A lingering belief about women's brains in the bedroom has been turned on its head by a new study. For some time, researchers have proposed that women literally stop thinking during climax and orgasm, but new research, published this month in the Journal of Sexual Medicine , suggests that women could still be capable of multitasking during the most heated moments of sex. For some time, scientists and sexologists have concluded that during orgasm, women think about The theory suggests in the few moments of climax, the brain is a clean slate, devoid of any thoughts about that endless to-do list, life and work responsibilities or even feelings for their partner. Researchers have said this phenomenon is simply the result of evolution: the opportunity to procreate trumps every other priority. But this new study provides solid evidence that the brain does not "switch off" during sex.
Rats have similar physiological reactions to humans when it comes to sex, and perhaps also to orgasm. In fact, a good deal of what we know about what happens in our brains during orgasm comes from the laboratory rat. While much of what happens in the brain during human orgasm remains a mystery , decades of research by scientists has helped unravel some of the secrets. One of the main reason why some aspects of research have advanced so much so far is the use of animals in research. In our lab, lead by James Pfaus at the Centro De Investigaciones Cerebrales and Concordia University, animals are helping us understand what orgasms are all about.
Although the reasons for having sex of any kind are varied and complex, reaching orgasm is usually the goal. Because we're all so different, coming up with a universal description of an orgasm is impossible. The one thing that most people can agree on is that it's an incredibly, intensely pleasurable experience. So what is it?