When it comes to achieving orgasms during sex with a regular partner, straight women still lag behind men and lesbian women, a new study suggests.
Using surveys of single people, the Kinsey Institute research suggests that men — straight or gay — climax about 85 percent of the time during sex, while lesbians do so about 75 percent of the time. Straight females placed third, achieving orgasm during about 63 percent of sexual encounters.
Why the discrepancies? Basic anatomy and gaps in communication between partners may be key, the study authors said.
“We need to take seriously the wide variety of factors that may influence sexual outcomes, including orgasm, in individuals and couples,” said study lead author Justin Garcia, an assistant professor of gender studies at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, in Bloomington.
The findings aren’t definitive, he stressed, because they’re based only on people’s recollections about recent sexual encounters with familiar sex partners.
Still, the study does offer new insight into sexuality, Garcia believes. “In their 1966 treatise, Masters & Johnson suggested that lesbian women have more orgasms than heterosexual women,” he said. “Yet there have not been many studies that have taken a careful look at orgasm outcomes across sexual orientation categories. We attempt to fill this knowledge gap.”
To do so, the new study analyzed the results of an Internet-based survey of 2,850 single American adults age 21 or older — almost 1,500 men and 1,350 women. The survey had higher numbers of gays and bisexuals than the American population because the researchers wanted to fully represent their experiences.
All the participants reported having sex with someone else over the past year, and each answered a question about the percentage of the time that they had an orgasm during sex with a familiar partner over the past 12 months.
The difference in orgasm rates between straight and lesbian women was significant, and the reasons why aren’t clear. Study co-author Elisabeth Lloyd, chair of history and philosophy of science at Indiana University, said it may have something to do with the fact that penetrative intercourse is a more crucial part of sex for straight women than for lesbians.
The anatomy of women — especially the difference between the clitoris and the urinary opening — is crucial to the likelihood that a woman will have an orgasm through intercourse, she said.
Still, better communication between heterosexual partners couldn’t hurt, the researchers added.
“The most successful means of increasing satisfaction has always been increased communication and attentiveness to the partner’s responsiveness,” Lloyd said. In other words, talk and pay attention.
Garcia agreed. He said partners of all types can help women reach orgasm by paying attention to “both spoken and unspoken communication.”
“Some individuals may say what they want, or be willing to state what they want if asked by a partner; others may communicate with body language,” Garcia said. “And for others it may take getting to know each other, both in and out of the bedroom, to understand what allows them to experience positive sexual outcomes.”
And does all this mean that lesbians are more sexually satisfied than straight women? Not necessarily, the researchers sad.
“Satisfaction is different from orgasm — many women can be sexually satisfied without orgasm,” Lloyd said. “We can’t infer that there are legions of unsatisfied heterosexual women because of this study. We’d have to ask them.”
The study appears online Aug. 18 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Orgasms Fly Higher for Women in Relationships Study Says
Study suggests that women are more likely to have an orgasm when in a serious relationship. Orgasms fly higher for committed women rather than those that settle for the average “booty call.” The new study has found that casual sex might never lead to a real orgasm for women.
While it’s true that women are as likely as men to engage in casual sex, they usually aren’t as happy with the results. The benefits for women often fall much lower than those for men.
The International Academy of Sex Research presented results from the study during their annual meeting which showed that for women orgasms fly higher when they are in a serious relationship as opposed to a casual hookup.
Justin R. Garcia led the study team during the investigation. Garcia is a biologist at Indiana University and colleagues at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. Garcia and his team also found that the desire to reach an orgasm was lower when it came to a one night fling for both men and women.
This study consisted of 600 college students. What they found was whether women were engaged in oral sex or actual intercourse they were less likely to climax during a one night stand.
This new study supports prior research by Paula England, a sociologist from New York University. Similar information was found during her study which showed that out of 24,000 college aged women just 40 percent reached an orgasm during casual sex. This study also revealed that 80 percent of men climaxed during a simple hookup.
On the other hand, during this same study England found that close to 75 percent of women reached a serious orgasm when they were having sex with a partner who was in relationship with them.
England’s study was completed over five years and spanned 21 colleges.
Researchers of the new study say that women usually don’t feel comfortable giving instructions concerning their wants and needs during casual sex. Men have admitted they aren’t as focused on pleasing a woman during a quick fling.
David Giraldo, 26-year-old male, said it’s always his mission to please his partner but he isn’t going to try as hard when he’s having sex with someone he doesn’t really care about.
Casey Romaine, 22-year-old female, said a quick hook up is usually about sharing an intimate moment as opposed to having a particularly good sexual experience. She said she believes that as weird as it sounds it’s almost irrelevant whether the sex is good or not.
Garcia told The New York Times that we have been sold this theory that we are living in an era where people can just be free sexually and have equal participation in society’s hookup culture. He said the fact of the matter is not every participant is having a good time.
A recent study by Martin A. Monto presented at The American Sociological Association suggests that the new hookup culture theory may not really exist; it might just be a myth.
Monto, a professor of sociology at the University of Portland, said that his study showed that college kids today aren’t having sex any more frequently than they did during the 80s and 90s.
Monto’s study found in the comparative study that there is no evidence of substantial changes in sexual behavior among contemporary college students that would validate the suggestion that there is a new or pervasive hookup culture.
A new study advocates that women are more likely to have an orgasm when in a serious relationship; casual sex might never lead to a real orgasm for women.
Orgasms fly higher for committed women rather than those that settle for the average one night stand.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)