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Peegasms. The innovative trick that lets women (and anyone with a vulva) enjoy mini orgasms by holding in their pee went viral recently after a video on everyone’s favorite sex-education platform TikTok, brought to light this secret trend. In the video, a boy looks genuinely shocked, if not a little smug, to discover that some women ‘hold in pee to get a “peegasm.”’
However, this trick isn’t new – in fact, it’s one of the oldest in the book. Turns out, women have secretly been enjoying this sensation for years, it’s just no one knew it was an actual thing.
So, what exactly is a peegasm?
According to urban dictionary, a peegasm is what happens ‘when you have to pee so badly that when you finally do it sends a shiver up your spine, gives you goosebumps, and is almost as good as an orgasm.’
More scientifically speaking, a peegasm is the result of an over-full bladder putting pressure on your other organs, including the clitoris. Releasing this downward pressure by peeing can cause the nerve endings in the clit to fire off, giving you a sensation of mini orgasm.
You can also experience a peegasm if you are already aroused when you pee. For example, if you take a bathroom break during sex, or you pee shortly after you’ve masturbated. Starting to sound familiar?
While the term “peegasm” looks like your classic Hannah Montana mash-up of the best of both worlds, the technical phrase actually originated from a Reddit thread. After a Reddit user shared how they could achieve mini orgasms by delaying urination, the thread quickly became full of women reporting a similar experience – but I’ll let you read those replies at your own leisure.
While there’s nothing inherently dangerous about having an orgasm while peeing, experts say there are some dangers from holding in urine on purpose. Frequently attempting to have a peegasm may damage your pelvic floor muscles which could cause you to have urinary incontinence later down the line—giving a whole new meaning to PMSL.
Intentionally not emptying your bladder allows bacteria to accumulate, increasing the risk of infection and UTIs. It can also increase the chance of kidney stones, especially in those who have a history of kidney stones in their family. However, if a peegasm occurs naturally, then it’s all good in the (vagina) hood.
The danger of frequent peegasms aside, this isn’t the first time people have made a link between urination and the female orgasm. For example, female ejaculation. While female ejaculation – affectionately known as “squirting”–isn’t pee itself, this ejaculate fluid comes from a woman’s urethra which is also the same duct that carries pee from the bladder to the outside of the body. As a result, many mistake female ejaculate for urine.
The subject of female ejaculation remains relatively taboo – who can forget the time when women who had reportedly ejaculated during sex were treated like actual mythical unicorns? – when in reality, the International Society for Sexual Medicine suggests “squirting” happens to between 10 and 50 percent of women during sex.
The weirdest part? Scientists still don’t fully understand the biological purpose of female ejaculation or how it works. One person who does? Cardi B. Yep, WAP has no problem addressing just how very wet women can get when they become aroused.
It has become normalized for people to talk openly about female pleasure. Yet while addressing previously taboo subjects and putting the female orgasm into the mainstream is generally a positive thing, sometimes you DO need a gynecologist to tell you what you should try, and what perhaps you shouldn’t. Especially when platforms like TikTok have provided a free platform for misogynistic people to have their say about issues that definitely don’t concern them – in the words of Rachel Green, no uterus, no opinion.
Holding in your pee might be one of the oldest tricks in the book, but remember, there are also other pages to read if you want to have an orgasm.
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