When it comes to orgasms, and there is more than one kind, many people are skeptical about the vaginal orgasm. This stems from both experts arguing over the inner workings of the female body as well as the fact that many, if not most women, have never had a vaginal orgasm. It’s sort of like female ejaculation: If it’s never happened to you, you may just assume it doesn’t exist.
The vaginal orgasm isn’t unlike the clitoral orgasm, but it’s not exactly like it either. While the clitoris needs to be stimulated to achieve a clitoral orgasm, the magnificent G-spot, needs to be stimulated to reach a vaginal orgasm. In both cases, something needs to be stimulated in order for climax to be achieved, but the way they feel, according to women who are fortunate enough to have experienced both, is completely different. The vaginal orgasm, by all accounts, is a deeper orgasmic feeling, whereas the clitoral orgasm is a bit more on the surface.
Because scientists and sexperts can’t really agree on the vaginal orgasm, trying to get straight answers about it is a little tricky. There’s only so much research that has been done, and even with the research, there’s still a lot of questions that remain. But based on what has been discovered, here are seven things science has to say about vaginal orgasms.
1. The Existence Of The Vaginal Orgasm Is Still Debatable
Although yours truly had
a vaginal orgasm recently — or so I thought — depending on the expert you
talk to, their existence is iffy. Even though 2012 research finally, after much
speculation, determined that the vaginal and clitoral orgasms are “separate phenomena,”
a French gynecologist claims that what’s
categorized as vaginal is actually clitoral, in that it stimulates the
inside of the clitoris as opposed to the small outer part.
2. Vaginal Orgasms Stimulate Their Own Region In The Brain
Adding to the confusion as to whether or not vaginal orgasms
are an entire entity unto themselves, are findings from Rutgers University that
show that when
a woman experiences a vaginal orgasm the sensory brain area that’s
activated is completely different than the one that’s activated during clitoral
stimulation. These results came to be after the study scanned the brains of
several women via an fMRI machine and found the responses to each orgasm
affecting totally different parts of the brain.
3. Penis Size May Affect Vaginal Orgasms
doesn’t need to have a large penis to be good in bed, research has found that length may be a necessary component to achieving vaginal orgasms. A September
2012 study published in The Journal of
Sexual Medicine found that women
who experience vaginal orgasms the most are those who have sex with men who
have longer penises. The thinking behind this is that a longer penis not only
stimulates the entire inside of the vagina, but also stimulates the cervix, which
could lead to a vaginal orgasm.
4. Women With Spinal Chord Injuries Report The Ability To Have Vaginal Orgasms
Research of women who have had some sort of spinal chord
injury, where the connection between the brain and clitoris has been severed,
have reported they’re still able to orgasm, but
that it’s from penetration. What this means is that despite the lack of proper nerve communication, vaginal orgasms can occur which, in many ways,
of the G-spot — another thing that some people doubt.
5. Psychologically Healthy Women Are More Likely to Experience Vaginal Orgasms
Various studies by psychologists at the University of West
Scotland have found that women
who are more psychologically healthy are more prone to vaginal orgasms. Although
the psychologist behind the study, Stuart Brody, is quick to point out that
while this appears to be the case, it’s not meant to make a psychological
judgment of those women who do not experience these elusive vaginal orgasms.
6. Vaginal Orgasms Increase Pain Threshold
are nature’s best painkiller. When a woman experiences an orgasm whatever
pain she might be experiencing suddenly subsides. This isn't just because of hormones
like oxytocin and dopamine that are released, but because her threshold, in
general, increases. Research has found that when pleasure is
derived from G-spot stimulation, aka a vaginal orgasm, a woman’s tolerance
for pain jumps up to an astounding 107 percent.
7. The Vaginal Orgasm Is Fairly Obscure
With its existence still being debated, penis size possibly attributing to them, and general confusion over the G-spot, the vaginal orgasm remains the orgasm, at least compared to the clitoral orgasm, that’s hard to come by. Research has found that 70 to 80 percent of women need clitoral stimulation to climax, which means only 20 to 30 percent are able to vaginally orgasm.
In other words, if it hasn’t happened to you,
you’re not alone — and you’re definitely in good company.
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