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

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.
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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.
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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?

The Dirty Little (Sex) Secret of Therapy

By Marty Klein PhD on November 22, 2015 in Sexual Intelligence
Patients should be safe assuming that therapists understand sex as it actually is, don't believe discredited myths, and can discuss anything.

Implementing Amy Schumer’s Orgasm Advice

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on October 26, 2015 in Stress and Sex
Amy Shummer is using her comedic genius to be an orgasm advocate. Now it’s up to you to take her advice and advocate for your own orgasm. It feels great, and Amy’s right: You deserve it and your clitoris and your communication are the key.

The Orgasm Gap: Simple Truth & Sexual Solutions

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on October 04, 2015 in 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 in All About Sex
The best evidence shows that circumcision doesn't impair men’s sexual function.
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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 in 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.
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Love, Sex, and Surrender

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on September 13, 2015 in 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 in 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

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on August 09, 2015 in Stress and Sex
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

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on July 11, 2015 in Stress and Sex
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

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in Stress and 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

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on June 14, 2015 in Stress and Sex
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.