While the female orgasm may be difficult to whittle down to an exact science, a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior has some interesting new insights. In particular, women who have had a same-sex experience, focus on foreplay, communicate openly with their partner, and switch things up in the bedroom have more frequent orgasms.
Outside the bedroom, women who were happier and more satisfied in their relationships also orgasmed with more regularity than those who were dissatisfied did. To arrive at this conclusion, the authors analyzed the orgasm frequencies of over 50,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual men and women in the United States. In the end, 95% of heterosexual men orgasmed when sexually intimate compared to 86% of lesbian women and just 65% of heterosexual women.
Why the chasm between heterosexual and homosexual women? Glamour theorizes that this is because "women who have sex with women place a lower importance on [penetrative] sex (duh), which most women don't orgasm from, and value equality more," they write. "Basically, their orgasms aren't deemed optional, and neither are their partners'." To make orgasms a more regular part of any sexual experience, the authors recommend openly communicating sexual desires, trying new positions, and acting out sexual fantasies.
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