What’s Going On In The Brain?
Orgasmic control is all about brain activity, and recent research has found that parts of the frontal cortex, hippocampus, and cerebellum all become activated during orgasm, and appear to be involved in generating sexual arousal and coordinating orgasm-specific muscle responses.
At the same time, the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala are deactivated, leading to behavioral disinhibition and a reduction in fear, thereby creating the right emotional state for orgasm to occur.
Komisaruk and his team are currently in the midst of scanning the brains of people undergoing thought-induced orgasms, and while the results can’t yet be fully disclosed, he does confirm that “many of the same brain regions are activated during orgasms by thought compared to orgasms during physical self-stimulation.”
Separate research has found that the same parts of the brain light up when people think about touching their genitals as when they actually touch themselves, although imagining the act also leads to greater activity in the prefrontal cortex, which may help to maintain an awareness that no actual physical stimulation is occurring, potentially limiting the extent of the arousal.
Learning to control specific brain regions is not easy, but a technique called biofeedback is already being used to help people manipulate their brain activity in order to overcome various forms of sexual dysfunction, and could potentially lead to greater orgasm control.
This involves having one’s brain activity monitored with electrodes, which then feed into a computer screen displaying a visual representation of this neural activity. When a certain desirable change occurs in the brain, the user is able to see this manifested as movement on the screen and can then learn to generate this type of neural activity at will by repeating whatever they happened to be doing with their mind when the change originally occurred.
Komisaruk says that people who are able to mentally control their orgasms probably learned to do so using “their own kind of internal biofeedback system”, whereby they “are very aware of their feelings” and as such are able to recognize and recreate subtle changes in their mental state.
Attaining such hyperawareness of one’s internal processes is not easy, but several studies have revealed how practices like meditation help to increase the synchronicity between the genitals and mental arousal, by training the mind to become more perceptive of what’s going on in the body.
In fact, meditation is often used to help people overcome sexual dysfunction, and could represent a path towards greater orgasmic control.