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Here’s why women experience lesser orgasms than men, according to science

Published on:4 December 2020, 15:46pm IST
Men always climax, but women don’t always experience an orgasm. Here’s what research has to say about why it happens.
Shreya Gupta
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For many, having an orgasm is a magical experience full of explosive sparks which feel better than butterflies in the stomach. There are, however, many who don’t experience orgasms as frequently, or ever at all! In fact, women experience a very different frequency and impact when it comes to orgasms as compared to men.

So, why is the big-O so different for women?

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Well, there are many reasons for it. Some of the common factors include reduced sexual desire, pain, or psychological factors. There have been multiple studies that note the various different reasons behind the lower frequency of female orgasm.

A study attempts at providing us with answers

Stress and anxiety are the most common culprits behind infrequent orgasms. A study published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy reported that 58 per cent of the women fail to reach climax because of stress, anxiety, or a combination of the two.

The same study also found that 48 per cent of the women experience fewer orgasm because of a lack of arousal or stimulation. Other moderate factors such as negative body image were also responsible for 28 per cent of the women who were a part of this study. In addition, pain and lack of lubrication were responsible for 25 and 24 per cent women not reaching climax, respectively. 

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There may be some link between these factors

The study emphasised that some of the factors mentioned above are interlinked. For example, you tend not to get aroused when you’re extremely stressed out. In fact, stress and anxiety have been previously linked to a lack of arousal. Moreover, women with body image issues also tend to suffer more from stress and anxiety. 

Also, read: We got gynaecologists to answer the most Googled questions about orgasms

Another study made an astonishing revelation 

A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine pointed out something interesting associated with sexual orientation. Only 62 per cent of the heterosexual women reach orgasm, but the percentage of lesbian women reaching orgasm is almost 75!

There’s no single answer to why women experience fewer orgasm, but the above-mentioned factors come together to answer the why.

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.