This MRI of a Woman's Brain While Orgasming Is Mesmerizing

Having an MRI is one of the least sexy things we can think of, but one woman managed to have an orgasm during the scan in the name of science. Lucky for us, we get to check out the results.

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Neuroscientists at Rutgers University filmed the O-so-special moment, which they’ve dubbed the "world's first movie of the female brain as it approaches, experiences, and recovers from an orgasm,” and shared the results on YouTube. Watch the experiment here:

While we’re not exactly sure what we’re looking at (since, yeah, we’re not neuroscientists), it’s pretty cool to see imaging of the different areas of the woman's brain light up at different times.

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According to Rutgers, the video was part of research that had five women with several spinal cord injuries (that left them paralyzed from the waist down) stimulate themselves to reach an orgasm. (Check out this organic lube from the Women's Health Boutique that wil help you reach that O in record time.)

MRI scans validated that they felt sensation and provided evidence of where in the brain we experience orgasms. “It was very emotional,” neuroscientist Barry R. Komisaruk says of the findings, noting that some of the women cried. “It was a surprise to me and them because their doctors had told them after their injury that their sex life is over; they wouldn’t be able to feel genital sensations.”

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Not only that, it showed the nerve pathway of how the orgasm unfolds. Instead of going up the spinal cord, it travels along a nerve that goes into the pelvis, called the vagus nerve.

Komisaruk continues to study how orgasms impact the brain and says his current work could help people who do not experience orgasms. In the meantime, take a look at these tips from women who are orgasm machines.

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