6 Things You Didn't Know About Orgasms
Some of this is pretty mind-blowing.
Orgasms. Whether you've had one or not, many of us know more about Harry Styles' dating history than we do our own sexual bodily functions.
Well we're here to help. Here's a few things you may or may not have ever known about the Big O.
1. The science of the orgasm is pretty mind-blowing
As sex and relationship expert Tracey Cox explains: "[An orgasm] is the body letting go when it can’t stand the pressure of the increased blood flow in the genitals.
"Orgasm is merely the process of the blood rushing back to where it came from and all those tense muscles releasing."
2. The average female orgasm lasts 10.9 seconds.
That's on 25% longer than the male orgasm, which averages 8.7 seconds long according to a survey carried out by Lovehoney.
3. The world record for longest orgasm is 45 seconds
And it involved 25 individual contractions - although we have no idea how this was officially recorded (cue mental image of a Guinness Book of World Records man on hand with a stopwatch).
Oh, and if you're interested, the world record for most female orgasms in a single hour is 134. Not bad going, huh?
4. Multiple orgasms are definitely a thing
"For a woman, it can be one of two things," Tracey tells Lovehoney. "A multiple can mean one really long, super orgasm or two or three in a row. Women, unlike men, can climb back on and continue, but that’s not to say a man can’t have multiple orgasms either.
"Men are capable of having non-ejaculatory orgasms. This is when the man experiences an orgasm in his brain and retains his erection but inhibits ejaculation by squeezing his PC muscle (the one that stops you weeing) and other techniques. Men can also achieve multiple-ejaculation orgasms. He has several orgasms in a row, all accompanied by full or partial ejaculation. Some men lose their erection fully each time and others maintain it."
Good to know.
5. You can actually orgasm from exercise
According to Tracey, a small part of the population experience can orgasm through sneezing while others say they have experienced the Big O during exercise.
"10% of women report achieving orgasm during exercise, some women can orgasm purely through nipple stimulation and - rare but true - some people orgasm when they have sneezing fits," she explains. "It’s also been documented that a small percentage of people are able to bring themselves to orgasm purely through fantasy - with no physical stimulation whatsoever."
Definitely one to try next time you're bored.
6. Women have one orgasm for every three of his
While we know it can be easier for women to experience multiple orgasms, this doesn't necessarily mean us ladies are having more.
"A large-scale study of American adults found women have about one orgasm for every three a man has," Tracey reveals.
According to the research, one in three women find it hard to orgasm with a partner and 80% apparently can't orgasm through vaginal intercourse alone, but as Tracey adds: "Most women have no problems having an orgasm during masturbation, particularly if using a vibrator, and lesbians have almost many orgasms as men do."
The moral of the story? Your fingers are your friend - and sex toys can be too.
Coincidentally, Tracey Cox has her own range of sex toys with Lovehoney.
Now check out a bunch of guys and girls taking a hella awkward sexy would you rather quiz...