What’s a Coregasm? Do I Want One? How to Avoid Them?

You’re in the middle of a strenuous workout and suddenly, you experience a pleasurable, tingling sensation in your privates. 

Been there?  

Yes, we’re talking about a “coregasm” or an exercise-induced orgasm. 

Intrigued to know more?

We’ll give you all the deets on coregasm and how you can have one. 

Or, if you're experiencing unwanted coregasms (which can lead to awkward situations), we'll also tell you how to prevent them.

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What Is a Coregasm?

A coregasm is an orgasm you may experience while doing exercises that engage your core muscles (abdominal, back, and pelvic floor muscles). 

People experience coregasms through weight lifting, yoga, or bodyweight training, especially when their workout targets the lower abs.

A coregasm is also called an exercise-induced orgasm (EIO) or exercise-induced sexual pleasure (EISP).

Renowned sexologist Dr. Alfred Kinsey introduced the term ‘coregasm’ in his book Sexual Behavior in the Human Female in 1953. He identified a link between the female orgasm and abdominal exercises. 

Here’s an interesting fact:

Unlike a vaginal or clitoral orgasm that women usually experience between the sheets, a coregasm is somewhat of an asexual response. 

Simply put, it isn’t triggered by sexual thoughts and can happen without prior sexual arousal or external physical stimulation. 


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How Do Coregasms Happen?

According to Dr. Debby Herbenick, author of The Coregasm Workout and Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, what exactly causes a coregasm is still unknown. 

Many experts believe that fatigued abdominal and pelvic floor muscles produce some kind of internal stimulation that leads to a coregasm. 

For men, this may be prostate stimulation. For women, vigorous movement of pelvic muscles may stimulate the clitoris or vagina, even without any sexual arousal. 

The result?

A pleasant (or awkward) surprise in the form of an exercise-induced orgasm!

Here’s the thing.

Not every person doing a core exercise experiences a coregasm EVERY TIME. It has a lot to do with how the exercise is being done. 

The way in which your abs and pelvic floor muscles move during abdominal exercises or any core workout affects your ability to coregasm.

We’ll get into that later though. First, let’s find out what you’ll actually feel when you have an exercise-induced arousal.

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What Does a Coregasm Feel Like?

The sensation and intensity of a coregasm differ from person to person.

In women, an exercise-induced orgasm may evoke sexual pleasure similar to a vaginal orgasm. However, it may not be as tingly and intense as any other kind of female orgasm. (Bummer!

Most women feel the sensation in their lower abs, which extends to the inner thighs and pelvis. Unlike a deep clitoral orgasm, you won’t feel a throbbing sensation in your clitoris.

In men, a coregasm may feel similar to a prostate orgasm, which lasts longer and feels more intense. (Words we all want to hear!)

But how common are they?

Can Everyone Have Coregasms?

The author of The Coregasm Workout and a leading sex researcher, Dr. Herbenick mentions that coregasms are pretty common. 

Dr. Alfred Kinsey mentioned in Sexual Behavior in the Human Female that 5% of women he interacted with had experienced it.

According to the 2014 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, nearly 9% of respondents revealed to have experienced an exercise-induced orgasm. This research was conducted in the U.S. by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion. 

Although both men and women can experience exercise-induced sexual pleasure, it is more common in women. 

According to Sexual and Relationship Therapy, a journal published in 2012, nearly 23% of the surveyed women reported having an exercise-induced orgasm.

That’s some incentive to attend the next core workout class and try new exercise techniques. (*Wink wink*)


So which physical exercise and abdominal workouts increase your chances of indulging in  a coregasm?

Exercises to Induce Coregasms and Release Those “Feel-Good” Hormones

Increase your odds of experiencing a coregasm by performing these exercises:

  • Hanging leg raises
  • Captain’s chair leg raises
  • Hanging knee raises
  • Crunches
  • Flutter kicks
  • Hip thrusts
  • Leg lift
  • Knee lift
  • Squats 
  • Planks
  • Hollow holds
  • Hamstring curls
  • Yoga poses
  • Situps
  • Pullups
  • Chinups
  • Weight lifting
  • Climbing

These exercises essentially engage your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and heighten your chances of having a coregasm. 

Not a big fan of crunches or core training?

Here’s some good news: 

Coregasms don’t only result from an ab workout. They may also result from cycling, running, and swimming. 

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Are Coregasms Healthy?

Just like any other kind of orgasm, coregasm causes your body to release hormones like oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin

These are popularly known as “happy hormones” for a reason — they help uplift your mood, relieve stress, and may promote a good night’s sleep.

Fun as they might be though, getting a coregasm in the public gym can be awks!

If you’ve been there, you may be wondering…

How On Earth Can You Prevent Coregasms?

Here are a few tips to avoid getting an unwanted coregasm during your abdominal workouts (or worse, in front of your gym trainer!):

  • Steer clear of any ab exercise that has led to coregasms on earlier occasions. Consider doing different ones that target the same muscle groups.
  • When you feel an orgasm coming during any core exercise, hit pause. Slowly move on to another physical exercise or try new exercise techniques. Switching to different moves can prevent your coregasm from gaining intensity. 
  • Try to relax your body every once in a while and avoid intense workouts or ab exercises that are more commonly associated with coregasms.
  • Try cycling or sprinting for shorter durations if you get coregasms during such distance-based exercises. 
  • Take deep breaths to release the tension in your pelvic muscles and abdominal muscles.

Having said that, if you’re craving to climax, there are other easier ways to get there than through a core workout. 

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From changes in estrogen levels to lackluster foreplay, many things can contribute to a lack of sexual arousal. And that’s why lubricants should be your best friend. 

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Celebrate Your Sexuality with Coconu

Even if you don’t have a coregasm, performing any core exercise can contribute to good health and great sex. (Yes, you heard us right.

It helps develop your back, pelvic, and abdominal muscles — all of which can be your key to lasting longer in bed.

And if you want to make penetrative sex more fun, bring out the lube! 

It can be the ultimate game-changer, adding more oomph to your sex life. 

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