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article imageSex study: Lesbians orgasm more than straight women, but not men

By Marcus Hondro     Aug 26, 2014 in Health
Research from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University in Bloomington found that lesbians have more orgasms compared to straight women. Overall though, men still come first.
The study, "Variation in Orgasm Occurrence by Sexual Orientation in a Sample of U.S. Singles," was sponsored by the dating site Match.com, though the site did not provide the participants. Those came from 2,850 single Americans who voluntarily responded to an online questionnaire and who ranged in age from 21 all the way up to 80.
Here's an exert from the Institute's press release (note the numbers are based on sex with a familiar partner):
On average, men experience orgasm 85.1 percent of the time, with their sexual orientation making little difference. For women, however, orgasm occurrence is less predictable. On average, women experience orgasm 62.9 percent of the time during sex with a familiar partner - and this pattern varies with women’s sexual orientation, with lesbian women experiencing orgasm more often than heterosexual or bisexual women.
For lesbian women, their orgasm rate during sex with a familiar partner was 74.7 percent of the time, while for heterosexual women their orgasm rate was just 61.6 percent of the time; the rate for bisexual women, according to the report, was down at 58 percent.
The orgasm rate for men was not statistically different between gay and straight men (84.7 and 85.5 percent respectively) but bisexual males, as with bisexual females, came last (the rate of orgasm during sex with a familiar partner for bisexual men was 77.6 percent of the time).
"To the extent that lack of orgasm is seen as a common and unwanted problem," the researchers wrote. "Learning more about orgasm in same-sex relationships may inform treatment for men and women in both same-sex and mixed-sex relationships."
Some researchers are less sure of what these results might mean. Nicole Prause, who is a sex researcher at the University of California, expressed doubts about the study when queried by Reuters Health. She feels woman may not be having that many orgasms.
"I would be shocked if they’re not over-counting," she said. “I don’t think they’re lying. I think they really believe they’re having orgasm. If they’re having fun, keep having fun. But...maybe they’re reporting orgasms just when they’re having a pleasurable sensation."
The research was published online last week in the 'Journal of Sexual Medicine.'
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