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And when depictions of sex in the media are thrown into the mix, the gap between expectation and reality widens even further. In 50 popular video clips included in the study, only In a recent survey53 percent of men and 25 percent of women in the United States said they had watched pornography in the past year.

How much of a role does the clitoris play, and, most importantly, what do women want when it comes to achieving sexual satisfaction?

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A study by Prof. Osmo Kontula — from the Population Research Institute at the Family Federation of Finland in Helsinki — asked more than 8, women in Finland about their sexual experiences. Most of the women under the age of 35 who participated in the study had experienced their first orgasm through masturbation. For around a quarter of these, this happened before the age of 13, and for a tenth, before the age of But the average age at first sexual intercourse was Most women did not experience an orgasm at this time — in fact, only one quarter of survey participants had reached an orgasm during intercourse within the first year that they started having partnered sex.

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For the remainder it took much longer, and having sex still does not guarantee orgasm for everyone. Kontula found that inonly 6 percent of women said that they always had an orgasm during penile-vaginal intercourse, 40 percent said they had an orgasm nearly always, 16 percent of women had an orgasm half the time, and 38 percent had one infrequently.

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A total of 14 percent of women under the age of 35 had never had an orgasm from intercourse. Sincethe of women experiencing orgasm during intercourse always or nearly always has fallen from 56 percent to 46 percent. Kontula dug deeper.

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According to Prof. Interestingly, while over 50 percent of women in relationships said that they usually experience orgasm during sexual intercourse, this stood at 40 percent for single women. Kontula also postulates that women increasingly rationalize sex, as a result of social expectations and media depictions. Simply put, thinking does alight desire, but orgasms come when thinking ceases. How thoughts affect sexual pleasure was recently investigated in a survey of women. Nan J.

Wise, Ph. Using functional MRIshe found that imagining stimulation of the clitoris and nipple versus self-stimulation of these areas affected different areas of the brain. Wise explains.

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What is clear is that, biological pathways and anatomical details aside, women know how the clitoris fits into their personal experience of orgasm. A study paper by Prof. Herbenick went one step further in her study and asked women about the type of clitoral stimulation that they preferred, irrespective of whether it was necessary for orgasm or not. Two thirds of women preferred direct clitoral stimulation, and the most popular motions were up and down, circular shape, and side to side. Around 1 in 10 women preferred firm pressure, while most preferred light to medium touch on their vulva.

There is clearly no one-size-fits-all answer to the female orgasm.

As part of Prof. But it is important to appreciate that there was not one category that no women found appealing. For instance, although the study found that the majority of women did not find watching sexually erotic videos or DVDs very appealing, While there were no differences in how men and women rated many of thesome behaviors were clearly more favored by men than by women.

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For example, men found anal sexual behaviors including anal sex, anal toys, and anal fingering more appealing than women. The same was true for oral sex both giving and receivingwatching a partner undress, and watching a partner masturbate. So, what is the secret sauce to reconciling the differences in interest that sexual partners may have? It might seem to be an obvious solution, but when examining research into sexual behavior and sexual satisfaction, the issue of communication crops up time and time again.

Whether it is talking about sexual desires, preferences, or problems, those who can talk openly with their partner report more orgasms and are less likely to say that their sex drive is low. Sex is strongly linked to happiness.

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The female orgasm: What do women want? Written by Yella Hewings-Martin, Ph. The female orgasm in research.

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