Studying orgasm in women is an interesting experience because it evokes both curiosity and discomfort while revealing connections between history, sex/gender relations, politics, science, medicine, spirituality, cultural conditioning, and more.
Female orgasm refuses to be concisely described or neatly categorized. After all, women can:
- reach orgasm after a complete spinal cord injury
- orgasm from nipple/breast stimulation alone
- orgasm with no physical stimulation
- reach orgasm from all different erogenous zones (clitoris, cervix, vagina, anus, and more)
- have multiple orgasms
- experience altered, ecstatic states of consciousness during orgasm
Female orgasm arises through the action of multiple neural pathways, including the pudendal nerve, hypogastric nerve, vagus nerve, and pelvic nerve. Stimulation of different genital regions sends information to distinct brain regions while producing different kinds of hormonal release and emotional/behavioural experiences.
Though scientists in the west still debate whether or not female ejaculation exists, authors from India, China, and Greece were writing about it dating back 2000 years ago.
Much remains mysterious about female orgasm but it is certainly a mind-body-soul experience that I feel grateful to study in-depth.