Some people are shy when it comes to talking about orgasms. But they’re just as much a part of a woman’s health as anything else. Maybe there are some things you’ve been dying to find out, but have been afraid to ask. Read on to expand your knowledge of all things “O”.
Orgasms are pain relievers.
If you have a headache, maybe you should have sex instead of turning it down. “There is some evidence that orgasms can relieve all kinds of pain—including pain from arthritis, pain after surgery and even pain during childbirth,” notes Lisa Stern, RN, MSN, a nurse practitioner in Los Angeles and blogger at at Gynfizz.com. “The mechanism is largely due to the body’s release of a chemical called oxytocin during orgasm,” she says. The pain relief is usually short-lived (approximately eight to 10 minutes), but even thinking about sex can help alleviate pain, according to past research.
A lot of women have trouble reaching orgasm.
If you’ve ever had trouble having an orgasm you’re not alone. As many as one in three women have trouble reaching climax when having sex, according to Planned Parenthood statistics. And as many as 80% of women have trouble with orgasm from just having vaginal intercourse.
Orgasms become better with age.
There are a lot of things to complain about regarding aging, but your sex life might actually get better, especially the frequency and quality of orgasm, according to Debby Herbenick, PhD, a research scientist at Indiana University. “Orgasm becomes easier with age,” she says. “As an example, while 61 percent of women ages 18 to 24 experienced orgasm the last time they had sex, 65 percent of women in their 30s did and about 70 percent of women in their 40s and 50s did.”
An orgasm can sometimes happen without genital stimulation.
This is rare, but possible. Experts say it is a real phenomenon. “The reason for spontaneous orgasms during certain activities is twofold—increased blood flow to the genitals and vibration of or contact with the clitoris. The increased blood flow and the general relaxation of a massage can lead to orgasm sometimes, too,” says Stern.
It takes a while for most women.
A lot of women take longer to climax than their male partners which is perfectly normal, according to Stern. Statistics say that most women require at least 20 minutes of sexual activity to have an orgasm.