Exercise with Benefits
The Coregasm Is Real!
So, you’re nearing the end of your last set of lying leg raises and you start to feel a peculiar tingling in your lower abdomen as your legs near the floor. It feels pretty good and those core-ripping raises are starting to feel a whole lot easier... So you carry on. The pressure builds and soon your lower abdomen explodes with light and shining stars and that familiar feeling of sweet release. Confused? Don’t be, you just experienced a coregasm. What is it exactly? “It’s an orgasm that is brought on by exercise, especially the exercise of your core muscles, including your abdomen, back and especially your pelvic floor,” says Dr Elna Rudolph, medical doctor, sexologist and clinical head of My Sexual Health. They differ from normal orgasms in the sense that “there are no sexual thoughts or feelings involved, they are purely exercised induced.” The difference you’ll want to take note of? According to Rudolph, coregasms happen in a larger area (you could feel them in your upper legs and abdomen) and generally last much longer. #winning If you’ve ever had one, count yourself lucky because recent research says that only 10 percent of women are able to achieve an exercise-induced orgasm. “You get people with lower orgasmic thresholds – those women who just orgasm easily,” explains Rudolph. Keen to see how the other 10 percent are living? Focus on exercises that really work your lower abs (such as hanging leg raises) and do lots of reps. “Apparently the key is repetition of the exercise, probably because it causes more and more blood flow to the area. It might not happen while you do the exercise, it might only happen a few minutes later,” explains Rudolph. Before you rush off to the gym, don’t go too crazy on your core exercises, “one danger is that you over-exercise your pelvic floor to the point of developing a hyperactive pelvic floor. In that case you might get problems like urinary frequency, constipation and painful sex,” says Rudolph. #NotWinning