Ah, the orgasm. A thing people cross oceans for, risk it all for, go into battle for, bear excruciating family dinners for.
For something that moves us to do so much, historically most men have been better able to explain the mechanics of a space rocket than the female orgasm. Thanks to ours (and science’s) hard work, and in honour of National Orgasm Day (yes, it exists) the mystery behind a woman’s climax is about to be outlined in great, great detail. Here are the facts.
There Is No Such Thing As The G-Spot
It’s been the Holy Grail for years, but the G-Spot has been emphatically disproved. Many hours may have been dedicated to finding this little patch of heaven, but the truth is it doesn’t exist. The effect attributed to the G-Spot is in fact a mixture of the clitoris, the vagina and the uterus.Researchers from the Italian Centre of Sexology and the University of Florence found that it’s practically impossible for a woman to achieve orgasm through penetrative sex alone and the majority of women worldwide do not have orgasms during penetrative sex because, indeed, the G-Spot is a myth.
But There Is A C-Spot
That’s right, folks, it’s the C-Spot – or clitoris – that’s actually responsible for the female orgasm. Seventy percent of women require direct clitoral stimulation to these 8,000 nerve endings to achieve orgasm. In a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine study researcher Dr. Susan Oakley, an OBGYN at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, said, “There’s no G spot. There’s a C spot — the clitoris.”
Her Ability To Orgasm Depends On The Size & Location Of The Clitoris
It gets more complicated, though. The approximately 20% of women who CAN, in fact, orgasm from penetration (high five if that’s your girlfriend) likely either have a larger clitoris than most women or their clitoris is closer to the vagina opening. In a US study published earlier this year through the The National Center for Biotechnology Informationresearchers found that in some women, the clitoris is smaller, and located farther from the vagina, which is what leads some women to be able to orgasm easier than others.
It’s Going To Take A While
Most women require at least 20 minutes of sexual activity – foreplay – to climax, according to Brown University research. But once women are warmed up, they can reach orgasm in a little less than four minutes on average. What’s the difference between foreplay and being warmed up? Well let’s just say, unless you want to be down south for 20 minutes, use your hands or get comfortable making out for a while first…
70% Of Women Fake It
Seven out of ten women or almost 70% (and nearly a third of men, by the way) have faked an orgasm, according to a study by the University of Kansas. Heartwarming as it is, both sexes gave the same reasons for faking it – to avoid upsetting the person with whom they are having sex. Which is actually a nice gesture, if you think about it. Less uplifting commonly cited reasons were that they were bored after an orgasm seemed unlikely and basically gave up. Regardless, it’s probably about them not you, which is strangely reassuring.
Lesbian Women Orgasm More
A 2014 study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that lesbian women orgasm about 75% of the time during sex with a consistent partner. Notice how high that is? The researchers concluded that homosexual women are more comfortable – and clearly familiar – with their bodies (and thus their partners’).
10% Of Women Squirt
To most people, encountering a woman who can ejaculate is more the stuff of myth and legend than reality. But it may be easier to find than you thought. One in 10 women “ejaculate fluid from the urethra at orgasm” according to Brown University research. Of course, this may not mean full-on water fountain style activity; we’re assuming, like most things in life, ejaculation exists on a spectrum. We’ll leave it to you to find out.
Orgasms Relieve Pain
A woman’s pain threshold increases — by up to 107% — during orgasm according to WIRED‘s scientific analysis of the female orgasm. This is due to endorphins, oxytocin and prolactin being released. Good news for those looking to get a little Fifty Shades of Inspiration in the bedroom