This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Have Sex

Sex can elicit a rollercoaster of emotions, so much so it's oftentimes confusing what's actually going on—in both your body and your brain. Whether it's casual, committed, or somewhere in-between, you're always going to feel something. Even if it's just: "I want to have sex more." What's interesting, though, is those feelings can oftentimes be traced back to biology and brain chemistry. "Sex is good," says Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD, a board-certified urologist and sexual health expert. "Knowing what happens to your body and brain before, during, and after sex has the potential to make sex amazing."

And it makes sense. Getting in touch with your body allows for a more comfortable and freeing experience—you'll be able to better understand how you feel, what you like, and how to ask for it. It'll open up communication between you and your partner and better serve your needs—in the long run—both emotionally and physically. I asked Brahmbhatt to break down exactly what happens, from foreplay all the way to orgasm. That, of course, is assuming women are able to have a vaginal orgasm during intercourse (studies show 75% of women never reach orgasm from intercourse alone and 10% to 15% never climax no matter the circumstances).

Below find exactly what happens when you have sex.