Orgasms are great. We’re pretty sure no one would argue that point. They feel great, they’re good for you, and if you have a hand (pun fully intended) in helping someone achieve one, that feels pretty great too.
Since there is a holiday for all sorts of things, why not have a holiday for orgasms? We didn’t come up with it, but we do think that there is more reason to celebrate the Big O than a single day can accomplish. And so it is that we are declaring July National Orgasm Month! Let it be known! In preparation for National Orgasm Day, which is observed on July 31, we want to go deep on the topic. (You just can’t pass up puns these good.)
So where to start? Let’s start at the very beginning.
a climax of sexual excitement, characterized by feelings of pleasure centered in the genitals
That’s true, in many cases. Merriam Webster never leads us astray. However, it is important to note that the genitals are not the only body part involved in achieving various types of orgasm. More specifically, orgasms are characterized by the rhythmic contraction and relaxation of muscles as a result of stimulation and arousal. Those muscles may be in several different erogenous zones, not just the genitals.
Many people report the following to be particularly sensitive and enticing areas:
This list is by no means extensive. Truly, an erogenous zone can be anywhere you enjoy being touched. All consensual touch can be intimate and erotic in the right setting.
Types of Orgasms
Depending on the source, there are anywhere from 4 to 14 different types of female orgasms. The lack of scientific study devoted to human sexuality and specifically, female sexuality, leaves us with a mixed bag of insights and opinions. We recently decided to remedy this unfortunate situation by conducting our own *Female Sexual Pleasure Study, the results of which we will be sharing over the coming weeks and months.
*Spoiler Alert: There is an orgasm gap in the US. 1/3rd of females are infrequently having an orgasm when they have sex. (Infrequent is defined as having an orgasm 50% of the time or less...sometimes never!) Don’t worry babes - we’re here to help.
That said, there is generally consensus from the hive mind on the following types of orgasms:
There has also been some research into erogenous zones deeper within the vaginal canal, centered around the cervix. These are known as A-Spot, O-spot and Cervical orgasms. Reportedly, these are all areas that take patience to locate and correctly stimulate. Learning the ins and outs of your anatomy is the first step to maximizing pleasure, whether with a partner, or with yourself.
Oxytocin - Order Up!
Orgasms culminate in a myriad of beneficial physiological and emotional effects. Muscle contraction and release is quickly followed by a cascade of mood-boosting hormones and neurotransmitters. Chief among those is oxytocin, fondly known as the love hormone. This darling little chemical impacts our social bonding, memory creation and retention, buffers stress-related hormones like cortisol, and can reduce depression and anxiety. It’s basically the MVP of hormones, and if getting off can get you some, what are you waiting for?
It’s All In Your Mind
Beyond physical stimulation, some women report being able to orgasm solely from thinking about an erotic fantasy. It’s like they say: the brain is the sexiest organ in the human body. Getting to the mountaintop is as much mental work as it is physical. Which is why we think it’s so important to be educated on the topic and know what you like! Once you take control of your own pleasure, you can teach a partner how to please you, and maybe even help someone else find empowerment in their pleasure, too.
We’ll be exploring the various types of orgasms and different ways we find pleasure throughout the next month, so be sure to check back for more deets on how to maximize your National Orgasm Day celebrations.