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

The Orgasm Gap: Simple Truth & Sexual Solutions

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on October 04, 2015 Stress and Sex
In heterosexual sexual encounters, men have more orgasm than women. To close the orgasm gap, we have to hold clitoral stimulation and penetration as equal. Closing the orgasm gap isn’t going to be easy. Still, it’s well worth the effort. It’s time for Orgasm Justice for All! .

Does Circumcision Reduce Men’s Sexual Sensitivity?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 02, 2015 All About Sex
The best evidence shows that circumcision doesn't impair men’s sexual function.

Will a Pink Pill Make Me Horny?

Will a Pink Pill Make Me Horny? It depends on what kind of sexual problem you are having. By Susan Kolod, Ph.D.

The Truth About Female Orgasms

By Ryan Anderson on September 17, 2015 The Mating Game
There are a lot of myths and mysteries surrounding the female orgasm, especially among men. This article looks at some of the science behind the female orgasm.

Love, Sex, and Surrender

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on September 13, 2015 Love Doc
Slim of body, meticulously groomed, Sari sat down carefully at the far end of the sofa. “Thank you for fitting me in at this late hour. It’s just that I work full time in Manhattan and have three children

The 'Sexy Sons' Theory of What Women are Attracted to in Men

Psychologists might be able to predict what kind of man a woman is more likely to achieve an orgasm with.

Do Dog Owners REALLY Make Better Lovers?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 10, 2015 Animals and Us
A recent Psychology Today post asked whether dog owners are better lovers. Let's look at what the new science of human-animal relationships actually reveals about the connection between love, sex, and pet-ownership.

A Letter to Young Sexually Active Heterosexual Men

Young heterosexual men are under a lot of false pressure due to porn images. Let's clear up some of these distortions so young men can have a more fulfilling sex life.

A Letter to Young Sexually Active Heterosexual Women

This generation seems to be more misinformed than any other, likely because they get so much of their information from pornography. The most distorted information is about young heterosexual women’s sexuality. I hope that my letter can help to clear up some of these distortions.

The Joy of Mindful, Asynchronous Sex

During asynchronous sex, the receiver can connect her body and mind in space and time—or in other words, she can cultivate the mindful focus that has been shown to increase orgasmic capacity

A Linguistic Sexual Revolution: Naming the Clitoris

Let’s use language to shape our values around women’s orgasmic response. Let’s start naming the clitoris openly and proudly. Let’s use a nickname so frequently that it makes its way into online dictionaries. After all, calling the clitoris Tori, Doris, or Pepita is no stranger than calling the penis Tom, Dick, or Peter.

Come Again?

There is perhaps no larger mystery in the science of human reproduction than the role of the female orgasm. Evolutionary theories tend to argue that the female orgasm either aids in mate selection or is just a by-product of shared development with males. Where the orgasm is concerned, there might be more to the story.

Games to Cure Common Sex Problems

Too fast or too slow (or not at all!) Premature ejaculation for men and anorgasmia (no orgasm) for women are the two most common sexual problems that plague a couple’s sexual experience. Anxiety is the root cause of both problems. Solve these problems easily with two fun psychologically-oriented sex games.

Is Perfect Sex Possible?

Sex does not equal intercourse and intercourse and orgasm is not a pass-fail sex test.

Seventy Percent: A Statistic to Enhance Your Sex Life

If more women and men knew this statistic, less women would be faking orgasm.

Why Do Women Have Orgasms?

Controversy surrounds the issue of why women evolved to have orgasms.

Does Size Matter for Women?

Penis size has figured prominently in discussions of the evolution of human reproductive biology and mate choice. But, despite the lock-and-key relationship, relatively little attention has been given to female counterparts of the penis — the clitoris and vagina. So reliable information is scarce. Investigation of what is available yields some intriguing conclusions.

Meeting Your Conditions for Sex

Not having your conditions for good sex met is a frequent cause of failed erections and no orgasms.

In at the Sharp End

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 In Excess
Belonophilia refers to the deriving of sexual pleasure and arousal from pins or needles. Although media stories relating to ‘needle fetishes’ appear to be relatively rare, clinical and medical case studies in the academic literature are almost non-existent. So, what do we know psychologically about this apparently rare sexual fetish?

Ask Your Doctor if You Are Healthy Enough for Sex

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on March 22, 2015 Fighting Fear
How to reassure patients when they ask their doctor if they are healthy enough for sex (should the occasion of their asking ever arise.)

The Neurobiology of BDSM Sexual Practice

How can one experience pain, either the physical pain of a smack on the tush or the emotional pain of humiliation, as pleasurable? Aren’t pain and pleasure diametrically opposed? The answer, informed by neurobiology, is that the opposite of pleasure isn’t pain but ennui— a lack of interest in sensation and experience.

Making Saves

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 17, 2015 In Excess
Extreme couponing is an activity that combines shopping skills with couponing in an attempt to save as much money as possible while accumulating the most groceries. Extreme couponers spend hours and hours on the internet or scouring scouring rubbish tips or supermarket car parks looking for coupons. But can it be addictive?

The Neuroscience of Female Orgasms

New hope for those who want more

How the Menstrual Cycle Affects Women's Libido

Unlike dogs and cats, women don't experience "heat," but studies show a libido spike around ovulation.

6 Reasons that Women Fake It During Sex

A woman’s faking an orgasm during sex with a man appears to be a fairly common occurrence. New research reveals that these 6 reasons are behind women’s tendencies to be fake during their most intimate moments.

20 Random Facts About Dating, Sex, Breakups and Divorce

Twenty random facts about dating, sex, breakups and divorce.

Spiders: Oral Sex During Mating Saves Males' Lives

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 11, 2015 Animal Emotions
Male Darwin's bark spiders have evolved a unique strategy for avoiding cannibalism during mating. They perform oral sex that seems to relax older females so that they are less likely to eat the males.

The Right Time For Sex

Bedtime sex is only one possibility. There are others, in case you forgot.

How to Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Lack of Orgasms

Most women who haven’t had their first orgasm are incredibly hard on themselves. They feel ashamed, embarrassed, defeated, anxious, unwomanly, self-conscious, and alone. Learn how you can transform your relationship with orgasm.

4 Reasons You're Not Having Sex

Women want sex as much as men do, but sometimes life gets in the way.