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Researcher Believes Up to 15% of Women Have Experienced Orgasm During Exercise

Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University estimates that as many as 15% of women have the ability to experience orgasm during exercise, according to a statement made to Time magazine. She is the lead author of on online survey that gathered data on women ages 18 to 63 over five weeks. The information on the school's website doesn't mention the total sample size, but 124 women reported experiencing exercise-induced orgasms and 246 women experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure. Of the women who experienced orgasm, 51.4 percent reported experiencing an orgasm in connection with abdominal exercises within the previous 90 days. The most commonly reported ab exercise associated with the "coregasm" was performed using the "captain's chair," a rack with padded arm rests and back support that allows the legs to hang free—the goal is to repeatedly lift the knees toward the chest or toward a 90-degree angle with the body. I'm sure that piece of exercise equipment is about to get real popular in the gym. Others exercises connected with orgasm success were weight lifting (26.5%), yoga (20%), bicycling (15.8%), running (13.2%) and walking/hiking (9.6%). Other key findings include:

* About 40 percent of women who had experienced exercise-induced orgasm and exercise-induced sexual pleasure had done so on more than 10 occasions.

* Most of the women in the exercise-induced orgasm group reported feeling some degree of self-consciousness when exercising in public places, with about 20 percent reporting they could not control their experience.

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

While this isn't a common occurrence among women, it's even more rare for men, according to Herbenick. To read about some funny coregasm anecdotes, give this Time article a read (subscription required). For more specific information from the source, visit the university's website here. 

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