Researchers Offer Remedy for Women's 'Orgasm Gap'

They think a 'golden trio' of techniques will help
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2017 10:17 AM CST
Researchers Offer Remedy for Women's 'Orgasm Gap'
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Out of the many different types of people having sex out there, it seems that when it comes to reaching orgasm, straight women are at the bottom of the totem pole. Reporting in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers at the Kinsey Institute, Chapman University, and Indiana University found that 95% of straight men usually-to-always orgasm when sexually intimate compared to 65% of straight women. They call it "the orgasm gap." The study is called "Differences in Orgasm Frequency Among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Men and Women in a U.S. National Sample," though a reporter at the Chicago Tribune suggests it could be shortened to "Duh." The study, however, doesn't just document the gap—it offers a remedy in the form of what the researchers call a "golden trio" of moves, per the Huffington Post UK.

Surveying more than 50,000 people, they found that 89% of gay men usually-to-always orgasm when sexually intimate, followed by bisexual men (88%), lesbian women (86%), and bisexual women (66%). The research suggests that three techniques might improve the percentages for women—a combination of deep kissing, genital stimulation, and oral sex. More specifically, they note that oral sex is the surest bet a woman will orgasm, followed by duration—0 to 15 minutes leads to the lowest frequency for women, while more than 30 minutes leads to the highest. Meanwhile, 30% of men think that intercourse is the best way to get a woman to orgasm, which rarely if ever works for nearly half of women. "To say that there needs to be some education I think is an understatement," one researcher tells the Guardian. (Yes, some women actually orgasm during childbirth.)

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