Olivia Harvey
August 30, 2017 8:22 am

Women have come a long way in asserting what we want when it comes to healthcare, equal pay, and respect to that of our male counterparts. But when it comes to sex, heterosexual women are still having orgasm-related communication issues with their male partners.

Researchers from Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion and the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction ran an online survey asking over one thousand women what gets them excited in the bedroom.

Only 18.4% of women said that intercourse alone led them to orgasm, while 36.6% of women said they needed clitoral stimulation to get there.

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Another 36% of women polled said that although clitoral stimulation isn’t necessary, when it’s involved, their orgasm is better. Interestingly enough, one recent study conducted by Chapman University, Indiana University, and the Kinsey Institute revealed that heterosexual women orgasm 65% of the time, whereas women in same-sex relationships orgasm at an 86% rate.

Oh, and straight men orgasm 95% of the time….just in case you were curious.

The same study  found that heterosexual women who communicate what they want to their male partners are more likely to experience orgasm. And while this seems obvious, for so very many women it’s so much easier said than done. Women are still conditioned to put other’s needs before their own, as well as conditioned to feel guilty about vocalizing what they want.

So until women are taught to truly feel like they have a voice next to their male counterparts, these statistics likely won’t get much better. Let this serve as a reminder to ask for what we deserve — in the bedroom and out.

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