Section 7
Chapter 6,714

The male orgasm: pelvic contractions measured by anal probe

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

Archives of Sexual Behavior 9(6): 503-521


ISSN/ISBN: 0004-0002
PMID: 7458658
DOI: 10.1007/bf01542155
Accession: 006713274

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Pelvic muscle contractions during sexual response can be monitored conveniently by the anal probe method described. Young adult male subjects [11] were each recorded for 3 sessions of masturbation to orgasm. Electrical signals from an anal pressure probe were automatically digitized by computer. Orgasmic contractions were easily distinguished from voluntary contractions by the steadily increasing intervals and complete muscle relaxation between orgasmic contractions. At orgasm each subject produced a characteristic series of contractions starting abruptly at an intercontraction interval of .apprx. 0.6 s and continued for 10-15 contractions at an increasing increment of .apprx. 0.1 s per contraction. Pressure amplitude, representing the force of contractions, increased from the beginning of the regular series to a maximum at the 7th or 8th contraction. Area under the pressure curve, reflecting muscular exertion during contraction, generally increased throughout the regular series. Each man's pattern of contractions was very similar from 1 session to the next and distinguished his records from others'. Individuals' patterns could be grouped into 3 types, based chiefly on the location of the regular contraction series within the subjective span of orgasm. The most common type was a simple series of regular contractions. It had the shortest duration and fewest contractions. The next most common pattern began with the regular series, followed by a number of irregular contractions. This type was longest in duration. One man with a 3rd type, of intermediate duration, had a number of preliminary contractions before the series of regular contractions began in midorgasm.

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