It’s National Orgasm Day, so here’s 31 facts about orgasms on the 31st of July!
1. The first report of female orgasm comes from Aristotle, around 2,500 years ago.
2. An orgasm affects almost every system in your body; from your brain to your heart and stomach, and, of course, your genitals.
3. Our parents are getting off more than us. Millennials have 12 percent fewer orgasms than boomers. Womp-womp.
4. Your ability to reach orgasm could be genetic, according to a recent study at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.
5. When you orgasm, your body produces quadruple the usual amount of the bonding hormone oxytocin.
6. Orgasms get easier (and better) the older you get – research found 61 per cent of women aged 18 to 24 experienced orgasms the last time they had sex, compared to 70 per cent of women in their forties and fifties.
7. Men who ejaculate more than five times a week are less likely to develop prostate cancer.
8. ‘Sex educators’ Dorian Solot and Marshall Miller, who run the ‘I ♥ Female Orgasm’ sex education programme on US college campuses, say that around 1% of women can orgasm from breast stimulation alone.
9. According to tantric-sex guru Shree Rajneesh, orgasms come (so to speak) in more ways than one. ‘Relaxation’ orgasms are different from the building-to-a-peak sort most of us have. Instead, they come from deep muscle relaxation combined with slow stimulation, and are known as ‘valley orgasms’. These ‘slow burners’ lead to a more gentle climax and won’t result in a ‘mood crash’ afterwards
10. Forty-seven per cent of women have their first orgasm through masturbation, according to sex expert Dr David Devlin – and the average age to experience it is 18.
11. Miami is the place to get off. 60 percent of singles in the 305 orgasm during 90 to 100 percent of their sexual encounters.
12. Need to cure hiccups? Try an orgasm!
13. When men orgasm, their brains release chemicals (including prolactin) that can bring on tiredness.
14. Some women faint when they come and, in very rare cases, have had heart failure and died – which might explain why the French refer to orgasm as ‘/le petit mort/’ (the little death).
15. Redheads have it best. We will not attempt to explain why, but for whatever reason, single women with red hair have the most orgasms, followed by blondes.
16. Your pain threshold can more than double at the moment of climax, and an orgasm is also a natural form of pain relief.
17. Faking orgasms isn’t something just women do. 37 percent of men in a survey by Match said they’d faked orgasms before. The most common reasons they cited were ‘because they weren’t enjoying sex anymore,’ ‘because they wanted to “show their partner that they loved them,” and because they were too drunk to finish. The first two reasons were also top ones for women, and boosting partners’ self-esteem.
18. Doctors once prescribed orgasms for fertility.
19. Tech nerds are doing something right. Despite what stereotypes might lead you to believe, people working in computers and electronics have more orgasms than any other profession.
20. You can have orgasms without direct genital stimulation – sleep orgasms are totally a thing, and some people can climax just by thinking about orgasms.
21. A woman’s orgasm lasts for around 18 seconds, whereas a man’s lasts for an average of 22 seconds (aren’t they lucky?).
22. People who smoke weed have more orgasms. Like, way more. Pot smokers surveyed were 109 percent more likely to have multiple orgasms.
23. The world record for the longest time spent masturbating to orgasm is 6 hours 30 minutes for a woman, and 8 hours 30 minutes for a man.
24. There are at least 12 different kinds of female orgasms (because there can never be too much of a good thing).
25. When someone experiences climax, the parts of the brain that processes fear ‘shuts down’.
26. It actually is possible for men to also have multiple orgasms. Ejaculation and orgasms are different things, and with training, men can experience the big Oh more than once a session.
27. Sexologists can ‘read’ a woman’s orgasm history by studying her walk.
28. During male orgasm, the same area of the brain is stimulated as the part which responds to a heroin rush (no wonder some guys seem addicted to sex).
29. Men can experience a ‘dry orgasm’ in which semen travels to the bladder instead of down the urethra
30. Regular orgasms can help you look up to seven years younger. In one study, people who appeared more youthful claimed to have sex 50 per cent more often than those the same age who looked older.
31. The rule of thumb: the distance between a woman’s clitoris and vaginal opening predicts her likelihood of orgasm during vaginal intercourse. When the distance is smaller (generally less than the width of a thumb), she is more likely to reach orgasm because the clitoris gets more stimulation by being closer to the action.