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Researchers Get to the Bottom of Female Orgasm

They have a new theory that focuses on the way ovulation has evolved

(Newser) - The role of the female orgasm has been a head-scratcher for centuries. Case-in-point: Aristotle himself noted that the fact that human females don't need it to conceive clouded the quest for explanation. The statistics that show it's an "uncommon" occurrence during heterosexual intercourse and the lack of... More »

Lesbians Outdo Straight Women on Orgasms

They have notably more, but still trail men, says study

(Newser) - A new study out of the Kinsey Institute finds that lesbians have more orgasms than their straight or bisexual peers, reports the Huffington Post . Study participants were asked to report the percentage of times they climax with a familiar partner, and the differences among women were surprisingly large:
  • Heterosexual: 62%
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Parkinson's Drug Gives Woman 'Unwelcome' Orgasms

It's the first time this symptom has been reported

(Newser) - Apparently not everyone wants to have multiple orgasms a day. While the typical side effects of the Parkinson's drug rasagiline are flulike symptoms, depression, stomach problems, and joint pain, for one woman the side effect was spontaneous orgasms that began to disrupt her days—typically three to five of... More »

Women Fake Orgasms for ... Pleasure

Study shows some women are faking it for themselves

(Newser) - Thanks to Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, even guys know that women fake the big O—but who knew they did it for pleasure? A study published in the Journal of Sexual Archives says women will fake orgasm not just for the relationship or their own insecurity, but... More »

Survey Finds Proof of Orgasms During ... Childbirth

Midwives report 'orgasmic births' 0.3% of the time

(Newser) - Good news for those of you dreading childbirth: It doesn't have to be all pain and agony. There have long been stories of so-called "orgasmic births," and now a new study by a psychologist looks at the actual numbers. The study author surveyed French midwives, some of... More »

'Legitimate Rape' Was a Medical Theory ... in 1200s

But several modern-era lawmakers share it

(Newser) - If you found Rep. Todd Akin's comments on "legitimate rape" positively medieval, you're right—quite literally. As far back as the 13th century, a British legal text notes that "without a woman's consent, she could not conceive," the Guardian reports. Centuries later, in 1814,... More »

Doc: I Found the G Spot

In the cadaver of an 83-year-old. But critics aren't so sure

(Newser) - A semi-retired Florida gynecologist says he's found the holy grail of female sexuality: the G spot. To make his discovery, Dr. Adam Ostrzenski went to Poland—which allows dissection of fresh cadavers, unlike the US—to do a postmortem exam on an 83-year-old woman. He found, he writes in... More »

Republicans Take Orgasm Lead in Poll

Conservatives report having less sex, but bigger percentage of fireworks, than liberals

(Newser) - Here's a tidbit stunning enough to interruptus your coitus: Republicans—no, make that conservative Republicans—report the highest rate of orgasms, according to a new sex poll. More than half of those who identified themselves as conservative Republicans said they reached orgasm almost every time they had sex, compared... More »

Women: This Is Your Brain During Orgasm

Bran scan video is first to reveal female fireworks

(Newser) - Here, finally, is a female orgasm in living, gasping color, delivered in a mesmerizing video of brain scans. The scans show the build up, the big event, and the "recovery" after several areas of the brain light up in a "crescendo" of oxygen-rapacious activity, reports the Guardian . The... More »

Women's Orgasms Exist Because...

...well, who knows, but they serve a purpose: study

(Newser) - Turns out there is a unique reason for the female orgasm... but nobody knows what it is yet. The latest foray into female ecstasy involved asking about 10,000 pairs of opposite-sex siblings and twins about their sexual habits. The upshot: Most of the girls had no similarity with their... More »

That 'Live Orgasm' Class Was the Best One I Took

Author didn't see the same demonstration, but defends the course

(Newser) - J. Michael Bailey is getting a lot of flak for his Human Sexuality class at Northwestern University—you know, the one where some students, after class, watched a naked woman come to orgasm on stage. Bailey has already defended the decision , and now a former student is backing him up... More »

'No Harm' in Live Orgasm Demo: Northwestern Prof

J. Michael Bailey regrets effect on university's reputation

(Newser) - The Northwestern psychology professor behind the now-infamous after-class demonstration of a woman brought to orgasm has issued a new statement, reports the Chicago Tribune —and he's sort of sorry. "During a time of financial crisis, war, and global warming, this story has been a top news story for... More »

Orgasms Make Women 'Invincible'

Nervous systems shut down, making it harder to feel pain

(Newser) - Orgasms are nice—so nice that, for women at least, they kinda make you invincible. Neuroscientists studied women pleasuring themselves while in MRI body scanners, to see what happens inside the brain during orgasm. They found that 30 different parts of the brain light up with pleasure so strong that... More »

Sex Survey Bares Gender 'Orgasm Gap'

Shocked? Men and women report different rates of female orgasm

(Newser) - Figures may not lie, but people do—especially, it seems, when it comes to sex. The most comprehensive study of Americans' sex lives since 1994 finds a strange "perception gap" related to orgasm: While 85% of the male respondents said their latest sexual partner had an orgasm, only 64%... More »

Yes, Yes, YES! There Is a G-Spot: French Docs

Don't listen to the Brits on sex, physicians warn

(Newser) - Yes, Virginia, there is a G-spot. That's what French docs want the world to know in a reminder that when it comes to sex, don't ask the British. UK scientists at Kings College recently declared that there was no proof that the female hyper-pleasure center exists. But French physicians declared... More »

G-Spot Is a Myth

Or at least British researchers can't find it

(Newser) - The G-spot is a figment of the imagination, say British researchers. A team at King's College London based its conclusion on questionnaires sent to more than 1,800 women, all of them pairs of twins. If the G-spot existed as a physical entity, the results would have backed it up,... More »

The Vibrator Play: The Doctor Will Please You Now

But comedy about docs treating 'hysterical' women is 'very discreet'

(Newser) - In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play? Why, yes, it is about exactly that—but playwright Sarah Ruhl says that “a lot of it happens under a sheet,” making the comedy “very discreet.” The play, about a 19th-century doctor who treats female patients using a... More »

Faking Orgasms a 'Nightmare': Heigl

(Newser) - Katherine Heigl spilled the ugly truth about faking orgasms—it's apparently "really exhausting"—to Showbiz Spy. The 30-year-old actress had to don a pair of vibrating panties for a scene in the Ugly Truth, and filming the climax that ensued was "a nightmare," she says. "... More »

Orgasm a Day Keeps Doc Away: Brits on Sex Ed

(Newser) - A brochure being circulated by Britain's National Health Service advises that children be taught more positive lessons about sex as part of a healthy life, along the lines of "an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away," reports the Daily Telegraph. The leaflet, entitled Pleasure, says sex should... More »

Smarties Enjoy Sex More Than Bimbos Do

Turns out men do make passes at women who wear glasses

(Newser) - Smart women enjoy sex more than the average bimbo, according to a new study, reports the Telegraph. How did researchers know? Women with a higher emotional intelligence scored  more orgasms during sex. Emotional intelligence—the ability to recognize and manage feelings—"seems to have a direct impact on women's... More »

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