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How do men and women differ in terms of reaching orgasm?

Emily Nagoski
Emily Nagoski on behalf of Good In Bed
Psychology

Virtually all heterosexual men are reliably orgasmic from penile-vaginal intercourse, while only about a quarter to a third of women are. Another third of women are sometimes orgasmic from penetration, and the remaining third of women are never or almost never orgasmic from penetration. These results have been replicated over and over, in the lab and by self-report. And yet more than 90% of women can have orgasms by some modality -- manual or oral stimulation or vibrators, or even just from muscle tension and imagination. Still, men and women alike wonder if a woman might be dysfunctional if she never has orgasms from penetration. Penetration may be pleasurable for both men and women, but it’s not your best bet for women’s orgasm.

The Good in Bed Guide to Female Orgasms

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