The Science of Autism and Orgasm

In Closing…

Like snowflakes, no two orgasms are alike.  Personal stories shared by those with ASD and those without ASD reveal that every orgasm will vary in intensity, length, and target of stimulation.  How the orgasms are experienced is more difficult to compare because of the difficulty of describing it in verbatim.

So, is the orgasm experience for an individual with autism more intense, not as intense, or the same?  We have no real way of telling.  Only speculation, wild guessing, and personal accounts can support and contribute to the debate.  Even when personal experiences are shared, an individual with ASD can only share what it’s like for an individual with ASD, and an individual without ASD can only share what an orgasm is like for an individual without ASD.  Although research continues to be done on the human orgasmic experience in and of itself, an official study has yet to be conducted to support the possible unique factors in orgasms experienced by an autistic individual.  Considering there are so many other things related to autism on the list waiting to be funded and approved for research, it may be a while before that even gets “touched” on. For now, we can continue to speculate, while building our knowledge with what scientific research has claimed about orgasms in general, summarized in entertaining speeches like the one delivered by Mary Roach at a 2009 TED conference:

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Video sources: TED.com

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A version of this article was published in The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  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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