10 Bizarre Things You Don’t Know About Orgasm

By Raven Fon
*This article and the video contained within are intended for adults*

Mary Roach is an American author who recently preformed a TED Talk about a rather “touchy” subject: orgasms. In this video, she covers a wide range of obscure scientific research, some of which dates back a few centuries. She brings a hilarious edge to some of the more bizarre beliefs regarding sexual climax, and teaches you a thing or two as well.

There are some interesting stories, including one about a woman who could reach orgasm by brushing her teeth. That’s right- brushing her teeth. It turns out, she thought she was possessed by demons and resorted to using mouth wash for her oral hygiene.

An excerpt from the video says: “Orgasm is a reflex of the autonomic nervous system. Now, this is the part of the nervous system that deals with the things that we don’t consciously control, like digestion, heart rate and sexual arousal. And the orgasm reflex can be triggered by a surprisingly broad range of input. Genital stimulation. Duh. But also, Kinsey interviewed a woman who could be brought to orgasm by having someone stroke her eyebrow. People with spinal cord injuries, like paraplegias, quadriplegias, will often develop a very, very sensitive area right above the level of their injury, wherever that is. There is such a thing as a knee orgasm in the literature.”

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