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luanne
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I've Googled this phenomenon and only come up with pregnancy as an explanation. I've never had any type of sexual encounter.

Sometimes when I'm daydreaming about sex, I make up a particularly appealing incident, and down in my abdomen there's a butterfly sensation. It feels just like the normal butterflies that happen higher up, except it's stronger and charges through. It always happens because of something I've thought, and doesn't happen during masturbation alone. Nonetheless, it must have something to do with arousal, and I'm curious to know whether it can be attributed to some known function of the uterus or elsewhere. Is it a common sensation?

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Butterflies in the stomach is a completely normal, very common symptom of anything that evokes the "fight or flight" response. So things like nerves, fear, or absolutely sexual arousal can cause that.

I don't think there's a definitive explanation for it, but my biology teacher explained that it has to do with the production of adrenaline that's kicked into overdrive when we're in that fight-or-flight mode. Part of adrenaline's function is to slow down digestion by reducing circulation to the digestive tract and sending it to other areas of the body where it may be needed. So when you're suddenly aroused by a thought, the blood from your belly may well be flooding to the places it goes when we're aroused. That rush of blood could definitely cause that sensation of butterflies.

Hope that answers your question :]

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Cool, thanks! I thought it might be something along those lines.

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