The female orgasm: how to have one...contd.
The clitoris, the G-spot and female ejaculation
For most women, an orgasm is possible with a little bit of effort and it tends to get easier and easier with practice. Women who haven’t ever had an orgasm (known as pre-orgasmic) may not yet have worked out how to reach the point of climax. Often they learn to do so when armed with the right information and open to self play.
What is an orgasm?
An orgasm is like a mini ‘explosion’ that brings immediate relief from the sensations preceding it. When a woman is aroused, blood rushes to the genitals and pelvis, filling and swelling the clitoral network, vagina and anus. The clitoris pops up, the inner lips of the vulva swell and take on a deeper hue, the breasts swell and the nipples become erect. The vaginal opening also becomes smaller, while the inner third of the vagina balloons upwards. Some women develop a red rash on their chests or neck from increased blood flow.
With ongoing stimulation, she experiences a rush of blood to the pubic area, intensifying to the point of an ‘explosion’ caused by sudden and simultaneous contractions of the vagina, clitoris and anus, and a pulsation in the walls of the uterus. The contractions follow at around 0.8 second intervals (the same as for men) and cause the blood to flow back to the rest of the body. A woman can experience anything from three to fifteen contractions in one orgasm, which is followed by minor ‘tremors’ as the body returns to its normal state. An orgasm lasts on average 28 seconds but can be shorter or longer.
What are multiple orgasms?
All women are capable of having multiple orgasms, most sexologists believe. Multiple orgasms entail having one or more orgasms after an initial orgasm, without the loss of arousal. Sequential orgasms – where a woman has a number of orgasms during one sex session - are not the same as multiple orgasms, however. Multiple orgasms are experienced more or less as one long orgasmic wave of pleasure. In general, more mature women have a greater ability to have multiple orgasms.
How to induce an orgasm
While most women don’t orgasm during intercourse (unless the G-spot or clitoris is stimulated directly), they almost always do during masturbation, either with their hand or an object (hair brushes are a favourite, as are vibrators). One of the surest ways for a partner to coax a woman to climax is with oral sex. As it takes an average of 20 minutes of oral stimulation for her to climax, the person giving oral should settle into a comfortable position.
Certain conditions may enhance a woman’s ability to reach orgasm, such as a comfortable environment, feeling close to and relaxed with her partner, and being sufficiently stimulated to be well lubricated. Yet sexual excitement is such an individual experience that it is impossible to prescribe behaviour that is guaranteed to lead to an orgasm. Most women, either on their own or with their partners, can teach themselves to have an orgasm by exploring different types of stimulation to discover what works for them.
A word about goalposts
Our intention in this section on female orgasm is to inform women of their options rather than to imply that anyone is somehow missing out on a ‘bigger’ orgasm out there somewhere. Sex should never be goal-orientated nor make anyone feel that they are experiencing less than they ‘ought’ to.
We are often amazed at the sheer range of sexual experiences that people enjoy, and we believe that the more open women are to trying new techniques and discovering what truly excites them, the more satisfying and fulfilling our sex lives will be.
The definitive 'how to' guides: G-spot, clitoris, female ejaculation
The next part of this article looks the G-spot (how to find it, how to stimulate it), the clitoris (how to stimulate a clitoral orgasm) and female ejaculation (what is it, how to attempt to ejaculate).
The OhZone definitive guide to the G-spot
How to find the G-spot /
The G-spot is not in the vagina /
How to stimulate the G-spot /
The best G-spot positions /
How to have a G-spot orgasm
The OhZone definitive guide to the clitoris
How to find the clitoris /
How to stimulate the clitoris
The OhZone definitive guide to female ejaculation
What is female ejaculation? /
Do all women ejaculate? /
How to ejaculate
Sources of information:
Go Ask Alice! – Alice!, Health Promotion Program, Columbia University
Supersex – Tracey Cox
The Big Bang: Nerve’s Guide to the New Sexual Universe – the writers at Nerve
The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex - Cathy Winks and Anne Semans
How to help your female partner have orgasms and Are you having trouble reaching orgasm? A guide for women - David Delvin and Christine Webber (authors of The Big ‘O’) in netdoctor
The sex inspectors masterclass – Tracey Cox and Michael Alvear
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