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Female Orgasm: Everything You Need to Know

Orgasms are not just about pleasure. They can also be an important aspect of health as they trigger the release of the hormones, which help the body relax, reduce stress, and help fight depression. Find out everything you need to know about this important function of the body below!

Historically, researchers described clitoral and vaginal orgasms. Clitoral orgasms referred to orgasms achieved by clitoral stimulation, and vaginal orgasms by vaginal stimulation. Nowadays some researchers claim that these terms are incorrect, as the vagina itself is anatomically incapable of producing an orgasm. 

Some people describe the most pleasurable experiences as involving a combination of vaginal and clitoral stimulation. In addition, multiple orgasms describe when someone experiences several orgasms in a row within a short time.

The G-spot was discovered in 1950 by German gynecologist Ernst Gräfenberg, but its existence is still being debated. Some say that it is a distinct region of the vagina; others say that the G-spot is part of the clitoris. Still others think the controversy around the existence and location of the G-spot is beneficial only to the manufacturers of sex toys.

It’s believed that the G-spot is located on the front wall of the vagina, about 0.8–1.2 inches (2–3 centimeters) away from the entrance. It may feel like a rough button, and pressing on it may cause a sensation similar to having a full bladder. But after a while, this feeling will disappear.

In certain positions, G-spot stimulation can provide intense sensations. Nevertheless, G-spot stimulation isn’t necessarily needed to achieve orgasm.

Anorgasmy (or orgasmic disorder) is when someone can’t orgasm. If the person used to be able to have an orgasm but now finds it more difficult, it’s called secondary anorgasmia. If they’ve never had an orgasm, it’s called primary anorgasmia. The causes of anorgasmia are divided into two groups.

Psychological: 

  • Excessive control over emotions, inability to “disconnect”
  • Low self-esteem, fear of doing something wrong
  • Fear of getting pregnant
  • Negative first sexual experience
  • Psychological trauma
  • Stress

Physiological:

  • Hormonal disorders
  • Malfunctioning of the nervous and cardiovascular systems
  • Medications (especially antidepressants)

In general, the treatment for anorgasmia is determined by the cause of the problem. Sometimes, it’s recommended to try a new position or focus more on foreplay to climax. Anorgasmia may also be related to relationship issues, so it may be helpful for some to speak about the issue with their partner. Reading articles about anorgasmia might also help.

Medications sometimes come with side effects, and antidepressants are no exception. Taking antidepressants may cause weight gain, nausea, dizziness, and low libido. Why does this happen?

Antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, to be precise) work by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain, which can improve mood. At the same time, they may block the hormones responsible for arousal.

Low libido can come with a reduced production of natural lubrication, as well as delayed or blocked orgasm.

Everyone is affected differently by antidepressants’ sexual side effects, and their severity varies from person to person. Antidepressants often cause sexual issues, and experiencing low libido while taking them is very common. Talk with your health care provider to determine the proper course of action.

Stimulating the sex organs isn’t the only way to reach orgasm. Some women orgasm, for example, through stimulation of the nipples. Research has shown that the same brain area is aroused when this happens as when the genitals are stimulated. It’s also possible to experience an orgasm from stimulating other erogenous zones, from psychological arousal, or from performing physical exercise.

These less-common paths to orgasm are more of an exception rather than the rule. Only a small percentage of people have experienced them, and the experience depends on the emotional state and physiological characteristics of the person.

Multiple orgasms means having several orgasms in a short amount of time. Many people – but not everyone – can experience multiple orgasms. 

To experience multiple orgasms, it can help to be in a relaxed state of mind. It may be helpful to know that it’s possible for your body to have multiple orgasms. Listening to the body and exploring erogenous zones may also help.

Continuous arousal is one of the main conditions for achieving multiple orgasms. Stimulation needs to continue after the first orgasm to produce more.

After an orgasm, the vagina and penis often become sensitive, and further touch can become painful. In this case, stimulating other erogenous zones may produce multiple orgasms. To reach multiple orgasms, the sensitivity of the vagina is important. Kegel exercises may train the vaginal muscles to increase sensitivity.

According to studies, women will experience their most intense orgasms once they’re 35. It is believed that around this age, people have enough self-knowledge, confidence, and sexual experience to experience maximum pleasure during sex.

Some research has shown that 30-year-olds tend to have more frequent and vivid orgasms than younger people. Studies show that with age, the sexual life of women becomes less intense and more sensual.

Some people experience their strongest orgasms after menopause. This is usually associated with the desire to live for one’s self, without inhibition or fear of unexpected pregnancy.

Mayo Clinic Staff. “Anorgasmia in Women.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 28 Mar. 2020, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anorgasmia/basics/causes/con-20033544?p.

“What Can Cause Orgasm Problems in Women?” NHS Choices, NHS, 20 Nov. 2019, www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/causes-of-orgasm-problems-in-women.aspx?CategoryID=118&.

“Female Orgasmic Disorder.” SX21, The Institute for Sexual Medicine, 24 Feb. 2010, sexualmed.org/known-issues/female-orgasmic-disorder/.

Puppo, Vincenzo, and Giulia Puppo. “Anatomy of Sex: Revision of the New Anatomical Terms Used for the Clitoris and the Female Orgasm by Sexologists.” Wiley Online Library, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 6 Oct. 2014, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ca.22471.

Corliss, Julie. “When an SSRI Medication Impacts Your Sex Life.” Harvard Health, Harvard Health Publishing, 22 Oct. 2019, www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/when-an-ssri-medication-impacts-your-sex-life.

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