5 Ways Women Can Orgasm That Don’t Involve Sexual Activity

5 Ways Women Can Orgasm That Don’t Involve Sexual Activity

Women don’t need to have sex in order to reach orgasm. In fact, they don’t necessarily even need any genital stimulation at all. Here are five ways women can experience what scientists call “non-genital” orgasms.

1. Some women can literally think themselves to orgasm.

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11 Scientific Facts About The Female Orgasm

11 Scientific Facts About The Female Orgasm

How much do you know about the female orgasm? Check out the list below for 11 of the most interesting facts scientists have discovered about women and their orgasms. Which one is your favorite?

1. The rule of thumb: the distance between a woman’s clitoris and her vaginal opening is associated with her likelihood of orgasm during vaginal intercourse. The smaller the distance (particularly if it's a thumb-width or less), the more likely she is to reach orgasm. Why? The clitoris receives more indirect stimulation when it’s closer to the action.

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Why Does The Female Orgasm Exist?

Why Does The Female Orgasm Exist?

Women have the potential to become pregnant whether or not they reach orgasm during vaginal intercourse. This observation has generated a long-standing scientific debate about why women have orgasms in the first place. If the female orgasm is not essential for reproduction, then what purpose does it serve? Although scientists do not yet agree on the answer, a number of interesting theories have been offered.

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15 Scientific Facts About Orgasm

15 Scientific Facts About Orgasm

Think you know everything there is to know about the topic of orgasm? For today’s post, I’ve compiled a list of 15 of the most fun and interesting scientific facts about the big O. Do you have other favorite orgasm facts? Please share them below!

1. Multiple orgasms are real. In fact, it is thought that most women are capable or having more than one orgasm in a row. Men can have multiple orgasms too, but this ability is rare and, among men who have it, it doesn’t seem to be quite as strong as it is for women. Consider this: the most orgasms documented in one hour is 134 for women and *just* 16 for men [1].

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Why Do Men Have Nipples? (VIDEO)

Why Do Men Have Nipples? (VIDEO)

As part of my Human Sexuality course, I teach about sexual anatomy in both biological females and males. During my anatomy lecture, it is not uncommon for students to ask about the significance of the male nipple. If it doesn't appear to serve any biological or reproductive function, then why is it there? The answer is that during the initial stages of gestation, our bodies all begin developing toward the female form, regardless of which chromosomes we have. This creates the basis for a lot of common structures in the male and female body, including the presence of nipples. It is not until later in development that the male and female bodies begin to differentiate physically and functionally, but by that point, the nipples have already become a permanent structure. For more on the science behind this, check out the short video below.

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Nipple Stimulation And Sexual Arousal In College Men And Women

Nipple Stimulation And Sexual Arousal In College Men And Women

Despite the fact that sexual scientists have long considered the breasts and nipples to be among the human body's biggest erogenous zones, there has been surprisingly little research on the role that one's chest actually plays in sexual arousal. For example, are there differences in the degree to which men and women enjoy and desire breast and nipple stimulation, and do people feel comfortable requesting this activity? Check out the infographic below for a revealing look at how young men and women feel about breast and nipple action in the the bedroom.  

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Do “Nipple Orgasms” Really Exist?

Do “Nipple Orgasms” Really Exist?

Sexual scientists have long known that women have different routes to orgasm. Nearly a century ago, even Freud argued that women can either have clitoral or vaginal orgasms. Although some of those early scientists got a lot wrong (e.g., Freud actually argued that clitoral orgasms were a sign of "immaturity"), they at least correctly recognized that there is variability in how women reach and experience orgasm. Indeed, modern research has confirmed that women report orgasms originating at different sites in their bodies and that women’s subjective experience of orgasm is not necessarily consistent across time [1]. However, perhaps the most surprising thing to emerge from all of this research on the female orgasm is that some women appear able to reach orgasm without any genital stimulation at all.

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Why Do Straight Men Like Breasts So Much?

As you may have noticed, heterosexual men seem to have a certain fascination with women’s breasts. Society feeds into this by putting the female chest on display everywhere from Hooters restaurants to nudie magazines to beer advertisements. But how do we explain men’s obsession with these two mounds of fatty tissue? If you ask guys why they like breasts so much, you probably won’t get too much insight other than “I don’t know—I just do.” So what do scientists have to say? Most theories, including a brand new one from the book The Chemistry Between Us, suggest that there is an evolutionary basis for it.
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Sex Question Friday: Do Genital Piercings Increase Your Risk For STDs?

Sex Question Friday: Do Genital Piercings Increase Your Risk For STDs?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a college student who wanted to know about the potential sexual infection risks associated with genital piercings.

Is it easier to pass on infections (or STDs) when one or both partners have piercings on their genital organs?

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The Female Orgasm: Nature’s “Fantastic Bonus?”

The Female Orgasm: Nature’s “Fantastic Bonus?”
Sexual scientists do not agree on why the female orgasm exists. Most of the theories that have been offered to date suggest that the ability of women to climax during sex is an evolved adaptation. For instance, some researchers have argued that orgasm promotes bonding between a woman and her partner, while others have argued that the female orgasm is a “sperm retention mechanism” that increases the odds of conception by drawing sperm further into a woman's reproductive tract. Another provocative theory that has received somewhat less attention suggests that there may not be any adaptive value at all to the female orgasm and that the pleasure it provides is nothing more than a “fantastic bonus” that accompanies being a biological woman.
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