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Intercourse the Most Frequent Orgasm Trigger for Women, Study Finds

What do American women have to say about their orgasm experiences? What do American women have to say about their orgasm experiences? Researchers asked and reported the answers in a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

They surveyed 303 women between the ages of 18 and 75, asking 100 questions on their sexual function, sexual behaviors, and relationships with their partners.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Two hundred thirty women said they had had a steady male partner during the previous six months. Of these, 41% met the criteria for a sexual dysfunction diagnosis. But having sexual problems didn’t necessarily reflect poorly on their sex life. Only 21% said they were dissatisfied.
  • In the entire group, 79% said they liked sex.
  • The women had intercourse an average of 8 times each month, but said people should have sex an average of 12 times a month.
  • About 36% said they’d prefer having intercourse more often. Seven percent wanted it less frequently.
  • Almost three-quarters of the sexually active women reached orgasm at least sometimes. About 14% said they never did, and 16% said orgasm was rare.

What were the most effective orgasm triggers? For 62% of the women, the answer was intercourse. Almost half preferred stimulation with her partner’s hand; the same percentage preferred oral stimulation. Masturbation (37%), vibrators (29%), and anal intercourse (7%) rounded out the list.

How long did it take to reach orgasm? Answers depended on the type of stimulation. The average time during external stimulation was about 10 minutes; intercourse took an average of 15 minutes.

Resources

The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Shaeer, Osama, MD, et al.
“Female Orgasm and Overall Sexual Function and Habits: A Descriptive Study of a Cohort of U.S. Women”
(March 19, 2020)
https://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(20)30068-0/fulltext#