The differences between the male and female orgasm
Believe it or not, and despite the large anatomical differences between ‘sexual organs and equipment’ – male and female orgasms are remarkably similar.
Women have been known to describe orgasms as warm, electric, tingly and pulsing, with sensations spreading from their vagina into their lower pelvis.
Men often describe their orgasms as a feeling of warmth, followed by pressure as they prepare to ejaculate. After ejaculation, they describe the feeling as intensely pleasurable, sharp contractions, also mainly situated in the pelvic area.
In 1969 a study was performed in London and it noted that there was no significant differences with regards to either blood pressure or heart rate during orgasm for both genders.
A study completed at the University of Minnesota Medical School measured the intensity, duration and frequency of pelvic muscle contractions for both sexes and it concluded there was little difference in the strength or pattern of contractions. It has also been noted that both sexes have similar raised levels of oxytocin during orgasm (the touchy feely hormone that induces feelings of love and affection).
MRI scanning has also been involved in the search for differences, and the preliminary results by Nan Wise and Barry Komisaruk concluded that the frontal cortex lit up in both sexes. Whilst there were slightly different brain patterns – there were more similarities than not.
There are differences, though. For instance, the majority of women are able to orgasm again within a short time period if stimulation is continued. Men, on the other hand, often require a little ‘time out’ before going another round. The only instance in where men can experience multiple orgasms is if they learn to have an orgasm without ejaculating – and that takes some practise!
What could be the reason for the similarities?
A simple answer could be that during the first three months of pregnancy, the foetus is exactly same for males and females. It is only in the later stages of pregnancy that gender can be diagnosed.
So – there you have it in a nutshell. There aren’t really any major biological differences. We both have contractions, there are plenty of endorphins and hormones swimming around (if you’re doing it right, anyway 😉 ), and both parties release a little bit of fluid – some more than others.
If you are desperate for a few differences… here you go:
Men are much less likely to be unable to orgasm than women. YAY! Don’t get carried away guys because alas, you’re also much more likely to experience premature ejaculation than women. BOO! Oh and women have that multiple orgasm thing going for them… did I mention that? 😉
Fun Orgasm Facts:
- They can reduce stress
- They can also relieve pain – so the headache excuse is null and void ladies!