Is Your Orgasm Normal?

by Catie Keck

No matter how much information we put out into the universe about the elusive female orgasm, there seems to be a constant cloud of confusion surrounding it. As such, BuzzFeed has broken it down for everyone in a new video aptly titled “How The Female Orgasm Works.” And regardless of your gender, there’s some super useful information packed into this two-minute primer on female anatomy. Here are three of the video’s little vagina factoids:

1. Women take longer to orgasm

On average, says the video, women take 10-20 minutes to orgasm during sexual intercourse, while their male partners only take 2-3 minutes (don’t shoot the messenger, fellas). In addition, most women need both vaginal and clitoral stimulation to reach “the big O.”

2. How it happens

An orgasm is a series of tension-releasing muscle contractions in vagina, anus, uterus and pelvic floor, notes BuzzFeed. Women experience more of these contractions on average (but we also have to work a lot harder to get there).

3. Orgasm during penetration

According to BuzzFeed, only one in three women has an orgasm during sexual intercourse. Now, repeat after me: Orgasms are not solely vaginal. Orgasms are not solely vaginal. Orgasms are not solely vaginal.

Watch the full video below to learn about all the neat ways you reach your happy place.

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