Study: Lesbians have the most orgasms

Women have the least predictable, most varied orgasm experiences -- unless they're having sex with other women

Published August 19, 2014 7:25PM (EDT)

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux in "Blue Is the Warmest Color"
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux in "Blue Is the Warmest Color"

Lesbians are having more orgasms than other women, according to science. New research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine shows distinct differences in orgasm rates across sexual orientations, indicating that women who regularly have sex with women climax more frequently than women who have sex with men.

Pooling self-reported data from 2,850 single adults (1,497 men and 1,353 women), researchers asked participants to denote their gender, sexual orientation and the percentage of time they orgasmed with a familiar partner, on a scale from 0 to 100. The findings reveal that male participants experience the least variation in orgasm rate, but the highest rate of orgasm with a familiar partner overall. Heterosexual men reported an 85.5 percent orgasm rate, gay men an 84.7 percent rate and bisexual men a 77.6 percent rate. For women, however, the results showed major disparities. Heterosexual and bisexual women reported orgasm rates of 61.6 percent and 58 percent respectively, while lesbian women reported the highest average rate by far: 74.7 percent (!).

The study offers a few possible explanations for the difference, including the hypothesis that "self-identified lesbian women are more comfortable and familiar with the female body and thus, on average, are better able to induce orgasm in their female partners." As far as implications are concerned, study co-author Justin R. Garcia told the Huffington Post that the findings could provide a roadmap that ends with more (and better) orgasms for everyone.

"To the extent that lack of orgasm is seen as a common and unwanted problem, learning more about orgasm in same-sex relationships may inform treatment for men and women in both same-sex and mixed-sex relationships," Garcia said. "Consequently, these findings may contribute to promotion of a more informed and positive sexual health care." And that's never a bad thing.




By Jenny Kutner

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