How many types of orgasms are there

How many types of orgasms can women actually have?

Even in 2016, after gravitational waves were discovered and quantum computers were developed, the female orgasm is one of the greatest mysteries of our solar system. Much has been discussed and researched, but since the times when Sigmund Freud women who quickly reached orgasm were still hysterical did not seem to have changed much.

There is even disagreement about whether orgasm is the climax of sexual experience. While men in particular often insist on orgiastic ejaculation as the zenith of every sexual intercourse, with women it is in most cases much "more than that" and the physical feeling alone is not decisive for the quality of the sexual interaction.

"I like to rail against Freud, who said that the only thing that is a mature orgasm is a vaginal orgasm," the sexologist Anja Drews told Motherboard. "I take the assumption that every orgasm is caused by the clitoris, because it is is much larger than previously assumed. It not only consists of the small glans of the clitoris, but also encloses the vaginal opening with its thighs. "

Experts also argue about how many forms of female orgasm there are. While The Verge lists that one could speak of five forms of orgasm, the American sexologist Lou Paget even lists ten possibilities for female climax. How many types of orgasm there actually are depends primarily on what defines an orgasm and how the anatomy of the female lower body, and especially the clitoris, is structured.

The fabled orgasm-inducing G-spot is still being debated. This zone, located on the anterior vaginal wall, named after its discoverer Ernst Graefenberg, is said to swell when sexually stimulated and become active as an erogenous zone when a certain degree of arousal is reached. However, both the location and the existence of the G-spot is highly controversial among researchers and has not yet been mentioned in any anatomy textbook.

"The G-Spot is the Yeti of Sexology."

In the spirit of Freud's teaching, the G-spot was for a long time the moral justification for vaginal orgasm, as the woman reached climax here solely through stimulation through the penis. However, current studies refute this explanation and doubt whether a purely vaginal orgasm is even possible.

In 2003, Malaysian gynecologist Chua Chee Ann brought with the Anterior Fornix Erogenous Zone also includes the so-called A point in the discussion, which he claims to have found by chance during an investigation. According to Ann, the A-spot is between the G-spot and the cervix and gives a third of women multiple orgasms with proper stumulation.

A sexual technique that is usually mentioned more in the male orgasm is that of urethral stimulation. Since the Latin name of the urethra is urethra, the U point is also used here. The female urethra is surrounded by the deeper extensions of the clitoris. When the U-point is stimulated, for example by vibration or the insertion of objects, the stimulation is transferred to the clitoris and can lead to orgasm.

The cervical orgasm, for which pressure must be exerted on the cervix or cervix, enjoys varying degrees of popularity among women. Most women, however, find this type of penetration rather uncomfortable to painful, so a general recommendation for this rather gynecological technique cannot necessarily be made. Even anal penetration can rarely be regarded as a guarantee of orgasm without additional stimulation.

“In my opinion there is only one orgasm and that is the clitoral one. In women who do not come vaginally, the glans of the clitoris, in which 8,000 nerves come together, is simply too far away from the vaginal entrance, "says sexologist Drews. Even Napoleon's great-great-niece Marie Bonaparte suspected that at the beginning of the 20th century to heal her Frigidia had surgery to move the clitoris closer to the vaginal opening, but to her desperation, it was unsuccessful.

The structure of the clitoris | Image: Wikipedia | Hariadhi | CC BY-SA 3.0

This deeper and widely branched structure of the clitoris was not officially discovered until 1998 by the Australian urologist Helen O'Connell, who found that the clitoris is at least twice as large as shown in the anatomy books. "The clitoris is closer to the urethra and covers a much larger part of the anterior vagina wall than previously thought," says O'Connell. "The erectile tissue is even larger than in men." Vagina and clitoris are therefore not two independent body parts, but are in interaction with regard to the excitement.

The ideal of both partners having an orgasm at the same time during penetration depends heavily on the position in which the clitoris is best aroused. At the same time, however, it is above all a clichéd fantasy that can even have a counterproductive effect on the arousal of the female sex and which puts many women under pressure. The attentive partner should therefore not only pay attention to whether the orgasm is clitoral or, as is unfortunately still often propagated, best vaginally, but also ensure that the climax is reached in beautiful synchronicity.

"A female orgasm is much more susceptible to failure than that of a man," explains Anja Drews. "When a man reaches the point of no return, he comes to orgasm. With a woman, it's more like a sneeze, which can be liberating but also suppresses it. Women can stifle orgasm. " As a rule, this susceptibility to failure is not due to their own physical inadequacy, as many women assume with excessive self-criticism, but once again to social influences.

Anja Drews | With kind approval

“Through the upbringing in which everything is washed, scrubbed and kissed, only the small part between the thighs is neglected in the loving attention, even girls are given a strange feeling about their vagina. With boys, the preoccupation with the penis is much more natural, "says Drews. Also anchored in society, women find it difficult to allow their own lust connoted with "improper" uncontrolledness.

In addition, magazines, advertising and diet trends convey an almost unattainable figure ideal to women of our world, which inevitably leads to an almost socially expected dissatisfaction with their own body. This combination of conditions does not make it easy for a female orgasm. A woman can only experience the feeling if she can allow it and is not inhibited by disturbing thoughts and emotions.

There are also more approaches to the definition of orgasm itself than that of the much-cited orgiastic climax, which confuses many women and whose firm conviction that they have never experienced an orgasm sometimes turns out to be wrong. The only fault is the exaggerated expectations of an orgasm, which says: If you don't experience real fireworks, something seems to be wrong. And even those who do not intensively experience the classic three to 15 muscle contractions of the pelvic floor, which twitch through the lower body at intervals of around 0.8 seconds, are not automatically "frigid".

Emily Nagoski writes in her book "Come as you want" (a somewhat clumsy translation of the original title "Come As You Are"): "An orgasm is the sudden, involuntary release of sexual tension", but cleverly avoids any physical reactions Because an orgasm goes far beyond the physical feeling and the contractions of the pelvic floor muscles, it may also be very weak or even unsatisfactory.

Neuroscientist and psychophysiologist Nicole Prause sees the key to an orgasm in a physical reaction, but despite their different approaches, Prause and Nagoski agree on one essential thing: Both are convinced that every orgasm is an individual experience and any discussion about it Types or forms of orgasms is obsolete.

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But even if the vaginal orgasm ultimately seems to be based on just clitoral stimulation, what about the G-spot and all the other physical variations that make women soar towards their sexual climax? “The G-spot is the yeti of sexology, as the sex psychologist Christoph Joseph Adlers once aptly described it. We research like crazy, but so far no one really knows what is going on downstairs, "says Drews." In addition, each woman's ability to excite is different. Some women even get an orgasm when they cross their legs and the Press the thighs tightly together while tensing the pelvic floor firmly. The Malaysian gynecologist, who allegedly found the A-point, which lies between the G-spot and the cervix and is supposed to be even more sensitive, should be treated with caution. Personally, I would first of all Change the gynecologist if his examination methods trigger an orgasm in me. "

Still other women can orgasm while sleeping, by vibration, or when someone accidentally touches their chest on the bus. The assumption seems justified that somehow the clitoris always seems to be involved, which is stimulated by movement of the pelvis or tension of the pelvic floor and thighs. Amazingly, however, science still faces a great mystery. “Maybe you shouldn't always know exactly how it all works. A good feeling for the body still helps a lot more for the sensation than a knowledge of the exact physical process. "

The American pioneer of female sexual liberation and sex educator Betty Dodson is also doing this. Her credo is: an orgasm is an orgasm is an orgasm. Maybe it's that simple.

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