A Collection of the Most Recent Orgasm Research

Science is important. Sex is important. We gathered the most recent compilation of research on the compelling and magical topic of… orgasms.

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Orgasm Equality: Scientific Findings and Societal Implications

Current Sexual Health Reports, January 2020

Findings

  • Less than 20% of females can orgasm from vaginal penetration alone
  • Factors that contribute to the orgasm gap include sociocultural norms perpetuated through language and media, women’s lack of entitlement to sexual pleasure and the conflation of penetration-based orgasms in the masculinity guise
  • The orgasm gap is a consequence of our social construction of sexuality, which means we have the power to deconstruct it

Motivations for Faking Orgasm and Orgasm Consistency Among Young Adult Women

Personality and Individual Differences, June 2019

Findings

  • Orgasm consistency is linked to psychological and relationship satisfaction
  • The self-perception theory suggests that women may fake orgasms to drive their own internal state of pleasure, increasing the likelihood of actually orgasming
  • Approximately 25% of women always orgasm during intercourse, 30% report they never do, and 32% do through oral sex.
  • Between 50-58% of women reported having faked an orgasm before due to any of the following reasons: concern of partner’s feelings, avoiding negative emotions, attempt to increase own satisfaction, wanted to end sex, avoiding feelings of insecurity or coping with concerns of being abnormal

The Significance of the Female Orgasm: A Nationally Representative, Dyadic Study of Newlyweds’ Orgasm Experience

Journal of Medicine, June 2018

Findings

  • 87% of husbands and 49% of wives reported consistently experiencing orgasm
  • 43% of husbands misperceived how often their wives experienced orgasm
  • Wives’ sexual satisfaction was positively associated with self-reported orgasm frequency whereas husbands’ sexual satisfaction was positively associated with the frequency of wives’ orgasm
  • Husbands’ and wives’ relationship satisfaction was positively associated with sexual communication
  • When counseling couples, clinicians should give particular attention to the wives’ orgasm to potentially help both husbands and wives have higher sexual satisfaction

Women’s orgasm obstacles: A qualitative study

International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine, August 2017

Findings

  • The most common physical obstacles include wife or husband’s boredom, vaginal infection and insufficient vaginal lubrication
  • The most common psychological obstacles include lack of sexual knowledge, shame and lack of concentration on sex due to household and children problems
  • The most common relational obstacles include husband’s hurry, having a dispute and annoyance with spouse
  • The most common contextual obstacles include irregular sleep hours, lack of privacy and inability to separate children’s bedroom from their parents and lack of peace at home

FEMALE ORGASM DISORDER. ANORGASMIA

International Journal of Advanced Studies in Sexology, June 2020

Findings

  • Primary anorgasmia characterizes a woman who has never had and has never experienced orgasm
  • Secondary anorgasmia characterizes a woman who manifests an inner state of inhibition, repulsion and anguish towards their body and even towards closeness with their partner
  • Some causes of anorgasmia may include ethnic religious nature, shame surrounding the idea of sex, sexual trauma, pelvic trauma and antidepressants

Case of post‐orgasmic illness syndrome associated with hypogonadism

July 2020

Findings

  • Post-orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS) is a rare condition that occurs after ejaculation and persists 2-7 days and is characterized by flu-like symptoms
  • POIS develops 30 minutes after ejaculation
  • This syndrome can be a psychological burden that leads to decreased ejaculation frequency and avoidance of sexual activities and romantic relationships

Written by: Donna Turner

Donna Turner
Donna is a Volonté contributor and freelancer who lives in San Francisco with her understanding husband and not-so-understanding teenage sons. Her work frequently appears in the Journal of Sexology and Women’s Health Mag. She hosts intimacy seminars and is currently writing a book on love languages.

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