5 surprising facts about the female orgasm

A woman’s orgasm acts as an exceptional painkiller, and often gets more intense and frequent with age.


March 12, 2018

Elusive to some and exciting to many, the female orgasm is mysterious, pleasurable and often gets better with age.

The Big O can be both elusive and exciting when it does occur but let’s face it – the female orgasm has for the most part, remained a mystery to both men and women.

While some men fumble forever to take their partners to the pinnacle of pleasure, there are a surprisingly large number of women ready to save them the trouble by faking it with breathless aahs and feverish squeals of excitement.

According to a survey conducted last year by VictoriaMilan, a dating website for married and attached women wishing to cheat, a staggering 73% said they faked their orgasm.

But for those lucky enough to experience a full-bodied one, they can vouch for how truly rewarding an experience it actually is.

Below are five interesting facts about the female orgasm that many probably are not aware of.

1. Orgasms are nature’s own painkillers

A recent study by German researchers found that orgasms could be the cure for migraines. They reported that 48% of people suffering from regular headaches experienced a relief in pain when they had an orgasm. In addition, they found that orgasms actually worked much faster than painkillers.

Orgasms are also believed to alleviate all other kinds of pain such as that from arthritis, surgery and even childbirth.

Exactly how orgasms help in pain relief is not known but it is believed that hormones like endorphins and oxytocin that are released during an orgasm play a role in this.

Endorphins are a powerful pain blocker as it blocks the transmission of pain impulses to the brain and helps relieve headaches. Oxytocin meanwhile is a feel-good hormone released during orgasms to facilitate bonding. It results in feelings of relaxation and other positive emotional states.

Other studies also suggest that a woman’s pain threshold can increase up to 107% during an orgasm, making her more resistant to pain.

2. Orgasms can be triggered without sexual stimulation

Studies show that some women can experience an orgasm even while sitting in a train, working out at the gym or when getting a massage.

Experts say there is an explanation for why this occurs. Spontaneous orgasms triggered during certain activities can be the result of increased blood flow to the genitals as is known to happen during an exercise routine, for example. It could also occur if a woman’s clitoris is stimulated either by a vibration or direct contact during certain activities.

Some women have even reported to have orgasms during childbirth, as supported by a study by a French psychologist who reported that 0.3% of mothers experienced orgasms during labour.

3. Orgasms are more likely with G-Spot stimulation

The G-Spot, named after Ernst Gräfenberg, a German gynaecologist who “discovered” it, is believed to contain a large number of nerve endings and is key to helping women achieve longer and more intense orgasms.

Sex educators often encourage women to find their own G-spot if they wish to experience a more intense orgasm. However, finding the G-spot might need some time as the exact location varies for all women.

Experts say it’s located about one to two inches up on the inside front wall of a woman’s vagina and is characterised by a rougher texture. It is usually pea-sized but, when stimulated, can grow to the size of a walnut as it becomes engorged with blood.

4. Orgasms are unaffected by condom use

Wearing a condom has nothing to do with the quality of your orgasm. Debby Herbenick, PhD, a research scientist at Indiana University and author of “Because It Feels Good” says women can experience an orgasm with or without a condom.

“In fact, condoms may help couples spend more time having sex, as a man doesn’t have to ‘pull out’ quickly if he’s worried about ejaculating too soon,” she added.

However, if your partner is worried about reduced sensation, you may consider manual stimulation first before intercourse.

5. Orgasms get better with age

Unlike men who often deal with erectile dysfunction as they age, a woman’s sex life actually improves – specifically in terms of the quality and frequency of her orgasms.

Studies show that 61% of women aged 18 to 24 experienced an orgasm the last time they had sex, while 65% did in their 30s, and approximately 70% did in their 40s and 50s.

The reason why was not addressed in the study although there is the assumption that women are more confident in the bedroom when they are sexually experienced, and therefore enjoyed themselves more.

In addition, the trust and intimacy most women feel from a long-term relationship could have helped improved their sexual confidence as well.


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