there's a Guardian story that has got it all wrong
"Female orgasm captured in series of brain scans"
As any guy will tell you, you don't want to get into the mind
of a woman. It's a scary place. That's why most guys don't much
care for women's minds. Just enough to know that flowers and
chocolates help start the orgasm, even before the nice
dinner and the wine.
Truth be told, smart guys know that women's orgasms are strange
things, if they are affected by chocolate. The only thing that most
men know is that the stuff works.
How are they supposed to know that it is foreplay to the female
Guys can barely comprehend the need for physical foreplay. All
the we know is that it means more sex for us, with them.
Now, we also know conclusively why , when women don't feel like
having a horizontal cha-cha, they claim to have a headache.
Something must have disturbed that delicate balance, like a
toilet seat being up.
[where are you looking?]
Female orgasm captured in series of brain scansThe animation will help scientists understand how the female brain conducts the symphony of activity that leads to an orgasm
Ian Sample, Washington DC
guardian.co.uk, Monday 14 November 2011 21.00 GMT
After orgasm, activity in the hypothalamus and nucleus accumbens gradually calms down. Illustration: Corbis
Scientists have used brain scan images to create the world's first movie of the female brain as it approaches, experiences and recovers from an orgasm. The animation reveals the steady buildup of activity in the brain as disparate regions flicker into life and then come together in a crescendo of activity before gently settling back down again.
To make the animation, researchers monitored a woman's brain as she lay in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner and stimulated herself. The research will help scientists to understand how the brain conducts the symphony of activity that leads to sexual climax in a woman.
By studying people who have orgasms, Professor Barry Komisaruk, a psychologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey and his team hope to uncover what goes wrong in both men and women who cannot reach sexual climax.
The animation was compiled from sequential brain scans of Nan Wise, a 54-year-old PhD student and sex therapist in Komisaruk's lab. "It's my dissertation," Wise told the Guardian. "I'm committed to it."