Why 4D Ultrasounds of Sex Have Solid Scientific Worth
Jing Deng, senior lecturer in medical physics at University College London, recently made history at Heart Hospital in London when he captured a 3D motion picture ultrasound of human genitalia during coitus. Of course, if you factor time into the equation, then this is the first 4D image of this process. Jing has a website with 4D footage of beating hearts and other more common processes, since these types of ultrasounds provide key information regarding organs or structures which will operated on.
Deng has written a scientific paper on his 4D observations and insights, and he hopes that future work will be able to aid in diagnosing and treating patients with vascular or structural abnormalities. For instance, much could be gleaned about Peyronie’s disease, which involves scar tissue on the side of the erectile chamber: often leading to both painful and crooked erections.
French researchers made similar progress back in 2007 when they examined images of a clitoris contracting a distinct pelvic floor muscle. It was thought that this contraction was triggered during penetration, with the clitoris being closer to the vagina’s front wall: “This could explain the particular sensitivity of the G-spot and its role in orgasm”
Additionally, it is known that having sex lowers blood pressure, enhances the immune system, and decreases the risk of a heart attack, which is another reason why this type of research is imperative. In the first attempt to record ultrasound images of two human beings having sex, the subjects were quite cramped inside the machine itself. Throw in the fact that scientists were watching from all angles all throughout the act of coitus, and it’s easy to imagine how the unique environment could skew results.
Nevertheless, there is still much that can be learned, and much that can be used to benefit humanity as a whole. Checkout Mary Roach’s book Bonk: The Curious Coupling Of Science and Sex to read the viewpoint of someone who was the subject of one of these experiments—and be sure to watch her YouTube video below.