10 Orgasm Facts – And Why They’re Aaaah-mazing For Periods
Yes! Yes! YEEEES! If you’re yet to celebrate National Orgasm Day (July 31st) by getting your rocks off, our ahhhh-mazing orgasm facts might just get you in the mood for a knee-trembling, earth-shaker. Maybe later, huh?
1. The word orgasm comes from the greek word orgasmos, which means “to swell with moisture, be excited or eager.” Ooh-err.
2. Orgasms can relieve all kinds of pain for up to ten minutes, making them the perfect prescription for headaches or crippling period cramps. During climax, the body releases the hormone oxytocin that relaxes the uterus and promotes feelings of calm and happiness. Aaahh.
3. According to a research report, 95% of hetrosexual men say they usually, or always, orgasm when getting intimate, compared to only 65% of hetrosexual women. Surely this is a gap that needs to be sorted pronto? (excuse the pun)
4. Most women orgasm more frequently through oral or manual stimulation than intercourse.
5. The G-spot was named after Ernst Gräfenberg, the gynaecologist credited with discovering it in the 1950s. You can have a look for yours by inserting your (clean) middle finger into your vagina with the palm upwards – the slightly rough-feeling erogenous zone sits on the upper wall halfway between your vagina opening and cervix but can differ from woman to woman – some say it doesn’t exist at all.
6. If it takes a while for you to come, don’t fret (fretting will take even longer). Most women need at least 20 minutes of stimulation before they even get close.
7. Women’s orgasms get better as you get older, and you can still have orgasms until up until around 90 years of age. Hurrah!
8. The Big-O involves the pelvic floor muscles contracting in a series of rapid, wavelike pulses. Usually 4-10 contractions, separated by a second or so, makes up one orgasm.
9. 6% of women will orgasm during childbirth due to the stimulation of the vaginal canal and cervix, a study revealed.
10. During orgasm, for both men and women, the orbitofrontal cortex shuts down. This part of the brain controls reasoning and control – explaining why it’s so hard to stay quiet when you’re coming. Shhhh, you’ll wake the neighbours.
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