A study just published in the International Urogynecology Journal shows that including running in a routine can improve women’s orgasms and make them more intense. The conclusion comes from researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, who point to improved circulation in the clitoris and better function of the pelvic floor muscles as possible explanations.
Conducted by researchers from the university’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the work tracked 180 volunteers who ran in an amateur way, at least once a week, and did not show significant differences in sexual function. They were divided into the category of high effort and moderate effort, with respect to the intensity of physical activity.
In the first group, participants ran distances of more than 19 kilometers per week, while in the second group, volunteers ran less than the mark every seven days.
The high effort group reported having higher intensity orgasms compared to women in the moderate effort group, and an association was found between their weekly running distance and the intensity of their orgasm. Those who ran longer distances were 28% more likely to have a better orgasm, which was a third more intense.
In the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted that “high-strength physical activity may be associated with improved orgasm” and that the rationale may be related to “better clitoral circulation” and “better pelvic floor muscle function.”
The study’s lead author, Shani Sade, told The Sun newspaper that in addition to the explanations described in the research, the difference could also be due to “improved self-esteem and body image, or a combination of these (factors)”.
The scientists also add that in cases of ED, clinicians can “raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity and pelvic floor muscle training and rehabilitation, which can improve tension and circulation, and thus function.”
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