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Week 27-Is it true that some women never orgasm during sex?

February 27, 2009

To receive the weekly question per text, text FACTS to 90999.

Apparently some can orgasm over a really good tuna melt.

First things first:  what do we mean when we say “sex” ?  The question about never having an orgasm during sex is really about never having an orgasm during penile/vaginal intercourse.  Not “sex”, which can include a variety of fun activities.

Some thoughts:

  • According to surveys as much as 15% of the female population have never have had an orgasm.
  • 10% of women can only orgasm when they are masturbating.
  • About 35% of women will orgasm during intercourse.
  • The majority of women can orgasm with their partners – but that is when their partner is stimulating (licking or rubbing) their clitoris.

The majority of women can also orgasm when they are masturbating or using a vibrator. Most women need clitoral stimulation to have an orgasm – this is the key.

It is sometimes difficult to find a partner’s clitoris – some are small and some are hidden under folds of skin – talk to your partner about how you will know when you are being an attentive lover and giving her pleasure and how you can make sure you are actually touching her clitoris.  It is a wondrous little organ, and you may want to do some clitoral homework to learn more.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Education Department carefully selects all weekly questions. All questions are actual inquiries made to PPNNE by college-aged students.

Should you have a question you would like to see included, please send an email to goddess@ppnne.org

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