Orgasms aren’t as easy to come by as you might think. Research suggests as many as 1 in 3 women struggle to come from sex, so don’t take it for granted if you’re one of the lucky ones. However, we have good news if you’re not one of the ladies who gets off easily through intercourse.
There are at least 10 different subcategories of orgasms, which means it’s possible you just haven’t discovered your particular mode of pleasure yet. And if you have, there are plenty more to explore.
Some experts prefer to divide orgasms into three broad types — genitally focused (e.g., a clitoral orgasm that many of us have had through sex or masturbation), full-body (e.g., vaginal orgasms, which are more intense and aren’t just exclusive to feelings in your vaginal area, despite the name) and blended (more on those below). But we were intrigued enough to want to find out exactly what a more granular breakdown of orgasm types looks like.
Here are 10 different types of orgasms according to experts.
A clitoral orgasm is a direct response to stimulation of your clitoris. “This is the most common type of orgasm a woman can have, most likely because the clitoris is so accessible,” says sexologist Dr. Emily Morse. “Once you’ve found it, it’s fairly easy to stimulate, whether by yourself or with a partner.
G-spot orgasms aka vaginal orgasms are the second most common type of orgasm but they’re quite a bit more elusive than clitoral ones. It can be more challenging for many women to achieve because of the G-spot’s location, which is located about 2 inches inside the vagina on its upper wall. Plus, it requires about 15 minutes of consistent, direct stimulation to make the magic happen.
When G-spot orgasms happen, your pelvic and hypogastric nerve systems can trigger a fuller-body orgasm (rather than just focused in the genital area), and even vagaculation — aka squirting.
A blended orgasm is: a combination of both clitoral and G-spot stimulation. Blended orgasms are the mind-blowing result of a combination of internal and external stimulation. How will you know them? Since double the number of nerve systems are being activated, you’ll experience double the arousal and pleasure. If your orgasm feels ultra-strong occasionally, it could be that you’re having a blended orgasm.
Cervical orgasms are a result of direct stimulation of the cervix, which is located in the most interior part of your vagina. A cervical orgasm can be achieved when the woman is already really aroused. If she’s not aroused enough, it can be painful. Cervical orgasms can take time and practice and can generally only happen with a dildo, vibrator or penis, which are long enough to actually reach your cervix.
According to research, “Only about 10 percent of people enjoy cervical stimulation. “It can be achieved through very deep penetration and activates three nerves, which tends to create a fuller-bodied or even sometimes a blended orgasm.”
Multiple orgasm is having at least two orgasms during a single sex session . This is what we call “the holy grail of pleasure”. Multiple O’s happen from consistent, often indirect stimulation. Many women struggle to have them due to sensitivity, but patience is key.
Want to up your odds of having more than one orgasm? Take a short break or catnap after your first climax before going again.
There are other body parts, circumstances and factors that can up your orgasm potential or strength, including your nipples. Nipples are not often used to their full orgasmic potential. Stimulating the nipples releases oxytocin, which causes sexual arousal in women, including vaginal muscle contractions and an increase in blood flow to the genitals. So don’t neglect them.
It’s possible to have an orgasm without a partner, a sex toy or even your hands. You can have a ‘mindgasm’ by combining deep-breathing techniques with meditative erotic thought and controlled Kegel contractions.
That’s right! Women can have wet dreams too. During Sleep, if your dream is hot enough, the blood flow to your vagina will increase and can lead to your very own nocturnal orgasm.
This is nothing new, and certainly isn’t uncommon. Sex research pioneer Dr. Alfred Kinsey found that almost 40 percent of women had experienced at least one wet dream — and that was back in the ’50s!.
Some women actually orgasm while they exercise, a type of orgasm nicknamed “coregasm.” “Most people who’ve experienced it say it’s not as intense as sexual orgasms”, says Dr. Carolyn DeLucia, a gynecologist at VSpot Gyno Spa. “It usually happens after a strenuous cardio workout, which quickens the heart rate and releases endorphins, followed by a lower-abdominal workout, which increases blood flow to the vagina, sometimes causing mild orgasm.”
Exactly how it happens is still up for debate but the one exercise that was found to be most often associated with coregasms is a leg-raising and ab workout known as ‘Captain’s Chair’. Worth a try!”
Music-gasm or Skin-gasm
This one comes last because, while it feels good, it definitely doesn’t feel as good as the others . Frissons aka a feeling of chills, goose bumps or a tingling spine can happen as a result of a sudden change in music or sound. While it can be felt as a physical wave of pleasure that may even make you shudder, it’s not usually a sexual experience. There’s a reason why many people who have felt a ‘music-gasm’ or ‘skin orgasm’ often associate the two. They trigger the same response in the brain. Both an amazing song and a sexual touch releases dopamine, resulting in that feel-good sensation.