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This is something I was reminded of while reading some of the other posts on here...sort of a silly question, but can women have something similar to a male's "morning wood"?

Every so often, usually as I'm starting to wake up, but not totally awake yet (usually within 20 minutes or so of actually being totally awake), I will feel sort of, I don't know...aroused? But not in the way that I am when I'm completely awake and aware. It's almost like it feels like my vagina (the inside) is, for lack of a better word, pulsating (?)'s a pleasurable feeling, and usually, as far as I know, it's not due to any sex dreams or the like. It only lasts a few seconds, maybe 15, and then I typically drift back to sleep or something for a few minutes before actually waking up.

So...what is it? It's definitely not something that bothers me in any way, but I was just wondering what's going on, for curiosity's sake. [Smile] Thanks

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Yep, that's absolutely normal for both males and females when they go through the REM phase of their sleep cycle. So that means arousal occurs approximately every 90 minutes you're asleep, or as coincides with that REM sleep. You can read an abstract from a study done on this here: .

It's a combination of nitric oxide production during sleep (which helps to maintain proper blood circulation throughout your body. Nitric oxide is also what allows the body's erectile tissue to engorge with blood) and simply the intellectual stimulation that occurs during REM that leads to the arousal/nocturnal erections for men. Most people don't remember their dreams anyway, so it's also possible that you had a sexually-charged dream without your knowing.

Most people wake up during, or directly following REM sleep (unless you're woken up by an alarm clock, or something like that), so that probably explains why you have the residual arousal right when you wake up. So it's absolutely, completely normal for men and women :]

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Interesting, thanks! I figured that's probably what it I know for sure!
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