge is influenced by many factors such as stimulation, attraction, seduction, caresses, penetration or even fantasies.

Letting go is important to let yourself be overwhelmed by pleasure. A thorough knowledge of one’s body and its sensations is also essential to understand what one likes or dislikes (cunnilingus, fellatio, penetration, position, caress, foreplay, etc.). Finally, being comfortable, exchanging and sharing without taboos with his/her partner allows everyone to explore the different paths of pleasure.

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