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Study: Women Having "Coregasms" at the Gym

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Forget a better body, relieving stress and improving your overall health. Ladies, there's a brand new reason to hit the gym, it's a little controversial, but some women are swearing by it.

Wendy Matthews never misses a chance to work out.  She's a personal trainer and hits the gym everyday for work and for play, but one day -- something completely threw off her routine -- in a good way!

"I was actually exercising and I was feeling some kind of pleasure, and I just didn't know what it was," Matthews explains.

Wendy didn't know it at the time, but she was actually having what many have called a "coregasm."

"A certainly wonderful and for many, unexpected benefit of exercise." Doctor Debby Herbenick is the author of the book "Sex made Easy" and is also behind a recent study that asked hundreds of women about getting "hot and heavy" while working out.

For women, a coregasm is some type of orgasm she has from physical exercise," Herbenick says. "A coregasm specifically would be exercises usually that somehow are very demanding on the abdominal muscles, things like sit-ups, crunches, and the captains chair."

But it's more than just that, in the study, some participants said they got aroused during yoga... even mopping floors and raking leaves! And it doesn't have be a full on orgasm. Some women just report feeling mild sexual stimulation.

Herbenick estimates as many as 15% of all women get sexual pleasure from exercise.

Wendy says it doesn't happen every time she works out, but when it does... "It's that last one. It's that last effort you put into, and it's so wonderful and it feels so good."

Wendy says women should embrace their coregasms... Not hide from them. She sees the whole experience as just another reason to hit the gym, get healthy, and feel sexy.

In Matthews' opinion, "If you come to the gym and you exercise and you have a coregasm, that's a plus!"

Don't feel left out guys; researchers say the same thing can happen to men. The authors of this study are currently looking into that phenomena, as well as trying to figure out if people can be taught to have a coregasm.

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