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Decoding the Elusive Science Behind the Female Orgasm


Understanding the science behind female orgasms is anything but simple. It is often said that they are like snowflakes, no two are the same. But, it is also surprising to note that about 20% of women are considered to be pre-orgasmic. This means that they have never experienced an orgasm in their life (a major shoutout to all men who are falling behind).

So, how does a female orgasm occur?

Instead of a single episode, a female orgasm is a combination of different responses. These are:

  • Physiological response
  • Emotional response
  • Psychological response

In fact, each erogenous zone of a woman’s body is linked to a separate part of the brain (no wonder science has to intervene in fun activities to save the day).

What Happens During a Female Orgasm?

From an experiential point of view, women start breathing deeply and quickly, their voice becomes high pitched (especially when they are calling out their partner’s name) and everything is just paradise-adjacent. But, unlike male orgasms, all this takes time to reach. Milestones are reached slowly and in pulses at first, and then escalate quickly before drifting away and returning with full intensity.

Nucleus Accumbens, an area of the brain, is intensely stimulated as women near climax. This releases a hormone known as Dopamine that is solely responsible for the unimaginable sense of pleasure.

For most of the men who do not know this, there is a difference between vaginal and clitoral orgasms. For some women, intercourse is just a part of the journey with clitoral stimulation being their ‘OMG moment’. Therefore, there are (at least) two different ways to make a woman orgasm. Make sure you try them all!