Orgasms during birth are not as uncommon as you may have expected.
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If you double-check your birth plan, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll find “have a wild orgasm” in between “pack dressing gown” and “remember piles ointment”. It’s not often spoken about, but orgasms that take place during birth, according to a recent study, are more common than previously believed, in about 0.3 percent of births:
“Though childbirth is frequently spoken of in terms of pain and punishment, some women do experience what are known as orgasmic or ecstatic births,” reports LiveScience.
The sensual birth
The study focused on reports from midwives rather than doctors or nurses for a closer, more intimate perspective. This makes sense, based on just one anecdote, where an obstetrician insisted to the author of the study that he’d never once witnessed a birthing mother have an orgasm- and was immediately interrupted by a woman who had been his patient, who said that she’d definitely had an orgasmic birth, but simply hadn’t told him.
The biology behind orgasmic birth isn’t too complex, according to Professor of Psychology Barry Komisaruk:
"It's stimulation of the birth canal, stimulation of the cervix, the vagina and the clitoris and uterine contractions. A lot of women say during sexual orgasms uterine contractions feel pleasurable."
The study is controversial in that women respond differently to pain, especially during childbirth. In addition, a woman may feel guilt for feeling pleasure during birth. Komisaruk is also known for his work in exploring whether or not women feel less pain when stimulated vaginally or via the clitoris, and found that women who were stimulated in this way during childbirth were less susceptible to painful stimulation.
Many women have opted for the sensual birth option, which can include clitoral and nipple stimulation during birth, and perhaps even the use of a vibrator. Apart from physical stimulation, birthing mothers are encouraged to enjoy other aesthetic stimulation such as music so that the birth process may be seen as pleasurable rather than simply a violent means to an end.
Would you agree that it’s possible to achieve orgasm during birth?
By: Scott Dunlop