15 Sep Let’s have an Orgasm
– First of all….what is an Orgasm?
An orgasm in the human female is a variable, transient peak sensation of intense pleasure, creating an altered state of consciousness, usually with an initiation accompanied by involuntary, rhythmic contractions of the pelvic striated circumvaginal musculature, often with concomitant uterine and anal contractions, and myotonia that resolves the sexually induced vasocongestion and myotonia, generally with an induction of well-being and contentment.
Only a third of women experience orgasm regularly during intercourse, while another third need extra stimulation to reach orgasm with intercourse. It is normal to have orgasms by means other than intercourse, like foreplay, specifically oral sex.
Women’s orgasms can be induced by erotic stimulation of a variety of genital and nongenital sites. As of yet, no definitive explanations for what triggers orgasm have emerged.
Studies of brain imaging indicate increased activation at orgasm, compared to pre-orgasm, in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus, periaqueductal gray of the midbrain, hippocampus, and the cerebellum.
Psychosocial factors commonly discussed in relation to female orgasmic ability include age, education, social class, religion, personality, and relationship issues.
– Clitoral and Vaginal Orgasms
Women experience orgasms in many varied patterns, a complexity that is often ignored by current methods of assessing orgasm source.
Most women reported that clitoral and vaginal stimulation is important in orgasm. The reported source of orgasm was unrelated to orgasm intensity, overall sex-life satisfaction, sexual distress, depression, or anxiety. Women who reported primarily stimulating their clitoris to reach orgasm reported higher trait sexual drive and higher sexual arousal to visual sexual stimulation and were better able to increase their sexual arousal to visual sexual stimulation when instructed than women who reported orgasms primarily from vaginal sources.
Most women (64%) reported that clitoral and vaginal stimulation contributed to their usual method of reaching orgasm. [source]
– Duration of Orgasms
A study confirms relatively frequent occurrence of long orgasm in women.
About 40% of women estimated the duration of their orgasm to be 30 to 60 seconds or even longer, mostly in agreement with independent estimates of their husbands.
In a sample of 100 female health professionals and counselors, 48% experienced predominantly long orgasm and 44% short ones (8% did not answer). [source]
– Multiple Orgasms
Multiple orgasms occur when a woman has more than one orgasm during a sexual experience with either her partner, or while she’s self-stimulating. They don’t always occur in succession, but with continued stimulation and arousal, they can have a second and a third go with little effort.
Meanwhile, studies show women need a mere one or two minutes, on average, to reach their second climax, also known as a multiple orgasm, according to Catherine Blacklege, author of The Story of V: A Natural History of Female Sexuality . The most female orgasms observed was an impressive 134 in just 60 minutes
An orgasm in its most basic form, regardless of gender, is the rapid, involuntary contraction of the pubococcygeus (PC) muscle in the lower pelvis, accompanied by contractions in the penis, vagina or uterus.So multiple orgasms are simply one series of muscular contractions, followed by a return to the plateau phase, then back up to another series of muscular contractions, and so on.
This is often accompanied by feelings of euphoria, involuntary cries for the deity of your choice, the sensation of one’s head exploding, etc.
Previous research shows that only 15 percent of women have actually succeeded in having double orgasms. However, there’s not a lot of data on multiple orgasms, which makes it difficult to study. Research published in Archives of Sexual Behavior found that out of 800 women, 26 percent achieved multiple orgasms through self-stimulation, and 25 percent via intercourse.
In an another study, the numbers are higher and it seems that capacity for multiorgasmic experience in women is higher than was generally acknowledged previously.
– Actual and desired duration of foreplay and intercourse
Ideal length of foreplay did not differ for men and women.
However, men reported a significantly longer ideal duration of intercourse than did their partners. The ideal duration of foreplay and intercourse were significantly longer than the actual duration for both genders.
The women, but not the men, significantly underestimated their partners’ desired duration of foreplay and intercourse.
Further, both genders exhibited faulty stereotypes concerning men’s but not women’s ideal scripts.
Men were seen as desiring a significantly shorter duration of foreplay and intercourse than the ideal reported by the men in the study.
Both men’s and women’s perceptions of their partners’ ideal duration of foreplay and intercourse were found to be more strongly related to their own sexual stereotypes than to their partners’ self‐reported sexual desires, suggesting that people rely on sexual stereotypes when estimating their partners’ ideal sexual scripts. [source]
– Orgasmic Difficulty and Anorgasmia:
The importance of assessing multiple parameters when investigating orgasmic problems in women, including arousal issues, levels of distress, and latency to orgasm. Results also clarify that women with arousal problems do not differ substantially from those without arousal problems; in contrast, women distressed by their condition differ from non-distressed women along some critical dimensions. Although orgasmic problems decreased with age, the overall relation of this variable to distress, arousal, and latency to orgasm was essentially unchanged across age groups.
Findings from surveys and clinical reports suggest that orgasm problems are the second most frequently reported sexual problems in women.
The presence of failure thoughts and lack of erotic thoughts during sexual activity significantly and negatively predicted female orgasm, whereas positive affect experienced during sexual activity significantly and positively predicted female orgasm. Moreover, negative automatic thoughts and positive affect during sexual activity were found to mediate the relation between sexual activity and female orgasm occurrence. [source]
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anorgasmia focuses on promoting changes in attitudes and sexually relevant thoughts, decreasing anxiety, and increasing orgasmic ability and satisfaction.
To date there are no pharmacological agents proven to be beneficial beyond placebo in enhancing orgasmic function in women. In 1,749 randomly-sampled U.S. women, 24% reported an orgasmic dysfunction.