The Orgasm Deficit : Why have so many women never had an orgasm?
by OneTaste Living Library Jul 8, 2014
Brittany* will never forget her spring break trip during junior year in college. She was headed to St. Augustine, Florida, with a group of friends. By coincidence, her ex-boyfriend from high school was going to be there too.
"I knew we'd hook up, and so did everyone else. I even Brazilian shaved for the first time. After dinner, all our friends just disappeared to give us privacy. We went back to the hotel room pretty quickly after that," she says. "At first, I was nervous and tense. I was not prepared for him to give so much attention to the area, but I guess I just hadn't thought that far in advance yet. And then the sensations became more intense than I'd ever felt, and before I knew it, I was having an orgasm. It was such a surprise, I actually cried a little because I was so overcome by the sensations."
It was her first orgasm — and also her last.
Brittany, who is now 29 and married, hasn't been able to achieve orgasm in nearly 10 years. She's tried with different sex positions, oral sex, and masturbation, and nothing has worked.
"I've been close a bunch of times, but I'm either too obsessed with getting there that I can't relax, or I wind up overstimulated and just lose it," she says. "I can still remember what it felt like all those years ago. It's like this high I can't get back."
The latest data from the Kinsey Institute indicates that 20 to 30 percent of women don't have orgasms during intercourse. But the number is likely much higher, says Carol Queen, staff sexologist and researcher at Good Vibrations, a feminist adult toy shop and education center in San Francisco. "The statistic my colleagues and I have been citing lately is that roughly 70 percent of women rarely or never have orgasms with intercourse. That makes it the norm," she says. "I think most people have no idea so many women have this problem." Though this number does not come from a scientific study, she says there's a general consensus among her peers in the sexual health community about how high it is.
Compare that with the fact that 75 percent of men climax every time they have intercourse. Men who can't sustain an erection or achieve orgasm during sex have been given a medical diagnosis: erectile dysfunction. And it affects a lot of them –approximately 20 to 30 million in the U.S. But while the FDA has approved 26 sexual enhancement treatments for men, it has developed zero for women.
This is before you factor in porn, which Queen says just makes things worse. While some porn is produced as sex ed, most porn "leaves out significant parts of the sexual response cycle and arousal process," she says. "It's also a performance medium, which may mean people act out arousal and orgasm instead of experiencing and naturally depicting it. It's like learning about love from a romantic comedy, and of course some of us do that too."
Women today not only feel like everyone is having sex, but everyone is having the best sex ever, which apparently means ending in a mind-blowing orgasm. As a result, it's difficult to turn off the thought that you should be having orgasms or to stop wondering when it's going to happen.
And a lot of women are wondering. Readers of Cosmopolitan.com write in on a weekly basis asking questions about love, sex, and relationships, and one of the most common topics is women's difficulty with orgasm, often with the underlying tone of something being wrong with them. Here are just a few of the queries related to the orgasm deficit:
"I can't come. Me and my boyfriend have tried everything. But after a while I just get uninterested, sore, and tell him to have his way."
"Me and my boyfriend have started having sex. He's my first and I've been faking my orgasms so I don't hurt his feelings. Is there anything I can do or say that could subtly get me to the Big O without him knowing or hurting his feelings?"
"I never had an orgasm. Yes, I know, quite a statement and quite a problem. I've never been in a relationship, but did have sex with people I loved. But I always faked it. I've tried on my own and even though I enjoy it, again, I can't orgasm. And oral — it's more like, why bother? I'm a normal 22-year-old, I'm healthy and I think I'm normal down there. So, I don't get it, why can't I?"
"I have had four sexual partners and till now not even one of them have made me have an orgasm. I have not even been close. We've tried many positions but nothing works, and this has always been the main reason for my breakups. What can I do? The problem is obviously me."
Read the entire article here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a28359/orgasm-deficit/