Exercise. Is there anything it can’t do? As if it weren’t beneficial enough, a new study by Indiana University finds that working out can lead to orgasm among women. Sorry guys, this one is strictly for the ladies.

Exercise-induced orgasm (EIO) and exercise-induced sexual pleasure (EISP) is more common than you think. “While the findings are new, reports of this phenomenon, sometimes called ‘coregasm’ because of its association with exercises for core abdominal muscles, have circulated in the media for years,” said Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in IU’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, in a release.

Herbenick said that the most common exercises associated with EIO were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting. So ladies, ramp up your core workouts if you want an extra umph in your routine.

The findings
Researchers based their results on surveys administered online to 124 women who reported experiencing EIO and 246 women who experienced EISP. The women ranged in age from 18 to 63.

Diverse types of physical exercise were associated with EIO and EISP. Among the EIO group, 51.4% reported experiencing an orgasm in connection with abdominal exercises within the previous 90 days. Others reported experiencing orgasm in connection to such exercises as weight lifting (26.5%), yoga (20%), bicycling (15.8%), running (13.2%) and walking/hiking (9.6%).


Some other key findings:

  • About 40% of women who had experienced EIO and EISP had done so on more than 10 occasions.
  • Most of the women in the EIO group reported feeling some degree of self-consciousness when exercising in public places, with about 20% reporting they could not control their experience.
  • Most women reporting EIO said they were not fantasizing sexually or thinking about anyone they were attracted to during their experiences.

Herbenick said that the mechanisms behind exercise-induced orgasm and exercise-induced sexual pleasure remain unclear, and in future research they hope to learn more about triggers for both.

Further research is obviously needed, since the findings are only based on online surveys. However, Herbenick explained in the report that exercise has the potential to enhance women’s sexual lives.