Ever had an orgasm that originated in one of your feet? Probably not. But if you have, you're not alone -- and there's a team of Dutch researchers who'd like to hear from you.
Foot orgasm syndrome exists and despite it's name, it's not a good thing.
First, a little background: In 2013, a 55-year-old woman living in The Netherlands who identifies as "Mrs. A" went to see a doctor because she was having five or six spontaneous orgasms a day that seemed to originate in her left foot, according to LiveScience.
Finding these spontaneous sensations embarrassing and anxiety-inducing, she consulted a doctor. Doctors soon learned that Mrs. A had suffered from a severe infection a few years earlier that left tingling and burning sensations in her left foot.
Doctors concluded that Mrs. A's foot orgasms were happening because the nerve damage caused by her infection made it so that her brain "could not differentiate which information came from her left foot and which information came from her genitals. As a result, the brain decided that sensory information from the left foot was identical to the information from the vagina. Thus, the brain translated information from the foot as being an orgasm," Marcel D. Waldinger wrote on a website about his research.
Doctors injected anesthesia into the spinal nerve that receives sensory information from the foot, and the orgasms stopped.
Mrs. A's FOS is the first known case, but now researchers are looking for other people who suffer from it. After all, the nerve that receives sensory information from the foot and the vagina enter the spinal cord at the same level -- Mrs. A can't be only one.
Spontaneous orgasms don't just come from the feet. In good or bad news for exercisers (depending on how you look at it), something called a "coregasm" also exists. A 2012 study found that 51.4 percent of women who had experienced exercise-induced sexual experiences found that it originated in their core.
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