Finally, a holiday we can all get behind! July is National Orgasm Month, culminating—finishing, if you will—in National Orgasm Day on July 31st.
We’ve been celebrating by practicing orgasmic yoga, learning to have deeper orgasms, studying orgasm disorders and of course, chasing climax ourselves. We’ve also gathered up 27 facts about orgasms you may not have known, and at least a few are guaranteed to increase your intimate moments and solo play experiences.
Pleasure is a noble pursuit! Everyone deserves to feel good.
27 Facts About Orgasms
1. The clitoris has about 8,000 nerve endings.
2. A whopping 93% of women and people with vaginas enjoy clitoral stimulation during sex.
3. It wasn’t until 10 years ago that we even had access to a 3-D image of the entire clitoris.
4. The clitoris is mainly made up of erectile tissue.
5. Orgasms are sometimes called “The Little Death”. Technically this refers to the period immediately following an orgasm, when your body is recovering from the physiologically demanding event it just experienced.
6. Clitoral orgasms are characterized by rapid contraction and release of the uterine and vaginal muscles and can last anywhere from 10-30 seconds.
7. Blended orgasms occur with simultaneous G-spot and clitoral stimulation.
8. Squirting, or vaginal ejaculation, can happen during blended orgasms.
9. Multiple orgasms are within reach, and many people with vaginas report being able to experience multiple climaxes during sex.
10. 40% of women estimate the duration of their orgasm to be 30 to 60 seconds or longer.
11. It takes longer for people with vaginas to climax. This makes foreplay, stimulation to multiple erogenous zones, and patience absolutely critical for intimacy.
13. The orgasm gap is real; women in same-sex relationships are more likely to orgasm than those that are heterosexually partnered.
14. 52% of people who orgasm frequently are comfortable telling their partners what they enjoy, whereas 26% who don’t orgasm frequently aren’t comfortable talking about intimacy.
15. Some people report being able to orgasm just from imagining an erotic fantasy.
16. Stimulating different pleasure, or erogenous zones, can help deepen orgasms or make them more likely. This includes your nipples, feet, neck, hips, buttocks, and ears/face/mouth.
17. There are up to 14 kinds of orgasm, including anal, nipple, coregasm, and more.
18. Removing pressure to orgasm can make it more likely. Feeling anxious and setting the expectation of climax makes it more difficult; relax and take pleasure in discovering new sensations.
19. There are several physical and emotional disorders that can make orgasm less likely, like vaginismus, female orgasmic disorder and more. You may want to explore treatment with a doctor if you suffer with any of these.
20. Orgasmic yoga and meditation can make orgasms deeper.
21. Masturbation can improve vaginal health, reducing the chance of infection and making sex more comfortable and less painful.
22. Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor and can make orgasms more powerful. Kegels can be done any time, anywhere.
23. The best toys for women and people with vaginas make blended stimulation and orgasms much easier, including G-spot and clitoral stimulation.
24. The Coolidge Effect can reduce arousal in men, but there are ways to counteract the problem with communication and exploration.
25. Sex coaching can help you get control of your pleasure, and an expert could help you overcome anxieties and trouble with sex, as well as answer burning questions and give you new inspiration.
26. Taking control of your pleasure and asking for what you want makes it easier to climax, but it could also help empower your partner to do the same. You can’t bring to your relationship what you haven’t practiced alone, and it will benefit you both.
27. You are not a human orgasm vending machine. It’s totally normal not to achieve orgasm each time during sex. You can’t just “push buttons,” and make it happen; you’re a complex human body with complex emotions and experiences. Honor the journey!
On National Orgasm Day, take a little time to discover something new about yourself. Many of us are still socially distancing or experiencing quarantine, so there’s never been a better time to stock up on toys and sexy new tricks. However you celebrate, we hope it’s orgasmic, jaw-dropping and moan-inducing.