What's The Difference Between Clitoral And Vaginal Orgasms? I Asked 8 Women How Both Feel


There's a lot of debate over whether the vaginal orgasm is a real thing. But if you ask people with vaginas, it turns out many really can orgasm through stimulation of the vagina, even if that's because the clit extends into it. But are clitoral and vaginal orgasms different? And if so, what does each feel like?

I asked eight cisgender women how the two kinds of orgasms felt different to them, and I was surprised to find pretty much no consistency among their descriptions. Some said the vaginal orgasm was more intense; some said the clitoral one was. Some said they felt different; some said they felt the same. This just reaffirms that everybody experiences orgasms differently, and no way is better or worse than any other.

That also means you're not necessarily missing out on anything if you don't experience both vaginal and clitoral orgasms. Only about 25 percent of women orgasm consistently just from intercourse. And that's OK. In fact, it's OK if you don't orgasm at all. There are a lot of ways to enjoy sex.

But in case you're curious, here are some women's accounts of what clitoral and vaginal orgasms feel like.

1. Anonymous, 33

2. Clee, 34

3. Jacqui, 38

4. Lizzie, 30

5. Lauren, 32

6. Cynthia, 72

7. Gwen, 29

8. Diana, 32

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