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Women can have sexual orgasm exercising

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., March 20 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers confirmed anecdotal evidence that some women experience sexual pleasure or even an orgasm while exercising.

Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, conducted an online survey that found 124 women who reported experiencing exercise-induced orgasms and 246 women who experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure.

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The women ranged in age from 18 to 63. Most were in a relationship or married and about 69 percent identified themselves as heterosexual.

"The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting," Herbenick said in a statement. "These data are interesting because they suggest that orgasm is not necessarily a sexual event, and they may also teach us more about the bodily processes underlying women's experiences of orgasm."

The study, published in a special issue of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, found 51 percent reported experiencing an orgasm during abdominal exercises within the previous 90 days. Twenty-seven percent reported orgasm while weightlifting, 20 percent during yoga, 16 percent while bicycling, 13 percent while running and 10 percent while walking/hiking.

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Most women reporting exercise-induced orgasms said they were not fantasizing sexually or thinking about anyone they were attracted to during their experiences, Herbenick said.

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