All About Orgasms

Just in case you don't know: An orgasm is the peak of the sexual response cycle, experienced by males and females. This is a moment characterized by intense arousal and pleasure. During orgasm, involuntary muscle contractions and spasms may occur throughout the body. Orgasms keep us healthy, and maybe even wise.

Recent posts on Orgasm

Do Try This at Home

By Robert J King Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Hive Mind
Female orgasm: What happens when you try to study it in a more natural setting than labs? Persistent infertility is a hot topic at the moment and this research offers insight.

The Politics of Faking Orgasm: Saving Time, Saving Face

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Insight Therapy
People who fake orgasms deprive themselves of great pleasure for an empty show of it, introduce a lie into an act of trust, distance into an occasion for closeness. Why?

Is There Such a Thing as a Vaginal Orgasm?

Orgasm, for most women, requires rhythmic stimulation of multiple parts of the entire clitoris as well as the nipples.

Orgasm Is Akin to a Seizure

Neuroscientists have for a long time been hoping to find an explanation of why orgasms feel good. Adam Safron has come up with a model to explain it.

Men Who Refuse to Satisfy Women

Cunnilingus is not the only way to stimulate a woman to orgasm but it is an effective way and one that can lead to a very intense orgasm. Yet some men refuse to perform.

Six Cues That Your Lover Is Selfish in Bed

If you clearly express your needs, and your lover still does not do his best to try to satisfy you sexually, then you are with a person who is selfish and lazy in bed. Get out now!
Original cartoon by Alexandra Martin, inspired by an interview retort from Sharon Stone

Intimately Connected

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in How We Do It
Research sheds new light on biological origins of women’s sexuality.

Why Intimate Sex Is the Key to a Successful Relationship

By Lisa Thomas LMFT on August 10, 2016 in Save Your Sex Life
Sex + Intimacy = Mindblowing Experience

Must...Try...Harder

By Robert J King Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Hive Mind
Women are not Rubik's cubes, and their orgasms haven't been "solved."
K. Ramsland

Packing Heat: Writing About Sex

Writing a sex scene is like playing jazz: you shut down lose self-censorship.

The Orgasm Talk

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on July 01, 2016 in As You Like It
Getting beyond the overly simplistic questions like "Was it okay for you?"

5 Tricks for Hotter Summer Sex

Five research-based ideas for heating up your sex life this summer.

The Latest on Sexual Satisfaction After Prostate Cancer

By Michael Castleman M.A. on June 01, 2016 in All About Sex
Erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment is common, but not inevitable.

Delayed Ejaculation Revisited

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on May 31, 2016 in As You Like It
This is a condition that's often accompanied by anger and blame. Most couples approach it in the wrong way.

Should Women 'Expect' to Orgasm During Sex?

Worried you're not having enough orgasms? The science behind sexual satisfaction might surprise you

The Woman's Erotic Zone

Think you're familiar with the woman's pleasure point? Think again.

Sneezy Does It

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 27, 2016 in In Excess
There are reports in the medical/psychological literature dating back to the 1890s of sexually induced sneezing in both men and women. But what more is known about the phenomenon?

Among “Old Married Couples,” Does Sexual Quality Decline?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on April 15, 2016 in All About Sex
In long-term relationships, time takes a modest toll on sexual satisfaction. But with a little effort, "old married couples," can rekindle the fire.

Orgasms: From Solo Sex to Partnered Sex

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on April 06, 2016 in Modern Sex
Can you orgasm when you masturbate, but not during partnered sex? Strengthening skills while masturbating can help you have orgasms during partnered sex too.

Is All Psychotherapy Feminist?

If you are in any form of psychological treatment today, chances are you are in feminist therapy, whether you know it or not.

Teaching Girls the Truth About Sex

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 23, 2016 in Open Gently
Girls are having far more sex than pleasure. New coming of age ceremonies could allow older women to talk candidly about orgasm.
E. Engstrom

Sex, Sense and Sensuality

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 02, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Writing about sex and sensuality opens up one's perspective in new ways, improving writing and enhancing life.

Orgasm after Orgasm after Orgasm?

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on February 25, 2016 in As You Like It
Many experts would rather sell books than worry about the articles they are being quoted in. I'm sure I'd sell more books if this weren't a concern for me.
istockphoto: Leuko_cyte

Why Do Lesbians Have More Orgasms Than Straight Women?

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on February 16, 2016 in The Third Wave
Can lesbian relationships teach straight couples how to increase frequency of orgasms?

Helping Women Learn How to Have An Orgasm

By Lisa Thomas LMFT on February 14, 2016 in Save Your Sex Life
Having an Orgasm for Some Women is More Difficult than One Would Think....

Why So Many Women Don’t Have Orgasms

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 01, 2016 in All About Sex
Women don’t have orgasms largely because their lovers don’t provide the clitoral caresses that elicit them.

An Unusual Response to a Sex Survey

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on January 29, 2016 in As You Like It
From a man who likes having sex with women but is fascinated with penises, posts photos of his penis online daily, and is aroused by transgender porn and male genital torture.

Saying Yes to Female Orgasm

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on January 12, 2016 in SexualityToday
The techniques each woman prefers are so specific that guessing will get you nowhere. A good reminder that sometimes the best way to find out what turns a woman on is just to ask.

What Determines a Woman's Favorite Sex Positions?

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on January 07, 2016 in As You Like It
This isn't something people can learn from porn, where every woman likes every position and all women like being flipped around like pancakes on a griddle.

The Khan Academy of the Cl*toris

Is your New Year's resolution - be better in bed? Do you wonder: How do I make her want to have sex more often? What makes a woman have an orgasm? How do I tell him what I like?