You read that right, we have a National Holiday just for orgasms.
So what better excuse to get to know the female orgasm!
75% of women do not orgasm from intercourse alone
In her book “The Case of the Female Orgasm”, Professor Elisabeth Lloyd analysed 33 studies of the female orgasm, spanning over 80 years of research, to reveal that only a quarter of women regularly and reliably experience orgasm from intercourse alone. This reinforces what so many women already know – that the clitoris is key! Which brings us to our next point…
Approximately one-third of women need clitoral stimulation to orgasm
To be honest, this number feels smaller considering our next fact (see below!), but according to the big orgasm study conducted by sex researcher, educator and advice columnist, Dr. Debby Herbenick, 36.6% of women say clitoral stimulation is “necessary” to reach orgasm during sexual intercourse. Dr. Herbenick went one step further in her study and asked the women about the type of clitoral stimulation that they preferred. Two-thirds of women said they preferred direct stimulation and cited ‘up and down’ with medium pressure as their preferred style of touch.
8,000 - The number of nerve endings in the clitoris
Okay, so no one’s actually counted, but doctors estimate that there are between 6,000 and 8,000 nerve endings in the clitoris, a greater concentration of touch-sensitive nerves than any other part of the body. It’s no wonder that sex educator and researcher Emily Nagoski calls the clitoris the “Grand Central Station of erotic sensation” in her book Come As You Are.
Reaching orgasm gets easier with age
It turns out that as you get older, the quality and frequency of orgasms can improve. Dr. Debby Herbenick told US Magazine Woman’s Day that 61% of women ages 18 to 24 experienced orgasm the last time they had sex, but that number increases to 65% of women in their 30’s and 70% of women in their 40’s and 50’s! While we don’t know exactly why orgasms become easier with age, Dr. Herbenick suggests it could be sexual experience or confidence, or possibly having more trust and intimacy in a relationship. Whatever the reason, this fact certainly gives us something to celebrate with each birthday!
Orgasms are an investment in your health
Besides its obvious pleasure perks, orgasms have numerous health benefits. Studies show that orgasms can relieve muscular tension and pain (including headaches and menstrual cramps!), alleviate stress, and help you enjoy a deeper sleep – possibly due to a surge in the feel-good hormone Oxytocin.
So what are you waiting for?
Now you know more about the elusive female orgasm, you can start your National Orgasm Day celebrations now!