Women can have multiple orgasms! Most people know this, but it is quite the opposite when it comes to men. Reaching climax multiple times is not easy for men because they generally ejaculate while experiencing orgasm. Spontaneous orgasms are even less known and discussed. Continue reading to know more.

What are they?

These orgasms are triggered without any sexual stimulation and can lead to a series of orgasms. It is not as exciting as it sounds. Though a few enjoy this process, finding it pleasurable, few feel it is a burden interrupting their routine. Spontaneous orgasms may occur at odd times, like when you are at work or at the family dinner table. These ejaculation instances are uncalled for, making people uncomfortable and embarrassed. Incidents like these can also disrupt your sleep cycle and daily schedule. Among some men, repeated instances such as these even cause physical pain and suffering, robbing them of their interest in a healthy sexual life. Its side effects include: lack of proper sleep, a diverted mind, difficulty in urinating, lowered sex drive, pain in the genitals, depression and anxiety.

Why do they occur?

There is no clear evidence to show how many individuals suffer from spontaneous orgasms and what causes them. Researchers, however, have recognized a few factors listed below, which could possibly trigger this condition.

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)

A disorder in which an ongoing genital arousal is experienced, without any connection to sexual activities or feelings. The symptoms are similar to what one experiences during sexual arousal, the only difference being that there is no desire to have sex. A few side effects include: a tingling sensation in the genitals, an erection or a swollen vulva. Individuals with PGAD can experience these symptoms for either a few hours or even the entire day. Though the true cause of PGAD is still unknown, a few tests and theories indicate that it could be affected by the pudendal nerve.

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Unintentional orgasms

This is relatively more familiar territory. Have you ever had a wet dream? Have you been aroused the moment you woke up and felt the urge to masturbate or have sex? The Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase of your sleep is responsible for these feelings and can lead to sleep or nocturnal orgasms. Nocturnal orgasms can occur without ejaculation but mostly result in an erection which can lead to involuntary genital secretions while you are asleep.

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Conscious orgasms

More research is required to define the causes of this category. Based on certain research reports, suspected causes which trigger conscious orgasms are listed below:

Drugs and Medication

Medications like Rasagiline, commonly used for Parkinson’s disease, and serotonin reuptake inhibitors used for battling depression have resulted in hyperarousal. Case studies have reported that consuming these medicines has led patients to have about 3 to 5 spontaneous orgasms per day.


You might have come across pornos in which actors experience sexual arousal while exercising. This is not just a fantasy but can also be related to a sexual disorder. A survey conducted in 2012 by Indiana University stated that a few women go through arousal while exercising. Abdominal exercises, cycling, weightlifting, and rope climbing have been known to trigger spontaneous orgasms.


It is something you might not expect but the human body is surprising. Amidst the pain and tension of delivery, women may experience arousal and orgasm during vaginal childbirth. Also known as “birthgasm”, researchers have been investigating if it could serve as a small way of relieving labor pain and anxiety.

How to tackle this issue?

If your orgasms are triggered due to activities like cycling or weight lifting, then you can avoid these and opt for yoga and other alternatives. Activities involving pressure and vibration must be avoided if you have PGAD. One of the best solutions recommended by health experts is yoga and meditation, along with recreational activities like listening to music, spending time with your friends and indulging in your favorite hobbies.

Orgasms experienced when you are asleep do not require much medical attention. Although, if you are facing urges while you are awake, try to write down the scenario as it occurs, with the help of the template below:

  1. What did you feel before the orgasm?
  2. What were you doing before the orgasm?
  3. Did you feel any unusual symptoms?
  4. Do you have a specific medication history?
  5. Is there any new substance or product you began using recently?

After making a note of the first few occurrences, consult a doctor and show them your notebook. This will help in a precise diagnosis, medication, and treatment.


Post examination, your doctor may suggest:

  • A physical examination
  • Pelvic examination
  • Neurological testing
  • Tests to measure genital blood flow

Once examined carefully, your doctor may further suggest:

  • Sex therapy
  • Behavioral or psychological therapy
  • Prescribe you with an alternative medication
  • Discontinue present medications
  • Suggest application of numbing or desensitizing lotion to the genitals
  • Pudendal nerve block injections
  • Surgery for nerve repair

Keep yourself calm and do not panic. Attempt to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Consult an expert without feeling embarrassed because health and happiness come first.

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Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP