hysterical paroxysm

hysterical paroxysm

An obsolete 19th-century term for a female orgasm, when such was regarded as abnormal.
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There's a reference in a 17th century book by Nathaniel Hymore which basically says 'well folks this hysterical paroxysm is an orgasm, you can call it whatever you like but nevertheless it's our job to do this because the woman will get sick and feel terrible if we don't.