The Brain Vagina Connection
The new science has established a radically new insight: that there is such a strong brain-vagina connection in women.
When a woman has an orgasm – and, even before that, when she feels empowered to think about pleasurable sex, anticipate it, focus on how to get it, and feels in control of and knowledgeable enough about her body to know she can probably reach orgasm during sex – her brain gets a boost of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Then, in orgasm, opioids and oxytocin are also released.
This experience does not just yield pleasure, it also yields specific states of mind.
Dopamine is what I call the ultimate feminist neurotransmitter: it yields motivation and goal orientedness, trust in one’s own judgement and, most notably of all, in my mind, confidence.
(Cocaine, for instance, powerfully stimulates release of dopamine – hence the crazy confidence and sociability of coke users, at least under the influence, responding to that boost).
Opioids give the brain the sensation of ecstasy or transcendence; and finally, oxytocin – which can be released both when a woman’s nipples are being stimulated and during the contractions of orgasm – creates a sense of bonding, caring and intimacy.
Oxytocin has been shown in studies to give people with heightened levels an advantage in reading the emotions of faces.
So, given this chemical bath, it is fair to say that the vagina is not just a sex organ at all, but a powerful mediator of female confidence, creativity and the sense of the connections between things.
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