Orgasm: fact and fiction.

Since I started working at the Center I have grown increasingly interested in the female orgasm. Why are women and men obsessed with having an orgasm during intercourse when research has proven that only 33 percent of women can? What determines who can and who can’t? It turns out that genes play a big role in orgasm patterns overall.

In a study by Dunn, Cherkas and Spector it was determined that the ability to orgasm is 30 percent determined by your genes. The rest may be due to other factors, physiological, environment, psychological, situational, hormonal and other things as well.

The really fascinating part for me is why there is such mythology about women achieving an orgasm during intercourse. Does it seem more romantic? Does it seem more natural? Does it seem hotter? Do people think if they could they could orgasm simultaneously with their partners, the intercourse would be better? Simultaneous orgasms rarely happen with partners who can orgasm from intercourse. And oddly, there is no word in the English language for this experience. So that might communicate just how rare it is.

There are many ways in which women blame themselves for their sexual problems, and demean themselves based on this unreasonable goal of achieving orgasm during intercourse. MY goal is to present the facts and explore why this myth might exist. If you have any thoughts on why this is so widespread, let me know.

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