How A Woman Walks Can Say A Lot About Her Orgasms - Sexologist
    By News Staff | September 4th 2008 05:26 PM | 7 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

    A new study found that trained sexologists could infer a woman's history of vaginal orgasm by observing the way she walks. The study is published in the September 2008 issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

    Led by Stuart Brody of the University of the West of Scotland in collaboration with colleagues in Belgium, the study involved 16 female Belgian university students. Subjects completed a questionnaire on their sexual behavior and were then videotaped from a distance while walking in a public place. The videotapes were rated by two professors of sexology and two research assistants trained in the functional-sexological approach to sexology, who were not aware of the women's orgasmic history.

    The results showed that the appropriately trained sexologists were able to correctly infer vaginal orgasm through watching the way the women walked over 80 percent of the time. Further analysis revealed that the sum of stride length and vertebral rotation was greater for the vaginally orgasmic women. "This could reflect the free, unblocked energetic flow from the legs through the pelvis to the spine," the authors note.

    There are several plausible explanations for the results shown by this study. One possibility is that a woman's anatomical features may predispose her to greater or lesser tendency to experience vaginal orgasm. According to Brody, "Blocked pelvic muscles, which might be associated with psychosexual impairments, could both impair vaginal orgasmic response and gait." In addition, vaginally orgasmic women may feel more confident about their sexuality, which might be reflected in their gait. "Such confidence might also be related to the relationship(s) that a woman has had, given the finding that specifically penile-vaginal orgasm is associated with indices of better relationship quality," the authors state. Research has linked vaginal orgasm to better mental health.

    The study provides some support for assumptions of a link between muscle blocks and sexual function, according to the authors. They conclude that it may lend credibility to the idea of incorporating training in movement, breathing and muscle patterns into the treatment of sexual dysfunction.

    "Women with orgasmic dysfunction should be treated in a multi-disciplinary manner" says Irwin Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine."Although small, this study highlights the potential for multiple therapies such as expressive arts therapy incorporating movement and physical therapy focusing on the pelvic floor."


    (Am completing a thesis on sexual strategies, attitudes and behaviours; unfortunately, my uni doesn't have access to the journal)

    So, between four raters they correctly 'diagnosed' 13 out of the 16 people. I wonder how much agreement (inter-rater reliability) there was between raters, and how they dealt with any disagreement? Would be interesting to see how accurate a single rater is/can be.

    There're lots of psychological things that might be of interest here too. Some women may 'advertise' their orgasmic status more than others, especially if one type of orgasm helps (more) with sperm retention. Suddenly one 'group' may effectively be more fertile, which leads into all sorts of interesting directions.

    Are they defining vaginal orgasm to be the same thing as clitoral orgasm? Or is it only a vaginal orgasm acheived via penetration?

    I can prove any stupid thesis with a study based upon 16 samples.

    Take 16 people and prove one of them is the Pope.

    hmmmm... i think we can compare 16 sample to whole people in earth... are you kidding ?...
    This is not a scientific article (of opportunist sexologists…)! Orgasm is a normal function of all women: it is possible in every woman because it’s caused by the female erectile organs. Vaginal orgasm is a term invented by Freud in 1905, it is only a theory: vagina is a reproductive organ with little sensitivity. Sexologists don’t study on specialist textbooks: Female sexual physiology was described in Dickinson’s textbooks in 1949 and by Masters and Johnson in 1966... See video in newsexology

    Yes even though the study is small, aren't most studies small to begin with? I don't understand why there is so much negativity. I for one am very interested in this study and its furtherance.