Vaginal and clitoral orgasm

Vaginal and clitoral orgasm are distinguished by the way it is achieved (clitoral stimulation or stimulation of the vaginal walls). Subjectively, sensations in these variants of orgasm may differ (primarily in the “strength” of orgasm), but no differences in the biological processes leading to pleasure have been found.

The study of vaginal and clitoral orgasms on has been going on for a little over a century. At the very beginning of the 20th century, the theory of Sigmund Freud was published, which received mass distribution. Based on his observations, the clitoral orgasm is characteristic of young women, and psychological maturation leads to the possibility of experiencing a vaginal orgasm. Freud believes that the inability to experience a vaginal orgasm without additional stimulation of the clitoris by a woman speaks of her psychological immaturity. Since Freud’s first publication on the subject, the clitoral and vaginal orgasms have been opposed to each other, with the vaginal orgasm given a more prominent place.

It is curious, but true: thanks to the theory of the psychoanalyst (whose role should be to improve the psychological comfort of women), many women who do not experience a vaginal orgasm without additional stimulation of the clitoris (and these are approximately 50% of all women) consider themselves “inferior”, because they do not experience a “real” orgasm. However, a curious substitution has occurred in this whole concept: speaking of clitoral and vaginal orgasms, we do not claim that these are 2 fundamentally different orgasms (as Freud did not), but only the ways to achieve it are different. Therefore, talking about “real” and “fake” orgasm is completely wrong.

Achieving orgasm with various stimulation options

So, for more than 100 years, the issue of achieving orgasm with various stimulation options has been studied. What are the approximate results?

  1. Only about 50% of women are able to experience a vaginal orgasm without additional stimulation.
  2. With simultaneous stimulation of the clitoris (with fingers or toys) during vaginal sex, orgasm can reach 71% of women;
  3. with a combination of vaginal sex, additional stimulation of the clitoris and oral sex – 86%.
  4. Interestingly, the absence of the fact of intercourse does not at all reduce the chances of an orgasm: 79% of women can experience an orgasm during clitoral stimulation (on their own or with the help of a partner) or oral sex.
  5. 90% – when combining caresses with hands and oral sex.

Obviously, the role of the clitoris in achieving orgasm cannot be underestimated. It has been established that the distance between the urethra (and, therefore, the entrance to the vagina) and the head of the clitoris affects the likelihood of an orgasm during vaginal sex (due to stimulation of the clitoris by the partner’s penis). This distance varies over a fairly wide range: from 1.6cm to 4.5cm. It is believed that a distance of 2.5 cm or less provides a very high probability of having an orgasm during intercourse.