Who says science can't be sexy?

Sex and the sexes This video asks do men and women orgasm differentlyPhoto by rt9/Flickr, Wikimedia Commons (Representative image)
Social Sex/Science Monday, September 05, 2016 - 18:52

The saying, “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus”, highlights how different the two sexes are from each other. But how different are they when stripped down to their most elemental core, the orgasm?

Not that different, reveals this video, which explains how men and women reach orgasm and also maps their brain activity while it happens. Watch it here:

To get clinical now, the orgasm happens in four stages: excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution. 

For men, the orgasm lasts for 3-10 seconds and is followed by a refractory period in which they cannot climax again. Women, on the other hand, do not have the refractory period allowing them to experience multiple orgasms, the average length of one being 20 seconds.

But the biggest sexual organ, for both men and women, is the brain, which reacts similarly in both men and women. What's more, the areas in the brain which control pleasure and pain respectively light up, suggesting that there is a connection between the two. 

And through this process, the brain releases Dopamine (a feel-good chemical which makes you crave the feeling again) and Oxytocin, a hormone that creates a feeling of "bonding and love". 

Who says science can’t be sexy? 

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