What Happens To Your Body During An Orgasm

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By Tara Block and additional reporting by Alexis Nordby

We have sex to feel connected to our partners and to express our love, but for most of us, the main reason we're getting it on is for the amazing rush of pleasure we feel once we reach orgasm.

What does an orgasm feel like? It's an indescribable feeling of bliss. But have you ever wondered what happens to your body physically when you climax?

Once a woman becomes sexually aroused, her heart begins to beat quicker, she breathes faster and she'll tighten various muscles all over her body. Her breasts will enlarge slightly and her nipples will become erect. Some women's faces, necks, or chests will become flushed (a sex flush) and her clitoris enlarges.

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She'll notice that her vagina creates a natural lubricant which makes sex smoother and more enjoyable. Her labia will flatten out and open up and the inside of her vagina will lengthen and widen (preparing for you know what). All this happens because blood rushes to the pelvic area, which is called engorgement, and creates a pleasurably warm sensation in that area (I'm sure you've felt it).

As arousal continues, everything becomes even more enlarged and all the changes mentioned above become more pronounced, yet the woman's clitoris actually retracts under the hood and gets 50 percent shorter right before she climaxes.

When the woman reaches orgasm, her skin will flush and muscles all over her body will continue to contract. Blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rates will continue to rise.

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In the vagina itself, she'll feel rhythmic contractions in the outer part of the vagina, in her uterus, and anus. The muscle contractions actually have a purpose — they help to suck semen higher up into the vagina, making it easier for sperm to swim to your egg and help you get pregnant.

These intense pulses happen about once every second. Mild orgasms have three to five pulses, and intense orgasms have 10 to 15!

The uterus, labia, and clitoris then return to their normal size, and the woman feels extreme muscle relaxation. At this point, some women may be able to respond to further stimulation so they can have additional orgasms.

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Tara Block is the Content Director for PopSugar Living. She's a lover of books, Harry Potter fanatic, and part-time Disneyland citizen.

This article was originally published at PopSugar. Reprinted with permission from the author.