Walking the walk: gait infers sexual history
Sexologists (where do you go to school for that?) can now determine your sexual history just by watching you walk. In the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researcher Stuart Brody of the University of West Scotland outlines how he and his research team were able to accurately determine whether 16 female Belgian university students had experienced vaginal orgasm by examining their gait.
The results showed that the appropriately trained sexologists were able to correctly infer vaginal orgasm through watching the way the women walked over 80 percent of the time. Further analysis revealed that the sum of stride length and vertebral rotation was greater for the vaginally orgasmic women. "This could reflect the free, unblocked energetic flow from the legs through the pelvis to the spine," the authors note.
Previous research has suggested vaginal orgasms lead to better mental health, and therefore a number of related factors may be at play here:
Vaginally orgasmic women may feel more confident about their sexuality, which might be reflected in their gait. "Such confidence might also be related to the relationship(s) that a woman has had, given the finding that specifically penile-vaginal orgasm is associated with indices of better relationship quality," the authors state.
If blocked pelvic muscles are a factor in preventing women from reaching orgasm, this research could lend considerable insight into treating this dysfunction, as training exercises like stretching and breathing may alleviate those blockages.
"Women with orgasmic dysfunction should be treated in a multi-disciplinary manner" says Irwin Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine."Although small, this study highlights the potential for multiple therapies such as expressive arts therapy incorporating movement and physical therapy focusing on the pelvic floor."