Section 7
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The female orgasm: pelvic contractions

Bohlen, J.G.; Held, J.P.; Sanderson, M.O.; Ahlgren, A.

Archives of Sexual Behavior 11(5): 367-386


ISSN/ISBN: 0004-0002
PMID: 7181645
DOI: 10.1007/bf01541570
Accession: 006676877

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Nulliparous women (11) manually self-stimulated to orgasm, each on 3 separate occasions. Pelvic contraction pressure was measured by an anal probe and a vaginal probe simultaneously. Near the perceived start of orgasm, a series of regular contractions began in 3 of the women. Anal and vaginal contraction waveforms were synchronized with each other and the same number of orgasmic contractions occurred in each lumen. Anal pressure had a higher resting baseline and greater amplitude contractions than vaginal pressure. The perceived start of orgasm did not correspond precisely with the onset of regular contractions. Mean intercontraction intervals increased linearly at an increment of .apprx. 0.1 s through the series of regular contractions. Amplitudes of contraction pressure waveforms, representing pelvic muscular force, were initially low, increased through the 1st half of the regular series and then decreased. Area and net area of the pressure waveforms, reflecting pelvic muscular exertion (force .times. time), increased during the regular orgasmic contractions. Of the women's orgasms, 3 consistently included only a series of regular contractions (orgams type I). For 6 other women, orgasms consistently continued beyond the regular series with additional irregular contractions (orgasm type II). Types I and II had been identified previously in men. Two women had no regular contractions during reported orgasms. This pattern, type IV, was not recorded in men. Women of different types showed marked differences in orgasm duration and number of contractions. Identification of these types in subjects is important for meaningful comparison of contraction parameters in different studies.

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