The earliest accounts of female orgasm refer to it as a hysterical condition caused by the womb gripping the windpipe and causing panting. Even the word 'hysteria' comes from the Greek for 'womb', hysteros.
The Greek physician Galen believed that hysteria was caused by sexual deprivation which could be cured by massage to a state of "paroxysm": "Arising from the touch of the genital organs required by the treatment, there follows twitchings accompanied at the same time by pain and pleasure...from that time she is free of all the evil she felt," Galen wrote.
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