Legs shaking after sex? This is why

Are your legs shaking after sex? Here’s why that happens...

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Have you ever felt your legs shaking after sex? The answer is probably yes. Many women will have, as the experience is pretty common and it's all to do with what happens when you orgasm

The way your body responds to an orgasm varies from person to person and the same goes for the way in which you reach one. There are multiple ways to reach climax during sexual activity, whether you're pleasuring yourself with one of the best app-controlled vibrators (and maybe trying the edging technique?) or being stimulated by a partner. But where does the leg-shaking element come into it?

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Why are your legs shaking after sex?

Your legs might shake when you orgasm because the tension built up while you're having sex is finally released. It’s part of the “come down” experience after feeling something so euphoric. 

The orgasm works in wonderful ways, hence why we can't get enough of it. Your legs shaking is generally nothing to be worried about and is simply yet another form of release for your body after sex. 

When the body experiences an orgasm, we often have a physical reaction to the pleasure. This includes that flustering build-up, the toe-curling contractions, and that tingling feeling of peak relaxation. “As arousal increases, heart rate, blood pressure and breathing increase and skin becomes rosier,” explains Dr. Laura Vowel, principal researcher, and therapist at sex therapy app Blueheart (opens in new tab)

“When orgasm happens, the muscles in the vagina (and sometimes elsewhere in the body) often twitch or spasm and the brain releases a surge of dopamine (feeling of pleasure) and oxytocin (the bonding/cuddle hormone).” 

This is exactly why your legs may shake after an orgasm—as your body is feeling so many things at once, which results in a lot of tension being built up in your muscles, particularly your legs. So once all the action is over and you relax again, your legs tend to shake. 

“An intense pleasurable release of sexual tension is accompanied by contractions of the uterus, vagina, and pelvic floor muscles. Muscles throughout the rest of the body may contract as well,” says sex blogger Tatyannah King. “Some people may ejaculate when having a vaginal orgasm. When this happens, a clear fluid spurts from glands close to the urethra during intense sexual excitement or during orgasm.”

Sagal Mohammed
Sagal Mohammed

Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty.  She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few.