Here an O, There an O, Everywhere an Oh, Oh
Just in times for Valentine’s Day, the LATimes is talking orgasms. Articles in the series include:
Science of the Orgasm – Researchers are trying to figure out what exactly happens in the brain and elsewhere with orgasm. You can’t go wrong with an article that includes the question, “And how on Earth to explain the case of the amputee who felt his orgasms centered in that missing foot?”
Update: The current issue of JAMA has a review of the book mentioned in this article, “The Science of Orgasm” by Barry R. Komisaruk, Carlos Beyer-Flores, and Beverly Whipple. The review was very positive overall, but the reviewer (from the FDA) included this lament: “I was disappointed by the paucity of pictures and illustrations. I hope future editions will overcome this limitation.” Heh.
Call him doctor ‘Orgasmatron’ – One doc was implanting electrodes in a woman’s spine to treat chronic leg pain, turned on the power, and “the patient suddenly let out something between a shriek and moan.” On that day, a career in sex research was born, and he began researching ways to use a similarly electrode-laden device to help patients who aren’t able to have orgasms. The doc hopes to skip the animal testing phase of getting approval for the product, saying, “I don’t know how to ask animals, ‘Where do you feel the tingling?’ or ‘Do you want a cigarette?'”
Female orgasms and a ‘rule of thumb’ – Speculation that the distance between clitoris and vagina may play an important role in whether individual women can have orgasms from vaginal penetration sex alone. I have to take issue with the reporter’s choice of “penile stimulation alone” as a description for this type of sex, when we’re really talking about vaginal penetration/stimulation alone. An actual penis is not necessarily required for vaginal penetration, as sex shop mavens and emergency department docs will confirm.
A boost for women’s low libido? – Researchers are testing a testoterone gel for post-menopausal women. One scientist fairly notes that, “Human sexuality is complex, and testosterone level is only a small part of the overall picture.” He follows up with, “For people who think that they are going to be able to sneak it onto their date’s arm while she’s not looking — they should forget it.” That hadn’t even occurred to me. Ugh.