Build up to it slowly: a new study appears to have found the secret to achieving peak orgasm.

In the study, researchers used 38 men and 38 women without any sexual dysfunction to assess their orgasms and found differences in arousal before orgasm and recovery after climax. Participants were asked to masturbate until they reached orgasm, with their genital temperatures recorded before arousal, at the brink of orgasm, immediately after orgasm and after a recovery period of 15 minutes. Genital temperatures reflect greater blood flow to the region and signify sexual arousal. Both men and women experienced an increase in their genital temperatures as their arousal increased to climax, with the most satisfying peaks reported after greater build-up of excitement and desire.

Study authors conclude that sexual desire decreased faster in men post-orgasm than in women and that both sexes can achieve their most satisfying climaxes when desire is built up slowly and orgasm is close but delayed multiple times before finishing.