17 Things You Never Knew About The Female Orgasm, But Totally Should


Looking to unlock the pleasure principle? The key to great sex is knowledge, so with that in mind, it's important to look into things yo never knew about the female orgasm, but totally should. Like Betty Friedan said, “No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor.” But how do women climax? Well, every woman is different. While one woman might enjoy gentle strokes, another only gets off on hard thrusts. There are a couple things you should know about the female body that can help orgasms be less mysterious, and all about pleasure. However, female orgasms can be a tricky topic, especially because not all women experience them.

For the women who have trouble achieving orgasm, you're not alone. Only 57 percent of women climax from sex with a partner, according to new data from Cosmopolitan's Female Orgasm Survey. So it seems that there's still a lot to learn about how to get off, or how to get her off. Sure, orgasms can be faked, but why on earth would anyone want to do that? (unless you're two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley who reenacted the famous When Harry Met Sally scene for a Vanity Fair short film). I've always thought the brain is the sexiest organ. It's my go-to erogenous zone (my imagination goes really wild), but I think I'm onto something. The more you know about the female orgasm, the better it will be, and here's why.

1Most Women Require Clitoral Stimulation To Climax


Nearly 70 percent of women need clit stimulation to orgasm, according to Huffington Post. And for good reason. Alternet noted, the clit contains 8,000 nerve endings, which makes it super sensitive (for comparison's sake, there are 4,000 nerve endings in the penis). The more nerve endings in an organ, the more you're going to feel a sensation.

2Only One Quarter Of The Clitoris Is Visible


As Alternet explains, there's more to the clit than meets the eye and you should get to know your clit in its entirety. The majority of the organ is inside the body, and "only the clitoral head and the hood are located outside the body." Knowing where you clit is will only help you achieve the ultimate orgasm.

3Some Women Can Orgasm From Just Kissing


Research Gate, a medical journal, reported that 20 percent of women can orgasm from kissing alone. Pucker up!

4Some Women Can Orgasm From Breast Stimulation


Yes, this is also true. The Journal of Sexual Medicine reported women's brains seem to process nipple and genital stimulation in the same way. Bear in mind that breast sensitivity changes from person to person, and as you know, with your menstrual cycle.

5Women Can Orgasm From Anal Sex


Slate reported that in fact, with the right partner, women can have an anal orgasm. I like to think of the anus as an equal opportunity orifice. Everyone can come from it.

6Some Women Can Orgasm During Childbirth


Now that's what I call pushing it real good! According to Live Science, a very small percentage of women (0.3 percent) can orgasm during childbirth.

7Some Women Can Orgasm From Working Out


Usually I'm in pain during my Soul Cycle class. But hey, if I can be one of the lucky 10 percent of women who climax during exercise, according to Huffington Post. Sign me up for two classes a day. There's even a book all about how to exercise for sexual pleasure: Dr. Debby Herbenick's The Coregasm Workout teaches you how to have an exercise-induced orgasm.

8Female Orgasms Increase Circulation


As Dr. Jennifer Berman, co-founder of the Female Sexual Medicine Center at UCLA , told to Huffington Post orgasms increases circulation and helps keep tissue healthy. And to further support the claim that orgasm gets the blood flowing, Self reported that female orgasms can lower blood pressure levels.

9Orgasms Relieve Stress


No, it's not just relief that you got laid properly. Berman also told Huffington Post that the hormones released during orgasm relieve stress.

10Orgasms Are Good For Your Complexion


More than afterglow, the hormones released during the female orgasm, notably, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), can make your skin healthier, Berman explained to Huffington Post.

11Orgasms Can Relieve Headaches


And here I thought headaches were the perfect excuse to get out of sex. Cosmopolitan UK reported that 48 percent of regular headache sufferers had their pain cured by orgasm. I will take an orgasm over Advil any day.

12The World Record Masturbating To Climax Is Hours Long


According to Cosmopolitan UK, one woman spent 6 hours and 30 minutes masturbating in order to finish. She holds the world record for masturbating to orgasm, and um, seems to have a lot of time on her hands.

13The French Call Female Orgasm A Morbidly Sexy Name


As artist Ntalie Krim told Huffington Post, le petit mort is slang for an orgasm in French and means "a little death." She explains that it's like when a [partner] "makes your heart stop." I'm just enough of a romantic to swoon over this kind of stuff.

14The Female Orgasm Doesn't Last Long


According to Cosmopolitan UK, the average female orgasm lasts about seven seconds. However, for some lucky gals, orgasm can last up to 20 seconds.

15You Can Train Your Vagina To Have A Better Orgasm


And it all starts with kegels. Emily Morse, founder of the new app Kegel Camp, told Women's Health that doing kegels can intensify orgasms. Just like any other muscle, your vagina (and your orgasm) can benefit from exercise.

16The G-Spot Isn't Necessary For An Orgasm, But


A lot of women have a hard time discerning the G-spot. And while it's not necessary to orgasm from G-spot stimulation, it's pretty GREAT if you can get there. The G-spot O (from personal experience) feels deeper and (for me, at least) makes my whole body tingle from the inside out. Toni Weschler, author of Taking Charge of Your Fertility, explained in her book that to find your your G-spot, search "one to two inches inside your vagina, on the same side as your belly button." So, get down there and feel around.

17Female Orgasms May Help You Conceive


If you're trying to conceive, take pleasure in the fact that some experts believe that uterine contractions during female orgasm help propel the sperm into the cervix, claimed Parents. So the more likely you orgasm, the more likely you are to conceive.