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Vaginal Orgasms

While no one disputes that clitoral orgasms exist, some have wondered if vaginal orgasms exist, and if all women can have them. I came upon this story about vaginal orgasms:

In a series of essays published, experts examine past and current data about the female orgasm. Their overarching conclusion is that the clitoral orgasm (whose existence no one seems to dispute) is a separate phenomenon from vaginal orgasm(VO). “We have plenty of evidence regarding the difference between the two main orgasms, clitoral and vaginally activated orgasm,” Emmanuelle Jannini, a professor of endocrinology at the University of Aquila who organized the series, told LiveScience.

Not all of the contributing experts agree.  French gynecologist Odile Buisson argues that the internal parts of the clitoris can’t be separated from the vagina, so therefore neither can the two types of orgasm. Essentially, she believes that a vaginal orgasm is just a clitoral orgasm achieved through slightly different means. However, other researchers — including Jannini — make the case for a greater distinction between the two as well as the existence of other types of orgasm. (Remember those exercise-induced “coregasms” that made headlines a few weeks ago?) […]

Even if vaginal orgasm is more available to women than previously thought, it doesn’t work for everyone, or even most women. ABC News reported that up to 75 percent of women have trouble having orgasms from vaginal penetration alone, and that 10 to 15 percent have trouble having an orgasm at all, and yet many women still feel they’re doing something wrong if they can’t “achieve” the ecstasy that seems to come so easily to porn stars and models in perfume ads during intercourse. A simple Google search turns up hundreds of postings on Yahoo message boards from women who feel inadequate because they can’t achieve a specific type of orgasm — or any orgasm. These posts have titles like “I can’t have a vaginal orgasm…and it’s affecting my relationship?” “I have never had an orgasm through penetrative sex, am I normal?” and “Is it normal that I have never had an orgasm?!?”

About Jen

Have been a jack of all trades. I'm a former philosopher who specialized in ethics and political philosophy. I'm a sex positive feminist.

One comment on “Vaginal Orgasms

  1. I feel really sorry for those 75% of woman. My gosh.

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