What Is a Spontaneous Orgasm?

Doing stretches on a regular basis can help alleviate the symptoms associated with spontaneous orgasm.
Spontaneous orgasm is more common among women than men.
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  • Written By: Valerie Goldberg
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  • Last Modified Date: 20 August 2014
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A spontaneous orgasm is when a person climaxes without participating in sexual activity. It is possible for a man to have a spontaneous orgasm, but it is much more common in women. Some women may experience spontaneous orgasms while participating in common activities such as riding a bike or a horse, exercising or simply wearing tight clothing, because all of these actions can cause friction against the clitoris and vulva. Other people have a medical condition that causes spontaneous orgasms even when nothing is stimulating their genitalia.

Chronic spontaneous orgasms can be painful, frustrating and even embarrassing. If a woman is having a spontaneous orgasm daily or multiple times a day, she may be suffering from persistent genital arousal disorder. Women who have this condition will experience arousal sensations in their genitals to the point that the area is throbbing. Sufferers with a severe form of the condition may masturbate or have sex to relieve the sensation, only to have it return within the hour.

Women who suffer from chronic, spontaneous orgasms may have problems working and socializing because of the urgent and distracting sensations. There is no one known cause of persistent genital arousal disorder. As of 2011, the medical community is still working on learning more about this disorder. Possible causes include hormonal imbalances and nervous system issues.

Relief from spontaneous orgasms can be found temporarily through masturbation, but that is not enough for patients with a persistent problem. Some women try to tame the sensation by holding ice packs or heat packs to their genital areas. Others try professional pelvic floor therapy massage sessions or doing yoga and stretches on a regular basis to lessen symptoms. There is not one solid cure, so women may have to try a variety of things before finding relief.

A woman who believes she has a spontaneous orgasm problem and is being ignored by her regular gynecologist or general practitioner should seek help from a doctor specializing in sexual disorders or the pelvic floor. A prescription for lidocaine gel or a low-grade antidepressant may help with symptoms. Joining a support group also can be beneficial for suffers of this disorder, which can make people feel isolated.

The condition typically pops up out of nowhere in women ages 40 to 50, but there are recorded cases of both younger and older women also suffering from spontaneous orgasms. If a woman has a spontaneous orgasm once in a great while, she likely is not suffering from persistent genital arousal disorder and should not be concerned. Women should seek medical help when the orgasms begin to cause discomfort or prevent them from participating in normal daily activities.

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anon943080
Post 8

I have suffered from spontaneous orgasms related to nerves for 30 years. I am a male and get orgasms and ejaculation from nerves in exams, surfing big waves, and public speaking. I have had to not do these things as it's too embarrassing. The problem is, fear of it happening makes it happen, so it becomes really difficult to do things like presentations in front of crowds etc, because the fear of embarrassing oneself in front of them brings it on -- a self reinforcing effect. It hasn't gone away for 30 years and I don't believe it ever will.

anon929597
Post 7

In my reading I'm seeing the word "suffer" a lot. I don't suffer from spontaneous orgasms, but I do experience them and enjoy them. Only once did it happen in public: I was waitressing at age 18 and experiencing a lot of stress when the wonderful feelings exploded in my genitals. Luckily I was in the kitchen and not in the dining area when it happened! Since then, 30-plus years have passed and I've had spontaneous orgasms on occasion throughout the years, mostly if I haven't had a sexually stimulated orgasm for a few months and mostly at night while sleeping. It always wakes me up and I will often use my hands to improve the sensations, which are deep vaginal palpitations. Lovely.

I've talked to friends about his and they're amazed and jealous. I consider myself lucky.

anon356345
Post 6

I am 25 years old and experienced one about three years ago while taking a university exam. I was very nervous and anxious about the exam. Before I started writing, I had mild orgasm that lasted about 10 seconds. I managed to compose myself so no one noticed.

It was a really strange experience, but I am fascinated to find out exactly what triggers it off and why.

Annn25
Post 4

I'm 25 years old and I had my first spontaneous orgasm two days ago. I suffer from depression and anxiety. I am taking Prozac. I had an argument with my boyfriend that night and I went home crying. After I parked my car and all of a sudden, with no physical stimulation, I had an orgasm like I have never felt before. I felt it directly on my clitoris and started moaning inside my car, having no control over it.

I read on a blog where a girl said that these spontaneous orgasms occur when she is thinking about a boy she likes or when she is mad at her boyfriend. I don't know why this happened. Maybe it was my body defending itself from sadness and this was just my body trying to relax me, just like when someone sweats when nervous or the body is too hot in order to cool down.

I really hope this doesn't happen again when I am in public.

anon329803
Post 3

I am a woman with two children and I am 32. I have been suffering from severe spontaneous orgasms since I started to crawl. I am on anti-depressants and I always thought everyone was having what I have. But I suffered from low self esteem and I am very self conscious of myself all the time.

I am extremely embarrassed by this and I feel I can't even mow the front lawn for my husband anymore. I have always isolated myself from loved ones and friends because of this. Please give me some advice?

anon262726
Post 1

I am a 65 year old healthy, active woman in a good relationship with a fiance. I have occasionally experienced spontaneous orgasms in my sleep. This is always related to a very stressful situation in a dream and resolves as I wake up, with no feelings of sexual arousal whatsoever.

What is concerning to me is that last week, when I was suddenly under extreme stress in public (lost driving a car), I experienced two spontaneous orgasms one after another.

This was very embarrassing to me, even though no one noticed. What is going on?

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