Spontaneous Orgasms

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By Aleks Trkulja

Recently Tanya gave a presentation to University students and this question arose.  Aleks has written an article designed to help us have a better understanding of this phenomenon.

Spontaneous orgasms are somewhat an unknown area of genital activity. There is very little research that can explain the various forms of spontaneous orgasms. Essentially, they are orgasms that occur independently of any physical stimulation, such as intercourse or masturbation. Spontaneous orgasms are separated into three categories, and unfortunately, not all of these orgasms are considered pleasurable.

1. Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)

Previously been called Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome and Restless Genital Syndrome

Physical arousal caused by this syndrome can be very intense and persist for extended periods, days or weeks at a time. Orgasm can sometimes provide temporary relief, but within hours the symptoms return. Failure to relieve these symptoms can lead to spontaneous orgasm in women, and ejaculation in men.  Those who suffer from it typically report feeling embarrassed and ashamed when it occurs.

This condition can be debilitating for people, making it difficult to concentrate or to complete daily activities such as riding public transport, vibration from mobiles, wearing tight clothing and even going to the toilet. Symptoms can be aggravated to the point of discomfort and pain. Many people with this condition will avoid sexual relations. PGAD can last for many years, sometimes resolving of its own accord and sometimes becoming so incapacitating that sufferers have been led to suicide.

No cause has been found for PGAD. Some have suggested the origins are neurological, and recently have been linked primarily to pudenal nerve entrapment (where the Pudenal Nerve in the pelvis becomes compressed or trapped and leads to chronic pain). The disorder is most commonly found in post-menopausal women and in those who have hormonal imbalances or undergone hormonal therapy. One study suggested spontaneous orgasm could be due to increased levels in dopamine, when patients (both male and female) taking medication for Parkinson’s experienced spontaneous orgasms. The article suggests this happened because dopamine is a neurotransmitter that activates the body’s reaction to sexual pleasure. Treatments such as antidepressants, anti-androgenic agents, surgical procedures, anaesthetising gels have all helped to control symptoms, but not eradicating them completely.

The other two forms of spontaneous orgasms are not scientifically classified, but have been ordered based on the similarities of people’s experiences.

2. Unconscious Orgasms

This covers orgasms that begin while unconscious (asleep). There is no erotic trigger (physical or mental), the orgasms have a sudden onset. The onset of these spontaneous orgasms has, at times, been related to elevated stress and anxiety levels. The orgasms have also been identified as a side effect of medication.

Experience of these orgasms depends entirely on the individual.  People can find it weirdly pleasing, bewildering, nerve wracking, alarming, or simply quite unpleasant and stressful.

For some women, they will reach a healthy and satisfying climax (typically as they are waking up). But for others, the orgasm will not feel complete or satisfying, and because of this can be stressful and uncomfortable. Given that the individual isn’t conscious when orgasm initiates, it can be difficult to study and there is very little research available on this issue.

3. Conscious Orgasms

Here spontaneous orgasming is consciously triggered by erotic thought. These orgasms differ because they do not require any physical assistance to reach climax. They are entirely fostered by the individual’s sexual imaginings and require conscious intent based on erotic fantasy.

An example of this is Tantric Orgasms such as breathing to climax through ones Chakra’s. Click here for examples of ‘thinking off’ or breathing to spontaneous climax. 

Researchers at Rutger’s University of Newark  found that women placed under an MRI showed the same brain activity when reaching an unassisted (no genital contact) climax, as those who reach climax through physical contact. These women would simply use erotic imagination to orgasm, and would display identical physiological signs of climax such as increased heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. These findings link the power of the mind and erotic imagination to orgasm and sexual arousal and provide further insight into our arousal systems.