I have accidental orgasms – it's so embarrassing but I don't want to be ashamed, they can happen anywhere
DOING a yoga class. Riding a bike. Going on a rollercoaster. These are all enjoyable ways to spend your free time, right?
Well for some women, these activities are actually way more, ahem, pleasurable than you'd think.
One person who knows a little something about this is Brianne Hogan.
In a personal essay for Scary Mommy, the writer explained how she often experiences "accidental orgasms" – i.e. where you're not in the throes of passion.
She explained: "I have a confession to make.
"Sometimes while I'm practicing yoga — and typically when I'm in frog's pose or some other intense hip-opening experience — I have what is known as an accidental orgasm."
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However, Brianne is by no means alone her frequent, unexpected orgasms and wants to tackle the stigma surrounding them.
In 2018, the International Journal of Sexual Health published a study into the phenomenon which found orgasms were triggered by everything from exercise to childbirth.
Shedding light why this happens, sexologist Jess O'Reilly explained: "Some people have accidental orgasms while pleasuring a partner.
"Some people have orgasms while working out, spinning, doing pilates or yoga, or riding a bicycle or motorcycle.
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"This may be related to rubbing, grinding, and squeezing, which stimulates the clitoris (and vibrations from a motorcycle or scooter). But everyone is different."
So can everyone have an accidental orgasm? Well the expert says women who are "high on the sexual excitability scale" are more inclined to experience them.
She added: "If you tend to be present in your body, open to pleasure, less likely to quash arousal, and low in inhibitions, you may also be more likely to have them."
And while we've all heard of guys having wet dreams in adolescence, the expert says women can orgasm in their sleep too – but often will sleep through it.
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However, spontaneous accidental orgasms could be a symptom of persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD).
"The symptoms of this disorder span the spectrum from mild ongoing arousal to extreme, constant and unprovoked orgasmic sensations," Jess said. "Though orgasm may offer some temporary relief from this persistent, unwanted arousal, some women report that the feelings of arousal return almost immediately, and this condition can be extremely distressing."
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