Her body, her pleasure
An orgasm, also called a climax, is defined by most references as the peak of sexual excitement accompanied by a surge of hormones and involuntary muscular contractions throughout the body. One would think the orgasm is easy to achieve, but the female orgasm is very elusive.
Studies done by Women’s Health magazine suggest that only a quarter of women can regularly climax with a partner, with the rest of the women studied only climaxing some of the time or never.
In comparison, 90 percent of men peak 100 percent of the time.
But all is not lost, as new research dawns on the female orgasm quite often.
The sexual hormones estrogen and testosterone were only identified around the 1930s.
While prominent scholar of sex, Alfred Kinsey, was widely applauded for his studies concerning male sexuality in 1948, he was roundly scorned for daring to touch upon the female sexuality in 1953.
Female sexuality is generally more complicated.
From a biological standpoint, the female orgasm is shrouded in debate.
It is possible to reproduce without the female climaxing, the presence of the orgasm has baffled scientists for years.
In the past, sexuality was thought of as something originating entirely from the ovaries.
Yet a New England Journal of Medicine report on testosterone patches showed that women could easily maintain a healthy sex life even after ovarian removal suggesting that it was all in the mind.
According to a widely used textbook by Elaine N Marieb "Human Anatomy," the clitoris is just a bundle of nerve endings found at the top of the vagina.
There is also much debate over the G-spot which is an area within the vagina that can be stimulated by sexual intercourse and bring a woman to orgasm.
Half the medical studies done suggest the G-spot does not exist, and of the ones that says it does, no one can completely agree on just where it is.
Britain’s Kings College has done a comprehensive study suggesting that the G-spot is largely made up and just a figament of female imagination.
While ABC News has reported on many women claiming to have found their G-spot.
Evidence seems to simply suggest that some women are more sensitive than others.
The biggest surprise comes from the nervous system’s involvement in a woman’s orgasm.
In contrast to the common myth that a woman’s pleasure is derived from emotional contentment, her pleasure is actually much more physical than his, and requires her to actively stop thinking.
While popular media will always boast special spots and tricks, the reality is every woman’s body is different and needs different things to feel good.
Exploring with partners to find out what feels good, as well as verbally communicating what works and what does not, will lead to better sex lives.