Spinal Cord Stimulator

A North Carolina-based doctor claims to have found a new way to treat female sexual dysfunction, especially female orgasmic disorder, reports a prominent US news channel.

According to NBC, some years back anaesthesiologist Dr Stuart Meloy came to know that spinal cord stimulators could be used to help sexually dysfunctional women climax. The unanticipated invention was surprising to him because the device was a standard chronic pain reliever.

The woman Dr Meloy was treating moaned in sexual pleasure, later asking him to “teach (her) husband how to do that”, quotes NBC. It prompted the doctor to talk to one of his gynaecologist colleagues to figure out whether or not a spinal cord stimulator could in fact be helpful in treating female sexual dysfunction. Read more

Orgasms and Nerves

What happens in the brain during an orgasm? by Shanna Freeman

Without nerves sending impulses back to the spinal cord and brain, an orgasm wouldn’t be possible. Just like any other area of the body, the genitalia contain different nerves that send information to the brain to tell it about the sensation that’s being experienced. This helps to explain why the sensations are perceived differently depending on where someone is being touched. A clitoral orgasm, for example, differs from a vaginal orgasm because different sets of nerves are involved.

All of the genitalia contain a huge number of nerve endings (the clitoris alone has more than 8,000 of them), which are, in turn, connected to large nerves that run up through the body to the spinal cord. (The exception is the vagus nerve, which bypasses the spinal cord.) They perform many other functions in the body in addition to providing the nerve supply, and therefore feedback to the brain, during sexual stimulation. Here are the nerves and their corresponding genital areas Read more

Non-genital Orgasms

excerpt from What happens in the brain during an orgasm? by Shanna Freeman

Perhaps more unusual-sounding than orgasmia is the concept of orgasms that have nothing to do with the genitalia at all. Some people can orgasm from being touched in other places on the body, such as the nipples. In this case, researchers believe that the sensations in the nipples are transmitted to the same areas of the brain that receive information from the genitals. However, people have also reported actually feeling orgasms in other parts of their bodies, including their hands and feet. Several people have even described having orgasms in limbs that were no longer there. One reason may be the layout of the cortical homunculus, a map that shows how different places of the brain’s sensory and motor cortices correspond to the organs and limbs of the body. A person who feels an orgasm in a phantom foot, for example, may have experienced a remapping of the senses because the foot is located next to the genitals in the homunculus. The foot is no longer there to provide sensation, so the area for genital sensation took over the space.

A General Orgasmic Principle

excerpt from Exploring the Mind-Body Orgasm by Randy Dotinga

Wired News: What have we learned about orgasms in the past five to 10 years?

Beverly Whipple: With new technology and women being more open, we’re able to document that women can experience orgasms from many different forms of stimulation. There’s more than one nerve pathway involved: Orgasm is not just a reflex.

Barry Komisaruk: We recognize four different nerve pathways that carry sensory signals from the vagina, cervix, clitoris and uterus, and they all can contribute to orgasms. That’s a new recognition.

WN: You’ve discovered that women can have orgasms when a variety of parts of their bodies are stimulated, right?

Komisaruk: Orgasms have been described as being elicitable from any part of the body — the mouth, the nipples, the anus, the hand. It leads us to think that there is a general orgasmic principle of building up excitation from different parts of the body leading to a climax and a resolution — not necessarily ending in ejaculation, but a feeling of an orgasmic experience. Read more

The Ultimate Sensual Magic Wand

From The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel P Maines, p. 63-64

[Jeanne] Warner thinks it likely that female orgasm in coitus is substantially overreported owing to women’s tendency to say what their husbands and doctors want to hear, and she adds:

“Another factor in the denial of lack of female orgasm has to do with a male bias for phallic stimulation. Although hard data on the relationship between mode of stimulation and female response are lacking at present, the literature conveys a strong impression that the penis is not the most effective means of producing a maximal level of arousal and response for a woman. Those male authorities who advocate the superiority of emotional orgasms in women [“peaks of feeling”] suggest that whatever provides the greatest satisfaction for the male should also provide the greatest pleasure for the female. It is not easy for any woman, professional or otherwise, to suggest that the culturally ingrained symbol of “manhood” is not the ultimate sensual magic wand.

Safety First

Slow Sex by Nicole Daedone. Page 43

“Studies have shown that during orgasm, a man’s brain lights up mainly in the pleasure centres. But when a woman enters an orgasmic state, several major areas of her brain go silent – particularly those involved with inhibition, appropriateness, and evaluating her environment for possible threats. Because of this phenomenon, a sense of safety is an absolute prerequisite for a woman to lower her guard enough to really get off.

Female Viagra Doesn’t Improve Sexual Desire

From by Jessica Ward Jones

After much review and public controversy, the FDA met this week and determined that flibanserin, a new medication that was hoped to be an effective treatment for female sexual arousal disorder, did not significantly improve symptoms of the disorder, and ruled against approving the medication.

Female sexual arousal disorder, also known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder, (HSDD) is a relatively new diagnosis. It was historically known as frigidity, and more attention was given to the concept of the lack of sexual desire or arousal as a biological disorder potentially treatable with pharmaceuticals. When Sildenifil (Viagra) appeared on the market with enormous publicity and profit for the pharmaceutical industry, a lack of desire in women came under consideration as a potentially treatable disease. Read more

Orgasm-Seeking Women Find Little Help From Science

From by Stephanie Pappas

For one out of four women, orgasm during sex is an elusive goal. According to a new report, medical science isn’t doing enough to ensure these women find satisfaction between the sheets.

The paper, published online ahead of print in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, reviews 101 studies on female orgasm disorder, a condition in which women have difficulty reaching climax or can’t orgasm at all. Despite the fact that inability to orgasm is the second most common female sexual complaint after lack of desire, and orgasm is one of the top 50 reasons we have sex, treatments for the disorder are inadequate, the authors conclude.

“We’re not doing enough research,” said Waguih William IsHak, a psychiatrist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the lead author of the paper. “There are a lot of great clinicians who work with patients using therapy, but when it comes to medications, it’s all trial and error.”

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Female orgasm captured in series of brain scans

From, Nov 14, 2011 by Ian Sample

The animation will help scientists understand how the female brain conducts the symphony of activity that leads to an orgasm

Scientists have used brain scan images to create the world’s first movie of the female brain as it approaches, experiences and recovers from an orgasm. The animation reveals the steady buildup of activity in the brain as disparate regions flicker into life and then come together in a crescendo of activity before gently settling back down again.

To make the animation, researchers monitored a woman’s brain as she lay in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner and stimulated herself. The research will help scientists to understand how the brain conducts the symphony of activity that leads to sexual climax in a woman.

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The Technology of Orgasm

The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction by Rachel P. Maines

From the time of Hippocrates until the 1920s, massaging female patients to orgasm was a staple of medical practice among Western physicians in the treatment of “hysteria,” an ailment once considered both common and chronic in women. Doctors loathed this time-consuming procedure and for centuries relied on midwives. Later, they substituted the efficiency of mechanical devices, including the electric vibrator, invented in the 1880s. In The Technology of Orgasm, Rachel Maines offers readers a stimulating, surprising, and often humorous account of hysteria and its treatment throughout the ages, focusing on the development, use, and fall into disrepute of the vibrator as a legitimate medical device.

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Game Changer: The Vibrator

Listen to the September 6, 2011 episode of CBC’s ‘The Current’

It was the third invention to ever receive a patent. An electrical device ostensibly designed for medical treatment for women in Victorian England. It became known as The Vibrator and revolutionized understanding of women’s sexual needs and sexuality.

Featuring segments:
The Vibrator – Tanya Wexler
The Vibrator – Rachel Maines
The Vibrator – Museum
Last Word – Anthropocene Promo