The Science of Autism and Orgasm

A reader on the autism spectrum brought up a concern in regards to recent issues in the bedroom.  Once having an easier ability to achieve an orgasm, this person is finding that the process has become increasingly difficult:

“[Since learning more about my ASD diagnosis] I’ve been noticing a growing awareness in what is going on around me and what my body is feeling… and it is becoming sort of distracting during sex, mainly orgasm. As I began to feel my self start to climax I suddenly became very focused on the noises and things in the room such as the fan running, and how the moving air felt on my skin. Then I suddenly became overwhelmed with my body itself, to the point that it took away the orgasm. I focused intensely on how the sheets felt against my skin, how my partner’s skin felt on mine, how my hands felt running through [my partner’s] hair, then the ever knowing coldness I get through my body in that passionate moment. I kept thinking… what is wrong with me? Is there something wrong with me? Why in this moment of love am I so overwhelmed with my surroundings when I have something so special happening? Do [people on the spectrum] experience intimacy and orgasms differently [than others]? It was way more intense but very overwhelming to me, too.”

This person is not alone.  Others on the spectrum have voiced similar concerns and curiosity regarding these specific issues, which creates a good excuse to bring up such a bold topic.

Let’s make one thing clear: people with autism do experience orgasms.  But how different is the orgasm experience for an autistic individual?  Is it more intense?  Is it less intense?  Is it the same?

There has yet to be a scientific study conducted on orgasm and its effect on people on the autism spectrum.  So just for entertainment’s sake, we will discuss the possible hypotheses, address the possible challenges unique to individuals with ASD or sensory sensitivities based on personal perspectives, and wrap up with final thoughts.

First, let’s break down the hypotheses…

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  1. Joe Petrone
    Posted July 23, 2011 at 8:05 PM | Permalink

    Since being diagnosed with ASD (asperger’s) at this late age I’ve discovered something curious about myself. At the point of climax and for a short time afterwards I laugh involuntarily. It’s not hysterical, but it is unstoppable. Do others experience this?

  2. Cazz
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    I usually feel sad at that monent for no prior bad experience or reason at all. That and I tend itch and get pain if I focus on area or have one area focused on too much. I usually prefer orgasms if I purposely avoid them and they happen eventually anyways if I have touch moved around the whole body.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted April 21, 2015 at 6:32 PM | Permalink

    Well, this thing is old, but i comment nonetheless..

    I am a person, female bodied with asperger and come faster than my partner. When i am sufficiently in the mood, i can come without touching me, just through PC-muscle contraction or via stimulation of my nipples.
    And its really fast so 3-5 sec if i am mentally prepared- if not its maybe 1-2 minutes.
    But this only works when I masturbate, I am unable to come in piv-sex, I often have the feeling that my body is kinda unsure what to do and which sensations to prioritize – either the internal touch and movement OR the external, both wont work.
    That was never a real problem for me, i just wait short and then try it again. Also soft touches are not nice, but pain is (highter pain threshold-definately..)

    So I do think that my heightened sensibility in reg to touch and stuff definately impacts my ability to orgasm so much faster than most people.

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