Sex Info. About Female Orgasm

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Female Orgasm

A brief explanation of what happens during orgasm.

Orgasm is the climax of sexual excitement, an explosive discharge of neuro-muscular tension at the height of sexual arousal. The experience of orgasm is one of extreme sexual pleasure and release in the genital region. Women experience intense pleasurable rhythmical contractions, many different sensations are experienced with orgasm, it goes from a mere flutter of sensation right through to an orgasm that lasts for a minute, or three minutes that is really intense with huge waves of contractions. Orgasm is usually inevitable for guys, it’s not necessarily the case for women, however.

Contemporary women are much more focused on their own sexual pleasure and many women want to experience orgasm and believe they have the right to sexual pleasure and to orgasm. Women are much more likely to describe orgasm as a whole body experience and also to emphasize the desire for a connection and intimacy with their partner and more men tend to describe orgasm as a more physical experience. Orgasm is great for your health and it’s a fantastic all over body workout.

History of sexual research into female orgasms.

People have been having pleasurable sexual activity for thousands of years but Alfred Kinsey  shocked the middle-class English speaking world with the Kinsey Report which was published in 1948. He had done a lot of research, extensive sexual research, and stated that over 80% of women masturbated and that women actually had orgasms, the majority of women had orgasms from direct clitoral stimulation, this went against previous popular belief that women got the majority of sexual pleasure from intercourse.

Masters and Johnson did extensive research in the 1950’s and confirmed that women could have multiple orgasms and then the Hite Report on female sexuality came out in 1974.
Feminist Shere Hite found that around 29% of women orgasm through intercourse and that 85-95% of women required direct clitoral stimulation. This took the pressure off women to feel they must orgasm through just intercourse.
This was the start of western women looking at sex in a different way and that sex is not just about penetration in the good old missionary position.

However we still find that people, even today, tend to really focus on that basic model of sex and that the majority of women still actually believe that they should be able to orgasm just through intercourse and not through any clitoral stimulation.

The Physiology of Orgasm

When a woman becomes aroused her blood pressure rises about a third, her heart rate more than doubles, often up to 180 beats per minute at the point of orgasm, which is a really good cardiovascular workout. Her breathing pattern changes and she experiences desire and the whole arousal phase for women is much longer than it is for men.

Men tend to get aroused really quickly, within a few minutes, and have a really longer plateau phase before they actually orgasm whereas women often take about 15-30 minutes to actually reach that plateau phase and then orgasm quite soon after that. So it’s kind of, if you’re in a heterosexual relationship, you have two quite different approaches  to orgasm and mutual  satisfaction comes from appreciating and working together to have a really pleasurable sharing experience.

The danger that we often have, and particularly now that people are really aware that women often orgasm through clitoral stimulation, everyone’s quite focused on “you have to orgasm” or “you have to orgasm this way” and actually everybody’s sexuality is really fluid and changing, and everyone has a really unique sexual experience.
When you’re with a sexual partner, the challenge is to let go of expectations, so that there’s no kind of “right way” to have sex or orgasm.

 When women are aroused, the clitoris, the inner and outer labia and the wall of the perineum and the urethral sponge (the G-Spot) and all of the genital erectile tissue swell and become engorged with blood.

For guys you’re looking at the erect penis and it is a really clear area that becomes swollen and erect, that actually happens for women in a whole different range of areas of different genital erectile tissue. The nerve cells in the genitals become really excited and activated. The breasts also swell, the skin becomes hyper-sensitive and the genitals also flush and deepen in colour. As arousal heightens, all of the muscles and the ligaments begin to contract which creates pleasurable sensation, and interestingly enough, the suspensory ligament shortens which pulls the glans of the clitoris beneath the hood and towards the pubic bone.

So all of this is happening, your blood pressure and your heart rate are increasing, your body is becoming awash with sexual chemicals and hormones and at the peak the muscular tension explodes in a series of rhythmical contractions, the walls of the vagina and the pelvic floor contract strongly causing intense pleasure.

But of course every woman has a really unique experience of orgasm. Some women’s orgasms will last for three seconds and for other women it will last for three minutes. Some women will need all different sorts of stimulation in order to have that kind of experience, and some women wont experience that clearly defined orgasm at all and that still means they’re totally fabulous sexual beings and able to have incredible sexual pleasure.

An interesting thing that happens in a procreative way is that the cervix actually dips into the vagina so that if there is sperm there it actually dips in and the contraction aids the sperms passage into the uterus.

Clitoris 101

The clitoris has more nerve endings than any other part of the body and that is 8000, so that is a huge concentration of nerve endings in a small area. That is twice as many as the penis. The other great thing about the clitoris is that it has no other function other than just sexual pleasure, so it’s the only organ that is just designed for sexual pleasure. Internally the clitoris actually goes back into the body, the shaft goes back into the body and then divides into two legs which are called the crura, they go down either side of the labia, so the clitoris isn’t just this small area, it’s actually a much larger area, so that kind of, thinking about that concept widens the way that you can stimulate the clitoris and the clitoris contains erectile tissue so it does become, the blood vessels become dilated, and it does become swollen.


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