Ever wonder what happens in the brain during sexual arousal and climax?
A team of scientists at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands did, and conducted extensive research to reveal the answers. Using PET scans to monitor subjects while resting, while being sexually stimulated, and while having an orgasm, they discovered the following fascinating details:
- The area of the brain behind the left eye, the lateral orbitofrontal cortex, is the seat of reason and behavioral control. However, in both men and women, this region shuts down during orgasm. That’s what provides the “out of control” feeling that creates confusion, but also produces intense pleasure.5 (Perhaps orgasm is really our sovereign God’s way of reminding us that we’re not as “in control” as we think we are!)
- When you compare the brain of a person taking heroin and the brain of a person having an orgasm, they are 95 percent the same.6(Perhaps climax is God’s way of providing a legal, inexpensive, and healthy way to get “high!”)
- Women’s brains showed decreased activity in the amygdala and hippocampus, which control fear and anxiety. This could explain why women have more of a need to feel safe and relaxed in order to enjoy sex. (i) (Perhaps this is God’s way of ensuring that intimacy is sought over intensity in a sexual relationship!)
Medical science proves once again that the more we learn about the human body and how it functions, the more we stand in awe of our magnificent Creator!
(i) Shanna Freeman, “What Happens in the Brain During an Orgasm?”
Excerpted from The Fantasy Fallacy: Exposing the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts by Shannon Ethridge. Copyright 2012. All Rights Reserved. Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN. Used by Permission. Not to be copied without Publisher’s prior written approval.