Women Are Having More Orgasms—Almost As Many As Men
We might only make 76 cents to the dollar, but when it comes to orgasms, a new survey of more than 5,000 people has found things are looking way up (and pretty equal) for women.
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The 2015 SKYN Condoms Millennial Sex Survey asked 2,814 women and 2,302 men between the ages of 18-34 a series of questions about their sex lives and found that millennial women are orgasming from sex almost as often as men.
Nearly 90 percent of the women surveyed said they typically reach the Big O during sex, compared to 97 percent of millennial men. While men still come out on top, those odds aren’t too shabby for women.
We do have one advantage: 44 percent of women say they typically have “at least two” orgasms during sex, compared to 36 percent of men.
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And while nearly 60 percent of millennial women say they’ve faked an orgasm, only nine percent say they fake it “always” or “most of the time.”
What’s behind the boost in orgasms for women?
Emily Morse, sex expert and host of the podcast “Sex With Emily,” says it’s all about knowing what we want—and speaking up. “There are so many more products and so much more information available for women now to feel more empowered around their sexuality,” she says. “They also understand what they want in bed and are more comfortable telling their partners.”
She points out that previous generations were socialized to believe that sex was all about a man’s pleasure, but millennials understand that women have just as much of a right be satisfied in bed—and they’re demanding it.
Millennial women also have fewer inhibitions about their bodies and are more likely to stimulate their clitoris during sex, both of which definitely help, says clinical sexologist Kat van Kirk, Ph.D.
Unfortunately, Morse says there will likely always be a gap between our ability to orgasm and that of men because there are so many more factors that go into the female orgasm.
“Women are less mechanical than men," she says. "Their brain is their largest sex organ, so they have to be in the right mindset. An orgasm won’t necessarily happen every time, and it’s okay.”
Aren’t visiting O-Town as often as you’d like? “Masturbate more,” says Van Kirk. “The more a woman can become familiar with her own body and sexual response, the more likely she will self advocate and provide direction to partners.”
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So don’t be afraid to speak up in the bedroom—and to take matters into your own hands when you need to. You’re worth it.