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The Different Types Of Orgasms

Updated: Sep 7

It’s no secret that female orgasms are already hard enough to achieve and now here we are telling you about the different types. If you manage to get an orgasm from time to time count yourself lucky! A recent study in 2017 showed that closer to 95% of heterosexual (a person who is sexually or romantically attracted to people of the opposite sex) men and 65% of women experience orgasms. The 25-30% difference between men and women is what is called the orgasm gap. As it is, the female orgasm continues to be the subject of intense scientific interest. Doctors puzzle over the different means by which women can achieve orgasm and what prevents orgasm in women. So then how can you achieve one? Let’s answer this question and more.




First off, what is an orgasm?

There’s not a singular and widely agreed-upon definition of orgasm. However, It can be described as when a person reaches peak pleasure. It is often marked by a series of physical sensations such as:

  • Involuntary release of muscle tension

  • Series of muscular contractions

  • Verbal and auditory emissions of pleasure

  • Increased heart and breathing rate

While the length of orgasms varies for each individual, research has shown that female orgasms may last for around 20–35 seconds.


Why do they matter so much?

For pleasure obviously! But there’s more to it. Orgasms pose numerous health benefits aside from just a happy ending. For instance, orgasms achieved through masturbation resulted in better sleep quality and reduced the time taken to fall asleep.

During an orgasm, the body releases a hormone called oxytocin which has a variety of health benefits like:

  • regulating anxiety

  • reducing the risk of heart disease

  • reducing the risk of cancer, such as ovarian cancer

So how many types of orgasms are there?

People tend to experience a variety of different types of orgasms, depending on what part(s) of their bodies are being stimulated. But as a general rule don’t focus too much on the type of orgasms. An orgasm is an orgasm! Instead, embrace the pleasure that comes with whichever type of orgasm.


There are about 6 main types of orgasms:

  • Clitoral orgasm - Often felt on the surface of the body, like a tingly feeling along your skin, and in your brain.

  • Vaginal orgasm - Felt deeper in the body and is usually accompanied by pulsations of the vaginal canal walls.

  • Anal orgasm - The muscle contractions are felt primarily in the anal canal and around the anal sphincter. (And not inside the vagina).

  • Blended orgasm - Happens when the vagina and the clitoris are stimulated at the same time, it tends to result in a more explosive orgasm. Sometimes these blended orgasms are accompanied by full-body trembles and tremors.

  • Erogenous orgasm - Comes from stimulating lesser-known erogenous parts of the body (ears, nipples, neck, elbows, knees, etc.) causing a pleasurable release when kissed and played with. Usually described as being more full-body, compared to other kinds of orgasms.

  • Convulsing orgasm - Result in the pelvic floor muscles convulsing over and over and over again really quickly. These orgasms usually happen after a long buildup. It works by edging yourself (meaning getting close to orgasm but not orgasming) repeatedly.


What if I have problems getting there?

Hey, don’t beat yourself too hard. Sometimes you could know all the tips and tricks but still, nothing works. The good news is you are probably not the only one. Both physical and emotional problems can prevent a woman from getting an orgasm. Feelings of fear, guilt, distraction, or a loss of control can affect orgasm. Some researchers also say that anxiety and depression may prevent women from climaxing.


Is there anything that can be done?

There’s one key factor that can help and that’s communication! It might not be the solution for more extreme cases but for the minor ones it won’t hurt to try. After all, it’s a nice way to ensure that you provide continuous consent during sex. Other than that, keep in mind that your partner is not a mind reader and you can help them by telling them what you want them to do you are going to need to speak up. Not sure how to do it? Read this!


The bottom line

The information given above serves as a great starting point but honestly, sex does not have a manual. Plus achieving an orgasm is not a standard used to quantify great sex. The point is that you learn and explore what your body loves using the information given. Our bodies are all unique and how you get there will vary from person to person. With a little more communication that journey can be made easier and more pleasurable of course.

Stay informed, stay in control Hope you learned something new today

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