Female Orgasm: all you need to know

The Vagina, Role of each part during sexual intercourse and sexual pleasure:

The human female reproductive system is a series of organs primarily located inside the body and around the pelvic region and contains three main parts: 

  • the vagina, which leads from the vulva, the vaginal opening, to the uterus

  • the uterus, which holds the developing fetus, and

  • the ovaries, which produce the female's ova. The vagina meets the outside at the vulva. During intercourse, this area is lubricated by mucus secreted by the Bartholin's glands. The vagina is attached to the uterus through the cervix, while the uterus is attached to the ovaries via the Fallopian tubes.

The female erectile organs include:

  • The clitoris

  • The vestibular bulbs (or clitoral bulbs, located on either side of the opening of the vagina)

  • The pars intermedia, a thin band joining the two vestibular bulbs

  • The labia minora (inner lips of the vagina)

  • The corpus spongiosum of the female urethra (the spongy tissue surrounding the urethra, which is the tube that connects the bladder to an external opening just above the vagina).

It is a well-known fact that the clitoris is highly erogenous; it has around 8,000 nerve endings (about twice as many as in the penis). It is said that the clitoris serves the purpose of promoting sexual excitement. However, the female orgasm is NOT a prerequisite for conception. The female orgasm occurs with alarming infrequency. It has been estimated that as few as 25 percent of women routinely reach orgasm through penetrative sex (while that number is three times as high among men).

Women and men orgasm very differently from each other and a lot of information that one reads about the female orgasm is generally misconstrued and incorrect.

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Myths about female orgasm and the G-Spot: 

  • Orgasm is the desired end result of sexual intercourse: This is a myth that many believe. Sex should be pleasurable. However, too many people fail to enjoy each moment as they feel that the end result of indulging in sexual acts should culminate in an orgasm. 

  • Women can have multiple orgasms always: No, not always. Sometimes, they may not even orgasm at all. It all depends on foreplay, whether the clitoris has been stimulated enough, and even an emotional connection with the partner.

  • All women easily orgasm: Having mentioned multiple orgasms earlier, there are times when a woman may not orgasm at all and that’s perfectly fine.

  • Male orgasm “yayy” female orgasm “nay”: Most men and women believe that during sex, a man’s orgasm is more important than a woman’s. If orgasm is priority at all, it should be for all parties involved.

  • The key to a woman’s orgasm is penetrative sex: NO. 99.9 percent of women need clitoral stimulation to reach an orgasm.

  • Position makes no difference when it comes to female orgasm: As mentioned earlier penetration alone doesn’t lead to orgasm and hence the position that allows for clitoral stimulation helps a woman reach orgasm. So position does matter.

  • A G-Spot is the key to a woman’s orgasm: The G-spot is not the primary focal point of pleasure: A study found that women with problems reaching orgasm have a smaller clitoris that's located farther from the vagina. 

  • Orgasms are categorized by body movements, vocalizations, and muscle contractions.

  • Squirting is the same thing as female orgasm.

Facts about Female orgasm:

  • Orgasms get better with age.

  • Safe sex doesn’t affect the quality of the orgasm.

  • In rare cases, orgasms can happen without genital stimulation.

  • Major physiological changes take place during the female orgasm (hormone prolactin and oxytocin are released.  Prolactin = helps with the production of milk; Oxytocin = regulate hormone level impairments caused by stress and/or menstruation. It also helps with child birth.

Women and self-pleasure:

It’s common for many women not knowing techniques of self-pleasuring as a woman’s orgasm can be a lot harder to figure out in comparison to a man’s orgasm. A few tips on the next time you plan on indulging in some self-pleasure.

  • To begin with, ensure you do not feel rushed and have enough privacy to not be interrupted.

  • It is absolutely okay (sometimes also necessary) to use lubrication of some sort.

  • While self-pleasuring you can focus on organs other than the vagina (for e.g.: nipple stimulation, grabbing your butt or upper thighs etc.)

  • Self-pleasuring is equivalent to self-seduction - take it slow, rather than aiming straight for an orgasm.

  • Use vibrators or visual aids if you want to.

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