How To Orgasm Without Sex Or Masturbation In 6 Unexpected Ways

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Orgasms are awesome. I know, what a controversial statement. Waves of pleasure followed by a sense of relaxation and contentment are great? Who knew that was popular? Yeah, OK, I get it, we're all on the same page about coming, which is why we always talking about orgasms, exploring new ways to have them, and learning ways to make them longer and stronger. But have you ever wondered if there was some way of how to orgasm without sex? Well, it turns out the answer is: yes. Yes, you really can.

I know what you're thinking the answer is: masturbation, duh! OK, fine masturbation will get you there, too, but what I'm actually talking about today are the more unconventional ways it's possible to achieve the big O. As it turns out, orgasms are just hiding out, waiting to be discovered practically everywhere you go. That's right, everything from hitting the gym to taking an innocent little cat nap is an opportunity for climaxing. Some of the unorthodox ways that we can come are definitely sexual in nature, but not all of them — not that I'm complaining. I mean, I'll take my orgasms where I can get them.

So here are some of the many surprising ways you may end up having an orgasm without sex or masturbation.

1. While Sleeping

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Back in Sex Ed, you might have learned about men having wet dreams, but did you know that women can also orgasm in their sleep? This occurs during the REM cycle where your mind is at its most active. According to Women’s Health Magazine, during REM (rapid eye movement, a portion of your sleep cycle), your body "experiences autonomic fluctuations." In other words, the blood flows throughout different parts of your body — including your genitals. In men, this translates to erections, but in women, it can cause clitoral engorgement. Add some sexy dreams and ta-da, you’ve literally dreamed up an orgasm.

2. While Working Out

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Need some inspiration to hit the gym today? How about if I said you may experience a "coregasm"? It may sound like a new workout fad, but it’s actually an exercise-induced orgasm. According to a recent study in which over 530 women were surveyed, the most commonly identified exercises to induce a coregasm were biking/spinning, abdominal exercise, and lifting weights. I think I just set my new workout goal.

3. Just By Thinking About It

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Some women (including Lady Gaga) report that they're able to think themselves to orgasm. Does that sound crazy? Well, there is some science to back it up. Dr Barry Komisaruk, co-author of The Science Of Orgasm, told the Daily Mail, "The pleasure centers of the brain associated with orgasm light up in women who think themselves to orgasm in exactly the same way as in women who orgasm through more conventional means." Orgasms at will? Um, yes, please.

4. During Childbirth

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I don’t think I could come up with a scenario less sexy than childbirth, but as it turns out, labor and orgasms can go hand in… well… you know what I mean. If like me, you're freaking out, it’s called "orgasmic birth." Dr. Christiane Northrup, a board-certified OB-GYN, explained to ABC News how it works:

When the baby's coming down the birth canal, remember, it's going through the exact same positions as something going in, the penis going into the vagina, to cause an orgasm.... Labor itself is associated with a huge hormonal change in the body, way more prolactin, way more oxytocin, way more beta-endorphins — these are the molecules of ecstasy.

And here you thought orgasms were just for baby-making.

5. While Doing Yoga

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If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you know there are two things that happen a lot: deep breathing and flexing of the pelvic floor. So honestly, I don't know why the idea that you may come while in the lotus pose should be any big surprise.

One of the objectives of yoga is to increase strength in the mula bandha, aka the muscles around the genitals. If you practice yoga, you know you sometimes breathe deeply while doing the equivalent of kegel exercises. In addition to this, sexologist Dr. Jeffre TallTrees told The Daily Beast, "When women engage their PC [pubococcygeus] muscles, the tissue around the g-spot swells, which can lead to climax." Talk about hot yoga, am I right?

6. Belly Button Stimulation

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So yeah, belly button-gasms are a thing, apparently. There isn’t a ton of science to back this one up, but some women claim to be able to come from having their navel stimulated. According to Men’s Health, the explanation of this phenomenon is that stimulation can hit the vagus nerve, which is "a branchlike structure" that actually connects the cervix and the brain by way of the belly. This explains why it can be a one-way ticket to O-city. That’s… kinda hot, I guess?

So in other words, dreamgasms, coregasms, braingasm, birthgasms, yogasms, and even navelgasms exist? Wow.

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