While female orgasms have been (and still are) a bit of a mystery, even to the scientists who study them today, in ancient times women’s pleasure was worshiped and celebrated, where sacred prostitution, fertility rites and festivals, and voluptuous Venus statues with exaggerated breasts and vulvas were the norm.
Orgasms have often been called “La petite mort” or “little death,” however, there is nothing limited or meager about female orgasms. In fact, orgasms can come in a wide variety of incarnations and sensations on almost any part of the body, from quick contraction and release sneeze-type orgasms, to more expansive full-body Big “O’s” and outer-body experiences.
Sigmund Freud (1905) believed female orgasms were a problem to be solved, and first suggested that there were two types of female orgasms: clitoral and vaginal (or G-spot). However, he believed that the vaginal orgasm was superior to the clitoral orgasm, as it could be stimulated best by sexual intercourse. He dismissed clitoral orgasms as “infantile” and thought they were “a sign of sexual and psychological immaturity, and sometimes mental illness”1.
Contrary to Freud, Alfred Kinsey (1953) believed that there was only one type of orgasm women could experience which was clitoral. He considered the vagina to be “relatively unimportant” for sexual satisfaction, believing that vaginal orgasms are “a physiological impossibility” because the vagina has insufficient nerve endings for sexual pleasure or climax.2
Masters and Johnson (1957-1965) further established the importance of the clitoris in female orgasms, noting that the clitoris had elongated legs that traveled beneath the labia and most of their test subjects experienced clitoral rather than vaginal orgasms. Shere Hite (1976) further concluded that 70% of women do not experience orgasm via vaginal intercourse, but could easily reach orgasm via masturbation and clitoral stimulation. Feminist Anne Koedt dismissed vaginal orgasms altogether in her 1970s article, “The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm”3.
“Whenever female orgasm and frigidity is discussed, a false distinction is made between the vaginal and the clitoral orgasm. Frigidity has generally been defined by men as the failure of women to have vaginal orgasms. Actually the vagina is not a highly sensitive area and is not constructed to achieve orgasm. It is the clitoris which is the center of sexual sensitivity and which is the female equivalent of the penis.”
Further research around female sexual anatomy and orgasm continued with Beverly Whipple coining the term for the G spot back in the 1980s, and then the full clitoral structure being imaged using MRI technology, and renamed the Clitoral Urethral Vagina Complex (clitourethrovaginal or the CUV Complex) by Dr Helen O’Connell (2005).
So, it has only been recently that the entire clitoral structure was discovered, and female sexual anatomy and orgasm better understood.
But, we still have a lot more to learn.
Pioneer sexologist and former porn star Annie Sprinkle argues that there are seven types of female orgasms and believes that orgasms are like grains of sand, in that no two are alike. In her DVD, “Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm,” she and other sexual experts maintain that there are, in fact, multiple (if not hundreds) of ways to experience orgasm. Annie’s Seven Types of Orgasms include: Clitoral Orgasms, Inter-vaginal Orgasms, Combination Orgasms, Dreamgasms, Microgasms, Breath and Energy Orgasms, and Megagasms.4
In her “How to Be a Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps: Sluts and Goddesses” DVD, Annie experiences a five minute long Megagasm (also called a Super Orgasm or multiple orgasm) which she describes as “an intense full body experience, a deeply emotional experience, and for some a deeply spiritual experience… [which] generally lasts an extended length of time, from thirty seconds to in some cases up to an hour or two.”
Since then, many women have reported all kinds of crazy spontaneous orgasms that can happen in non-sexual zones such as Sneeze-gasms, hair brushing orgasms (the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response), Teeth brushing orgasms, Yawn-gasms, Foot-gasms, exercise-induced orgasms called Coregasms, Birth-gasms, Yoga-gasms, and orgasms that never go away (Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder).5
Did You Know That Women Can Have at Least 15 Different Types of Female Orgasms?
I believe knowledge is power. So the more ways that women explore orgasm, and know the possibilities for obtaining orgasms, the more ways they will be able to experience orgasms. Am I right? Makes sense to me.
And, while I agree, that is it important not to be goal-orientated, and to just enjoy pleasure for pleasures sake, and learn how your body responds to arousal, it certainly can’t hurt to learn all the ways that a woman can possibility orgasm.
The important thing to remember about the female orgasms in general is not to limit yourself and that there are limitless possibilities and ways of viewing orgasms. They are all unique in-and-of-themselves, and they will also be unique to you. Like Annie Sprinkle said, “orgasms are like grains of sand, in that no two are alike.”
Though there are many different definitions of female orgasms and not all sexologists agree, what works for you is most important, no matter how others define their own experience.
A clitoral orgasm is brought on by the stimulation of the clitoris either directly or indirectly (around the clitoris). Some women enjoy intense, direct stimulation of the clitoris, while others find it uncomfortable or even painful. The sweet spot on the clitoris, for most women is at the upper left hand quadrant of the woman’s clitoris (on some women it may be the opposite side). So if you are looking at the clitoris, that would be 2 o’clock and 11 o’clock. This area seems to be much more sensitive on most women.
The clitoris can be stimulated in a variety of ways including by the use of a vibrating sex toy, fingers, a lover’s tongue, the pressure spray of water from a facet, as well as indirectly through vaginal penetration. Clitoral orgasms are usually the first type of orgasm that women experience as they begin to explore themselves sexually through masturbation.
Clitoral orgasms are often described as the tension/release type of orgasm in which the clitoris is stimulated, sexual and muscle tension builds up, which then peaks in orgasm and the release of that energy. Clitoral orgasms can occur in a localized area (the clitoris alone) or the wave of orgasmic sensations and pleasure can spread from the groin, into the belly and through the entire body.
Clitoral orgasms can also be extended from 20 seconds to several minutes, although more than one minute is rare.
Most women (70%) do not experience orgasm through vaginal stimulation alone. Many women require clitoral stimulation to reach orgasm.
Recently discovered by American clinical researchers at the University of Chicago, the U-spot (or urethra) is a highly sensitive erogenous zone that can create strong orgasms and also takes part in female ejaculation.
The U-spot is located in the vulva, just above the vagina and below the clitoris. It surrounds the urethra opening (above and to either side) like an upside-down U and is a highly sensitive bundle of nerves as well as erectile tissue. This is where urine passes from a woman’s body, but also where female ejaculate comes from as well. So, it is closely related to the G-spot and urethral sponge (a spongy cushion of erectile tissue) which surrounds the urethra tube inside the body.
“The U-Spot is the common term given to the area that surrounds the opening of the urethra in women. This area can be particularly sensitive because the female urethra is surrounded by spongy erectile tissue that fills with blood upon sexual arousal. This spongy tissue extends from the anterior vaginal wall, around the urethra, all the way to the pubic bone. Anatomists have called this spongy tissue the Skene’s glands, or the periurethral glands. Some even call it the female prostate and believe this is where female ejaculate may come from. The skin that is directly over this spongy tissue, then, is known as the U-Spot. It’s already very sensitive on it’s own, but becomes even more sensitive once a woman gets sexually aroused.”6
The top and either side of the urethra is highly sensitive to soft stimulation, while the bottom is not very sensitive at all. It can be stimulated via oral sex, by finger stimulation with lots of lube or with the head of the penis. The best way to stimulate the U-spot is via oral sex, as you lick it softly like an ice-cream cone.
Inter-vaginal, G-spot, or cervical orgasms are all vaginal orgasms, however, G-spot orgasms feel different than cervical orgasms.
The G-spot is located 1-2 inches inside the vagina on the front wall and the stimulation of this area is what accounts of G-spot orgasms. G-spot orgasms can occur with or without female ejaculation.
Some women describe vaginal or G-spot orgasms as deep, intense, full-body orgasms. Many women who have experienced G-spot orgasms say these orgasms come after a number of little orgasms, when the sexual peak of the plateau stage continues to build.
For some women, G-spot orgasms can be more powerful that any other type and have been described by some as rolling waves of total sexual release or very oceanic. When experienced with female ejaculation, G-spot orgasms can be both intense as well as emotionally and physically draining.
Deborah Sundal, author of Female Ejaculation and the G-spot believes that G-spot orgasms and female ejaculation are also extremely healing. This is because the G-spot can hold trauma inside the tissue at the cellular, so a process called de-armouring can help release this pent up energy.
G-spot orgasms are obtained with the sexual stimulation of the urethral sponge. Stimulation can be achieved through vaginal penetration by G-spot vibrators or dildos, sexual intercourse with a partner, using fingers, or by fisting, as well as indirectly through the anus during anal sex.
It is true that the G-spot, G-spot orgasms and female ejaculation has been seriously hyped in the media and medical/sexual community. However, to discount that G-spot orgasms exist is to deny what many women do and have experienced.
The AFE Zone consists of two “spots” at the top side and bottom side of the cervix as shown above, called the A-spot (or anterior fornix and posterior fornix). These spots are deep recesses with “arches” that surround the cervix like the edge of a Frisbee, with deep grooves or a valley, and then a ridge.
The two fornix’ are made up of the anterior and posterior fornix: the posterior fornix which is the larger recess behind the cervix, close to the recto-uterine pouch (beside the rectum) and the anterior fornix that is close to the vesico-uterine pouch (beside the urethra and bladder). It is the anterior fornix that you would reach first when feeling inside the vagina at the back end, then the cervix, then the posterior fornix.
The AFE Zone has also been referred to as the epicenter, second G-spot or female degenerated prostate. These areas can be stimulated by a penis, fingers, or long dildo which can result in large amounts of sudden fluid emissions, as well as intense orgasms within 5-10 seconds of stimulation. The doctor who named these areas the A-spot, Dr. Chua Chee Ann, also claims that women can achieve 30-40 orgasms in one minute with practice.
In Taoism the cervix is called the third gate, with the clitoris being the first gate and the G-spot as the second. It is said that the gates must be opened (stimulated) in sequence to be able to open (turn on) the third gate. This make perfect sense, because as we know, the clitoris is usually the first part of the genitals you would stimulate to turn on the other areas inside the vagina.
The Cervix itself, lies at the very back of the vagina, past the G-spot. It is the entrance to a woman’s uterus and protrudes into the vagina, like a rounded button, resembling the head of a penis. This part of the cervix is called the Ectrocervix, while the opening into the uterus is called the Internal OS.
Cervical orgasms have been described as deeper, full-bodied, spiritual, expanded orgasms like an ecstatic tingling experience or “a shower of stars”. While clitoral orgasms have a quick peak and release, G-spot and Cervical orgasm come in waves of bliss, with pleasurable sensation that can last for hours.
Anal expert, Tristan Taormino notes that the “anus, anal canal, and rectum are wonderfully erogenous zones, rich in nerve endings and super-sensitive to stimulation and penetration. At the right angle, many women find that you can indirectly stimulate the G-spot through anal penetration.”7 Many sex experts recommend that you arouse yourself first until you are good and hot before attempting anal play and to continue stimulation throughout.
Warming Up: The Rosebud of Pleasure
Developed by massage therapist and sex educator Joseph Kramer8, this is a good way to begin exploring anal pleasure. First, begin with massaging your buttocks to get the blood flowing. Try squeezing your cheeks with your fingers, raking your fingernails over your ass, and even slapping it. Slowly begin to clench and unclench the asshole.
Next, lube your finger very well and rub the pad of you finger around the anal rim, exploring the sensitive rosebud. Lube up the crack and slide your hand up and down. Finally, when you feel ready, you can insert a finger inside the sphincter, gently stretching it and massage the silky skin inside. It is also recommended to stimulate other areas of your body as you would naturally, to get yourself good and aroused.
An anal orgasm can be achieved by stimulating the internal anus with fingers, toys or a penis.
“Stimulation of the anus, perineum, and rectum can engage the pelvic and pudendal nerves, which are implicated in the orgasmic response. The pudendal nerve also supplies the genitals with nerves and is thought to be most central to orgasm. The pelvic nerve connects the cervix, uterus, and prostate to the brain, and the hypogastric nerve relates to the vagina, cervix, and rectum. The role of the vagus nerve is less well understood, though research over the past decade has shown that some women with completely severed spinal cords can still experience orgasm and that the vagus nerve is the pathway.”9
Tantric sex coach Devi Ward says that, in her experience, anal orgasms feel quite different than clitoral orgasms and are much smoother. “We call clitoral orgasms ‘climaxes,’ because there are sharp peaks and sharp declines. [With anal orgasms] there’s a sense of fluidity… There is a flash, but it’s not this explosion necessarily; it’s more like a spreading: a warm opening and a relief sensation.”10
A nipplegasm is an orgasm that results from nipple stimulation. Approximately 29% of women have said they experience these types of orgasms.
In a 2006 survey, researchers found that 82% of young females reported enhanced sexual arousal due to direct nipple stimulation. While accounts of some women being able to obtain orgasms by breast and nipple stimulation alone, without any genital stimulation what-so-ever is not recent history, there is now real scientific evidence that proves this is indeed possible.
Studies done with brain imaging (fMRI) machines now prove that the same part of the brain, known as the “genital sensory cortex”, lights up when various body parts independently of one another. These include the clitoris, vagina, and, yes, the nipple. In other words, nipple stimulation is sexually wired to the same part in the brain as genital stimulation and is processed the same way. So, the nipples and breasts like the genitals can be highly orgasmic.
But, that’s not all.
Sucking and tugging on the nipples during sex helps to release the “love hormone” oxytocin, which is also produced when a woman breastfeeds. Oxytocin—in addition to helping create a feeling of love and bonding between mother and baby—is responsible for producing contractions in the uterus that help it get back into shape after birth. During sex, however, breast stimulation can cause the same contractions in the uterus, producing orgasms. Oxytcocin also creates a loving bond between sexual partners, and plays a role in long-lasting committed relationships (or love), and orgasms.
When a woman becomes sexually aroused her breasts can swell up to 25% and the nipples perk up and become erect. Nipples have over 800 nerve endings (the clitoris has 8000), and the nipples are even more sensitive when they are erect.
If the breasts and nipples are stimulated correctly, the nipples send tingles of sexual excitement to a woman’s genitals. Some women actually say that they feel a direct link between their clitoris and nipples during sexual stimulation and orgasms.
So, the breasts and nipples are both erotically hard-wired to a woman’s genital region, which is why it is definitely possible to give your partner orgasms from breast and nipple play.
In the 1972 film, “Deep Throat”, the main character, played by Linda Lovelace, seeks help from a doctor to aid her in achieving orgasm, only to find out that her clitoris is located inside of her throat and that she is able to have throat-gasms. While this may sound fictional, Tantra practitioners, like Eyal Matsliah says throat-gasms are actually a thing. Apparently, women can experience a throat orgasm during oral sex on a man, particularly when they are deep-throating.
The throat is connected to the vagus nerve, cervix and uterus, according to orgasm researchers Beverly Whipple and Barry Komisaruk, which can trigger orgasms. Singing or emitting powerful sounds can apparently sometimes “lead to longer lasting, powerful orgasms and even female ejaculation”. The mouth and throat are highly sensitive erogenous zones that contains more nerve endings than the vagina.
Interestingly enough, the vagina and the throat are intimately connected. The cervix comes from the Latin work meaning “neck” and as you can see by these images, the vagina and the throat are remarkably similar structures, each supported in function by a hammock-like set of diaphragmatic muscles which also happen to move in tandem with respiration.
Matsliah notes that during stimulation of the back of the throat, the pituitary gland is aroused. This part of the body is associated with the throat chakra in Tantra. He speculates that throat-gasms may also be caused from “the physiological effects of holding one’s breath and the suppression of the gag reflex…”, and can accompany the release of saliva during erotic arousal — a white, viscous foam — which is called “throat ejaculate.”
For some women, a throat-gasm can be a transcendent experience, often accompanied by pleasurable spasms. Throat-gasms can help open the throat chakra, resulting in greater self-expression of your authentic voice and inner-truth.
Kim Anami offers tips on achieving throat-gasms, which she describes as “delicious and sensual” including:
Adina, the founder of MyTinySecrets, says to use moaning and singing while giving head to overcome your gag reflex. Also make sure to choose the best position (going down on him from above, or laying on your back with the neck stretched back) to ensure you can comfortably give deep throat. Go super slow, relax your tongue, and breathe through the nose (inhale as he penetrates deeper and exhale as he withdraws) for best results.
Matsliah says the best way to experience this type of orgasm, like any orgasm is to become very sexually aroused first, then allow your partner to rub the back of your throat with their thumb, or penis, and try to keep it there for as long as possible without moving.
This type of orgasm takes a lot of practice for some women to achieve, and may not work for everyone.
Or, you could just take up singing!
A unigasm is a term that is used to describe a type of orgasm that comes from a single part of the female anatomy, which results in a build up and then climax in one area. This can be achieved through a nipple orgasm (nipplegasm) as well as through a clitoral orgasm.
Expanded or full-body orgasms are those that are not localized to just in the genital region, but can spread all over the body.
During energy orgasms an individual brings the orgasmic energy from one part of the body to another. These types of orgasms can channel sexual energy the Chakras, in a technique known as the micro-cosmic orbit, so sexual energy spreads throughout the entire body.
A combination orgasm is the opposite of a unigasm. So instead of focusing on one specific part of the body, you can combine different parts of the body and stimulate them at the same time to achieve a climax and orgasm.
Combination or blended orgasms are produced through a combination of various stimulation, both clitoral and vaginal (and sometimes anally or other erogenous zones) simultaneously.
Betty Dodson, the mother of masturbation who has been teaching orgasm techniques to women in hands-on workshops for over 30 years, says that these types of orgasms are easier achieved if you combine clitoral and vaginal stimulation with PC muscle contractions, pelvic thrusting, and breathing out loud.
Dual clitoral and vaginal stimulation can be achieved through dual-action vibrators (or Rabbits), or with two separate toys ( a clitoral vibe and a firm G-spot dildo), through sexual intercourse and by stimulating the clitoris with your fingers, and many other ways.
Simultaneous clitoris and G-spot stimulation combine the unique sensations of both clitoral and G-spot orgasms into a mind-blowing orgasm that results in a longer, deeper experience. Some women report that the combination orgasms are the most powerful of all types.
A Continuous orgasm is one that continues for a long period of time, typcally 1 minute and up to 20 minutes long or even longer (Mega-gasms). Rather than a quick peak and release orgasm, this orgasm is more like a rolling wave of pleasure that undulates in hill and valleys of intensity.
Annie Sprinkle demonstrated a 5 minute orgasm in her film: “How to be a Sex Goddess.” Also, a documentary that explores continuous or so-called “super orgasms” in “The Never-ending Orgasm” has many examples of continuous orgasms.
Multiple orgasms are a series of orgasms occurring within a short time frame, usually one right after the other, like pop corn popping. If a woman is continually stimulated after reaching orgasm the first time, her heightened state of arousal can invite orgasm after orgasm. While some women state that multiple orgasms occur during sexual intercourse, the majority say that they experience multiple orgasms with clitoral stimulation during masturbation. Other women experience multiple orgasms through the combined stimulation of clitoris and vagina.
There are women who can’t orgasm at all for various reasons. Most times this can be caused by trauma, or a psychological effect, and the inability to relax, allow pleasure and let go. It is most likely that every woman is capable of orgasm and multi-orgasms, but has not discovered how. There are a few however who experiences obstacles to orgasm including physical conditions that are preventing them from reaching an orgasmic climax.
A breath and energy orgasm is a type of full body orgasm that may begin in the genitals, but then the raw sexual energy is channeled up the chakras and throughout the body. Both men and women can experience full body, breath and energy orgasms. It can be a sexual experience, or a very spiritual and enlightening experience, or both. Energy orgasms was pioneered by Barbra Carrellas and Annie Sprinkles.
The experience of having an energy orgasm will be unique fir various people, but energy orgasms have been described as feeling like waves of ecstatic, electric energy coursing through your entire body and making you tingle all over. They are usually much more ecstatic than an “ordinary” type of orgasm (aka genital orgasm) and can last much longer, even hours. They are also transformative in that they bring greater body awareness and can be mind expansive, metaphysical as well as spiritual. Some people relate that they can feel the after effects of energy orgasms for days later.
Foot fetishes are the most common type of body-part fetish, and are extremely erotic to some people. So, it stands to reason that feet can actually be orgasmic too? After all, playing footsie is an erotic activity and so is pinking (sucking on toes for erotic pleasure), so why not a footgasm? And, as you can see by the reflexology chart above, there is an area of the foot that actually stimulates the genitals, so who knows!
According to Dutch neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Marcel Waldinger around 100 people have this phenomena, called, Foot Orgasm Syndrome (FOS), which happens mostly in the left foot (not the right).
The first studied was Mrs. A, a woman who “began experiencing orgasms in her left foot following a gallbladder surgery in 2008.”11 A year later, she suddenly started experiencing spontaneous orgasms in her left foot several times daily.
Dr. Waldinger writes: “These unwanted sensations felt like a real orgasm, of short duration (about 5–6 seconds), in absence of sexual desire or sexual thoughts. The orgasmic sensations were often accompanied by vaginal lubrication and urinary incontinence. She did not experience loss of consciousness during the orgasmic sensations. Mrs. A felt very embarrassed by these attacks and was worried about recurrences.”
Dr. Waldinger noticed when they stimulated Mrs. A’s left foot on a certain spot and via electrical impulses, the orgasm shot up to the middle of her body. “It’s very clear that when a woman has an orgasm, you hear it and you see it, and that is what we noticed.”12
How could this happen? Dr. Waldinger suggests, that Mrs. A experienced damage in her left foot, which mixed up her brain so it “thought that information that came from the left foot came from the vagina… The nerves from the left foot and genitals — the vagina — enter the spinal cord at the same level…” so the brain didn’t know which impulses came from her foot or from her vagina, resulting in an orgasm in her foot.
While this may not be the type of orgasm you would want to encourage, it is reasonable enough to say, that orgasm starts in the brain, and therefore any are of the body could become orgasmic if triggered a certain way.
So, how many types of female orgasms are there anyway? I’ve kind of lost count? One thing is certain however, and that is, there is more that just one kind, as some researchers may believe, which is the clitourethrovaginal or the CUV Complex. Yes, clitorial and G-spot orgasms may come from the clitoris, but that doesn’t account for why they feel different, and why they light up differently in the brain. And, then there are nipplegasms and throat gasms, neither of which are connected to the clitoris. In fact, the only organ connected with all orgasms is, again… the brain.
So perhaps orgasm should be defined by what goes on in the brain, rather than the body? Like Annie Sprinkle, I believe there can be 100s of types of orgasms that could be possible. Like stars in the universe, our orgasm potential is unlimited (or at least enormous), and who knows what incredible ways we will be able to orgasm in the future?
Previously published at http://evokingecstasy.com/15-types-of-female-orgasms/
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