Childbirth usually draws a picture of pain, immense pain, but a new study has revealed that some women also experience orgasmic or ecstatic births.
According to the Huffington Post, psychologist Therry Postel of Blanville-sur-Mer, France has said that midwives report witnessing orgasms in about 0.3 per cent of births. Postel got in touch with 956 French midwives and asked them to fill up a questionnaire about orgasmic birth, and he got 109 complete responses for midwives who had assisted in a total of 206,000 births. Postel said that the results that are available in the journal Sexologies have established the fact that obstetrical pleasure exists.
The midwives reported that 688 cases in which mothers told midwives they’d felt orgasmic sensations in birth, and in another 868 cases they said that they’d seen mothers demonstrate signs of pleasure during childbirth.
Anatomically, orgasmic birth is no surprise, said Barry Komisaruk, a professor of psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey who studies orgasm.
In fact, the intense stimulation of the vaginal canal in childbirth may work to block pain whether that stimulation is felt as sexual or not.
He suggests that orgasm during birth comes down to simple anatomy.
"It''s stimulation of the birth canal, stimulation of the cervix, the vagina and the clitoris and uterine contractions," Komisaruk told LiveScience.
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