This Is What We’ve All Been Getting Wrong About Women’s Orgasms


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A new study busts an old myth

You may have heard that vaginal orgasms are “more intense” than clitoral ones.

The idea dates all the way back to Freud, says sex researcher Nicole Prause, Ph.D.
But a new study, authored by Prause, puts that myth to rest.

Researchers surveyed 88 women about what type of stimulation usually caused their orgasms—vagina, clitoris, etc.,—and how intense those orgasms were.

The researchers didn’t find a link between the source of orgasm and how good it felt, on average.
And in fact, it doesn’t really make sense to distinguish between “clitoral” and “vaginal” orgasms at all, says Prause.

“We’ve been asking women the wrong question for a very long time,” she says.

When scientists ask a woman about what causes her orgasm, she’s usually forced to choose between just vaginal or just clitoral stimulation, when, in fact, most women often need multiple types of stimulation to climax, says Prause.
Plus, it’s nearly impossible to penetrate a woman’s vagina without also stimulating her clitoris, says Prause.
In this study, Prause and her coauthors allowed women to answer “both” to the orgasm source question, and 64 percent of them chose that option. That means that two thirds of the women usually climaxed from clitoral and vaginal stimulation combined—not one or the other.
So don’t worry about giving her one particular type of orgasm.

Instead, just check in with her about what she wants you to do to her.

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