This Is What Your Brain Looks Like When You Orgasm

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You know that feeling you get when you orgasm? If you don’t, I’m sorry, you’re missing out, but that’s not the point here. Instead, the topic at hand is that scientists have actually looked at what happens inside of our brains when we are getting off, and the results are pretty cool.

In a study at Rutgers University, scientists asked a group of women “to stimulate themselves sexually while in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner” and recorded the results. Watching the brain go from relaxed to orgasmic is sort of like the world’s coolest fireworks show:

Aside from just being cool to look at, the study actually provided some important information about women’s orgasms and the brain. According to Cosmopolitian,

Lead researcher Barry Komisaruk told IFL Science how valuable the research actually was: “It turned out to be the world’s first evidence of where orgasms occur in women’s brains,” he said, which isn’t where scientists had previously thought it did.

While it’s always been assumed that our orgasm reaches the brain via a signal travelling up our spinal chord, it turns out that it actually gets there through a long nerve called the vagus nerve (nice name) that extends into the pelvis.

Interesting, right? I mean, not as interesting as actually having an orgasm, but still – good to know.

[via Cosmopolitian]

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Jenna used to be known as 2NOTBrokeGirls, but then one of the girls actually went broke, so she's struck out on her own. Jenna spends her free time saving the world, one sorority girl at a time (usually while wearing yoga pants), questioning why she decided to get a doctorate, and documenting her love of all things cheese related. You can ask her anything you want about football, using your boobs to get what you want, and pizza at @JennaLCrowley on Twitter or via email at

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