It’s sometimes called “coming” or “climaxing”. Both men and women have orgasms.
What happens during an orgasm?
When you have an orgasm, your heart beats faster and your breathing gets quicker and heavier.
In women, an intense pleasurable release of sexual tension is accompanied by contractions of the genital muscles.
A woman may be able to experience more than one orgasm shortly after the first if she continues to be stimulated.
A minority of women may ejaculate, and a clear fluid spurts from glands close to the urethra during intense sexual excitement or during orgasm. The glands are called the Skene’s glands.
In men, muscle contractions cause semen containing sperm to spurt out of the penis (ejaculation). After this, a man can’t have another orgasm for a while.
This recovery phase, in which the penis and testicles shrink back to their normal size, can last from a few minutes to a few hours.
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