Did you know? National Orgasm Day is commemorated on July 31st. It may seem like a strange holiday, but orgasms are one of the many joys of life! From health benefits to the various types, there are plenty of interesting facts on the subject. Here are just a few of the most fascinating facts about orgasms.
Men vs. Women
Generally speaking, men and women tend to have different experiences with orgasms. While the statistics may vary between sexes, neither has a monopoly over achieving orgasm, difficulty reaching climax, or “faking it.” Still, the numbers would point to men having an easier time reaching their peak, and as you can tell by the statistics below, women are less likely to orgasm. However, when they do, it typically lasts even longer than those of men.
- 68% of women have admitted to faking an orgasm with their partner, compared to only 27% of men.
- The average orgasm length for women is 13 to 51 seconds. For a man the average time is 5 to 22 seconds.
- Men have an 85% chance of climaxing during sex with a familiar partner. Women have a 63% chance.
- 55% of men orgasm during a first-time hookup. Only a shocking 4% of women experience the same.
Although the two sexes have different experiences during orgasm, both men and women can face difficulties when it comes to climaxing. Some men suffer from premature ejaculation, a condition which causes them to orgasm earlier than anticipated or desired. Although many people may be unaware, the issue doesn’t have to interrupt activities; there are treatments for premature ejaculation (PE). A lidocaine spray for PE can help men last longer by altering sensitivity, and hopefully bring their partner to experience the joys of orgasm as well. In comparison, some women face difficulties achieving orgasm and benefit from using a device to increase blood flow to the clitoris. This can help women achieve orgasm more easily and enjoy increased sexual satisfaction.
Orgasm Health Benefits
For both women and men, orgasms are part of a healthy lifestyle. Interestingly, there are both day-to-day and long-term benefits. The combination of chemicals that are released during orgasms play a large role in the process. Will an orgasm a day keep the doctor away?
- Reduces stress: orgasms cause the release of oxytocin in the bloodstream. This hormone helps to relieve tension, and also creates feelings of warmth, happiness, and love.
- Improves sleep: the relaxing qualities of oxytocin certainly will help you fall asleep, but another hormone can also assist. Prolactin creates a feeling of drowsiness, making orgasms the perfect, natural remedy.
- Reduces break-outs: orgasms cause a release of certain hormones and lower others. By balancing out these hormones, orgasms can lead to clearer skin.
- Improves immunity: sexual arousal and orgasm increases the number of leukocytes in the body, which are responsible for fighting infection and other diseases as part of the immune system.
- Lowers risk of prostate cancer: in both younger and older men, research has shown that frequent ejaculations reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Ejaculating 21 or more times per month lowers the risk by at least 19% when compared to men who ejaculate 4 to 7 times per month.
- Boosts menstrual regularity: by rushing blood to the pelvic area, orgasms help to regulate menstruation for women. The pain-relieving properties of oxytocin can also lessen the severity of period cramps.
Types of Orgasm
It may seem like there is only one type of orgasm, but in fact there are several for each sex. Some involve completely different regions of the body, while others require no touching at all. Not all orgasms require the release of reproductive fluids either. Here are some of the most interesting types of orgasm.
- Prostatic: directly stimulating the prostate can result in a more powerful orgasm that is sometimes felt throughout the entire body. This type of orgasm will not always produce a release of semen.
- Multi-ejaculatory: typically, men have a refractory period where they must physically recover from an orgasm. During this time, it is impossible to have another. However, some men are able to control their release, allowing for multiple orgasms before ejaculation.
- Energy: rather than touching the body, the use of breathing and muscular contractions to create an orgasm is possible with training. This type of orgasm can result in ejaculation as well.
- Nipple: this type of orgasm can be self-induced or by the help of a partner. Stimulating the breasts and nipples can be enough to bring on orgasm by itself, without touching any other parts of the body.
- Coregasm: although it’s not clear exactly how they occur, exercise-induced orgasms are possible. A majority of women who have experienced coregasms report them as the result of ab workouts, however, it is possible to achieve them through other forms of exercise too.
- Anal: achieved through anal sex or stimulation with a toy. Anal walls are full of nerve endings, which can cause an orgasm during a pleasurable experience. However, in many cases, anal insertion may be uncomfortable and should be stopped if causing pain.
Celebrating National Orgasm Day can be fun and good for your health at the same time. Sharing the experience with a partner can be even better if you’re willing to help each other achieve success. Despite what you may already know, there is a world of new things to try, so enjoy the celebrations!