A recent study has found that straight women have fewer orgasms than men or lesbian or bisexual women. The result is unsurprising to many.
Archives of Sexual Behavior published the report which surveyed more than 52,000 people in the U.S. Its aim was to learn more about the “orgasm gap” between different genders and sexual orientations.
The “orgasm gap”:
The results have shown the fluctuation in the percentage of people who said they usually or always experienced orgasm during sexual intimacy. 95% of heterosexual men said they do, which is a stark contrast to only 65% of heterosexual women.
The numbers for other groups are as follows: 89% of gay men, 88% of bisexual men, 86% of lesbian women, and 66% of bisexual women.
Previous studies have established that straight men are much more likely to achieve orgasm than straight women, however, data wasn’t available for those of different sexual orientations.
Lead researcher David Frederick, PhD, said that they had a very large sample of gay, lesbian, and bisexual men and women who were recruited in the same way as the heterosexual participants, which, according to Frederick, is very rare.
Frederick, who is an assistant professor in Health Psychology at Chapman University continued by saying: “This allowed us to look at whether there are multiple orgasm gaps — the gap between men and heterosexual women, but also lesbian women being less likely to orgasm than men but more likely to orgasm than heterosexual women.”
One of the study’s goals is to focus on what lesbian women might be doing differently than heterosexual couples to see if that might help identify ways to close the orgasm gap.
For a higher chance of orgasms:
The study has found that one behavior has led to a higher chance of an orgasm across the board; receiving oral sex. This applies to heterosexual women, lesbians, bisexual women and gay and bisexual men, only for heterosexual men there was no link detected between oral sex and frequency of orgasm.
The findings were unsurprising. However, what was surprising is the low number of times men and women routinely have oral sex. Fewer than half of people incorporate oral sex into their sex lives, and only 25% of women who rarely orgasm usually-always receive oral sex.
The results showed that the best predictors of women’s likelihood of orgasm were more oral sex, deep kissing, genital stimulation, and sex that lasts longer. Affirming previous research that women have difficulty achieving orgasm from intercourse alone.
The study also stated that the following behaviors lead to a greater number of orgasms: asking for what they want in bed, praising their partner for something they did in bed, wearing sexy lingerie, incorporating more variety into their sex life, including date nights, massages, and light S&M, engaging in “sexy talk” or expressions of love during sex.
Societal and evolutionary reasons:
According to researchers, there are several societal and evolutionary reasons behind the existence of the orgasm gap. Like for example, stigma against women expressing sexual desire, along with the pressure on men to take an active role during sex, leads to preventing communication and limiting the couple’s behaviors that would lead to the female orgasm.
Male and female orgasms serve different purposes, according to Evolutionary theories. The male orgasm ensures reproduction, while the female orgasm facilitates bonding with a long-term romantic partner.
The report concludes with hope that the findings will lead to reducing the orgasm gap, mainly by addressing sociocultural factors and by encouraging a wider variety of activities when men and women are sexually intimate.