Episode 135: Nipplegasms And Other Nongenital Orgasms

October 11, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 135: Nipplegasms And Other Nongenital Orgasms


Contrary to popular belief, genital stimulation isn’t absolutely necessary when it comes to orgasm. Many people have experiences with “non-genital orgasms,” which are orgasms that result from something other than stimulation of the penis or vulva. This can include a lot of different things, from nipple and ear stimulation to getting a tattoo or piercing to exercise and taking a bumpy car ride. So what do we know about all of these non-genital orgasms? Let’s talk about it!

I am joined by Dr. Barry Komisaruk, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University-Newark. Barry has published more than 180 research articles and has co-authored and edited five books, including The Science of Orgasm. Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • The fascinating connection between pleasure and pain. It turns out that losing the ability to experience pain also results in a loss in the ability to experience pleasure.
  • What women who can think themselves to orgasm are thinking about.
  • Whether non-genital orgasms look the same physiologically as genital orgasms.
  • Why stimulation of the nipples or ears alone can sometimes trigger orgasm.
  • Why some people have reported experiencing orgasm during childbirth or defecation.

This is a fascinating episode you won’t want to miss. Check it out!

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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