Orgasms and Orientation

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Add this one to the list of interesting sexual facts: a new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine says that lesbians are more likely to have orgasms during sex than women who are bisexual or heterosexual. The study was open to men and women of all sexual orientations and information was collected from 6,151 people between the ages of 21 and 65. The study then had a subgroup of people who identify as single. They asked the participants to identify their gender, orientation and percentage of time they orgasm with a familiar partner on a scale of 0 to 100. Here’s what they found out.

Unsurprisingly, when they analyzed the mens results the amount of orgasms did not vary widely depending on the man’s sexual orientation. Gay, straight and bisexual all generally have an orgasm rate between 77 and 85% when they have sex. However, for women the numbers had a huge difference based on their sexual orientation!

For bisexual women, the orgasm rate is 58%, for heterosexual women it’s 61.6% and for lesbians….drumroll please…the rate of orgasm is 74.7%! That is pretty impressive. The funny thing is that researchers are still trying to figure out why the rate of orgasm is so much higher in lesbians than women of other sexual orientations. Some of the researchers think it could have to do with factors like this: “as self-identified lesbian women are more comfortable and familiar with the female body and thus, on average, are better able to induce orgasm in their female partners.”

I am personally very lucky to have a partner who knows my body and knows how to please me. For other women, that is not always the case. But I think this study shows one thing for sure: everyone enjoys orgasms and we all deserve to have the best sex possible. So start exploring your body to figure out what works for you and hopefully your can show your next partner exactly what to do to reach orgasmic bliss.

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