Science Case Reports from the Field
posted by November 14 at 9:30 AMon
I think my girlfriend is faking her orgasms. Is there any way, scientifically, to figure out if an orgasm is real or not?
Sweaty feet are a good place to start. Having an orgasm, at least to your autonomic nervous system, is akin to being chased by a lion or getting into a drunken bar fight. For men and women, the medical school mnemonic (you’d be horrified to find out how most medical students pass their tests) for sex is “point and shoot,” because it’s the parasympathetic nervous system—the feed-and-breed regulator—that handles arousal, getting all hot and bothered, erect and wet. Only at the moment of orgasm does the sympathetic nervous system—the fight-or-flight, adrenaline-rush regulator—take over and end the show. If you want an objective measure of an orgasm that doesn’t require specialized equipment, graduate students to operate it, and a multiple-Tesla magnet, Science suggests you look for sympathetic nervous system signs: a jump in heart rate, a sudden dilation of the pupils, or sweaty palms and feet.
my girlfriend pointed out to me a long time ago that our tongues are cold right after the event? (we’re dykes). this has always been the case, but it’s always the case i.e. there isn’t a warm tongue to compare it to… i mean sometimes there could be but we don’t check.
keep up the good work. i love your column and the stranger even though you guys are all popular and don’t write back and shit.
hugs and nipple pinches
I have been under the impression that goosebumps are a necessary consequence/indicator of authentic orgasms in men or women. My extensive research has yet to prove otherwise.
From one of my friends at a bar: “As a dyke, I’m telling you behind-the-knees sweat is the best sign.”
And my all time favorite, from one of my ex-girlfriends: “How in the hell would you know?” Ha! Ouch.
1. All are sympathetic nervous system signs. Hurray for science!
2. Lesbians appear to be the population for female orgasms, with both the largest prevalence as well as the most high risk behaviors.
3. More please.