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9 facts you need to know about orgasm

By Fareeda Abdul Aziz
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Orgasm is the sudden discharge of accumulated sexual excitement during the sexual response cycle, resulting in rhythmic muscular contractions in the pelvic region characterized by sexual pleasure.

It is experienced by males and females, orgasms are controlled by the involuntary or autonomic nervous system

Ever ponder the science behind orgasms? Maybe not — especially when you’re smack-dab in the middle of one. But it turns out there are plenty of interesting things to know about sex's crowning glory. For example, were you aware that some people can think themselves into having an orgasm — or that men have G-spots, too?

The sexual climax can be mystifying long after you’ve learned about the birds and the bees. here are some facts we gathered about orgasm.

It may take more than 10 minutes for a woman to orgasm.

Many women take longer to climax than their male partners, and that's perfectly normal. Experts say most women require at least 13 minutes of sexual activity to climax.

According to a 2018 study, 10 to 40% of women report having difficulty or an inability to reach orgasm. So your inability to hit your climax is more common than you think. The issue is that there are so many reasons why a person may not be able to orgasm, that it’s hard to pinpoint your exact cause.

Multiple orgasms are real

In fact, it is thought that most women are capable of having more than one orgasm in a row. Men can have multiple orgasms too, but it is less common among men and the guys who have them don’t seem able to have quite as many orgasms as women. Consider this: the most orgasms documented in one hour are 134 for a woman and *just* 16 for a man.

READ ALSO: 7 Reasons why women might not be able to orgasm

Some women experience premature orgasm

A 2011 study of Portuguese women found that 14% of respondents reported that they reach orgasm before they would like to at least occasionally, and another 3% reported that this happens frequently.

Not all sperm are created equal

Take any given sample of sperm released during the male orgasm, and you’ll find some that are dead or immobile and others that are relatively speedy (they get even speedier in response to chemical signals from a woman’s vagina and egg).

“Sperm should move at 30 micrometers per second or more,”  Also, they should generally move forward, rather than simply bouncing around in one spot.

Orgasm gets better with age

There are plenty of things to gripe about when it comes to age, but your sex life isn't one of them. It turns out that as you get older, the quality and frequency of orgasms can improve.

Orgasms can relieve pain

When you have a headache, it's pretty common to go to bed. But you shouldn't be sleeping. There is some evidence that orgasms can relieve all kinds of pain, including pain from arthritis, pain after surgery, and even pain during childbirth.

Using a condom doesn't hamper your orgasm

A lot of people think that because sex can often feel better without a condom that their orgasm will too. But that's not the case. "Women are equally likely to experience orgasm with or without a condom.

In fact, condoms may help a couple spend more time having sex, as a man doesn't have to 'pull out' quickly if he's worried about ejaculating too soon.

Some people have orgasms without any genital or nipple stimulation

In fact, cases have been reported of individuals who can think themselves to orgasm or reach orgasm through mundane activities, such as touching their eyebrows or brushing their teeth.