Better Sex and More Orgasms, According to Science

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“The results suggest a variety of behaviors couples can try to increase orgasm frequency.”

We’ve long known that there is a distinct difference between the likelihoods of women and men orgasming during sex. It’s a phenomenon so established it has a name– the orgasm gap.

It can sometimes feel like simply being a woman makes it harder for you to orgasm during sex. Now, new research suggests your gender may not matter as much as the gender of the person you’re having sex with, and what they do. In a study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers analysed the responses from over 52,000 participants in an online survey about sexual orientation and satisfaction.

So who has the most and least orgasms?

Straight women have it the worst, with only 65% of them saying they always or usually orgasm during sex. Compare this to the whopping 95% of straight men who say they do, and the orgasm gap starts to look like the orgasm Grand Canyon. Interestingly, this figure is 86% for lesbian women, but drops down to 66% for bisexual women. For gay and bisexual men, it’s 89% and 88% respectively.

Reports of own orgasm frequency in past month: the white bars represent the proportion of people who always orgasm during sex. (source)

So your best bet if you want to orgasm during sex? Don’t have sex with a man.

No, we’re kidding. Sort of. The survey also asked participants about their sexual practices to determine which moves were more likely to lead to orgasm, so here are some actual science-backed tips that might help.

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