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Female Orgasms Turn Off Parts Of The Brain That Govern Fear

By Carolyn E. Price     Apr 9, 2007 in Lifestyle
The Groningen University in the Netherlands mapped brain functions of men and women during a state of sexual ecstasy and found something rather surprising. For women, pleasurable sex = no fear.
Now tell me, wouldn't you want to be a part of this research team? Or, if you're an exhibitionist, what about being in the study group!
New research that was presented at the meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology show that when a woman has an orgasm, the part of her brain that governs fear and anxiety gets switched off. Scientists also found that when a woman climaxes, the part of the brain that governs emotional control is also 'heavily' deactivated.
The study was conducted by scientists from the Netherlands and what they were doing was mapping how the brain functions during male and female orgasms.
"The fact that there is no deactivation in faked female orgasms means a basic part of a real orgasm is letting go. Women can imitate orgasm quite well, as we know, but there is nothing really happening in the brain", reported neuroscientist Gert Holstege, when he presented his findings at the meeting.
Holstege and his colleagues at the Groningen University recruited 11 men and 13 women, along with their respective partners. The volunteers laid down on a scanning machine bed and were injected with a dye that shows changes in brain function on a scan.
For the men, the brain scanner tracked activity during rest, during erection, during manual stimulation by their partner and then during ejaculation, brought on by the partner's hand.
For the women, the scanner measured brain activity during rest, while they faked an orgasm, during manual stimulation by their partner, and while they experienced genuine female orgasm.
Ladies, what we've all known all along is finally proven. Holstege said he had trouble getting reliable results on men's side of the study because the scanning machine needs an orgasm activity to last at least two minutes. However, men's climaxes didn't last anywhere near that long. That meant that he could not make a reliable comparison between before climax and during climax scans.
However, Holstege said that for female orgasms, the results were very clear. When a woman faked an orgasm, the cortex, the part of the brain that governs conscious action, lit up. However, it was not activated during a genuine orgasm. The most striking results, however, were seen in parts of the brain that were shut down, or deactivated during an orgasm.
"During female orgasm, there was strong, enormous deactivation in the brain. During fake orgasm, there was no deactivation of the brain at all. None," Holstege said. "It looks like to have an orgasm, you need to not be fearful or full of anxiety."
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