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What Is a Vaginal Orgasm?

Vaginal orgasm results from stimulation in the vagina.
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A vaginal orgasm is a female orgasm that occurs due to stimulation in the vagina rather than directly on the clitoris. In some women, stimulation in this area can cause an increase in blood flow to the area, resulting in a build-up in tension. Once the tension is released, a vaginal orgasm occurs, which can cause contractions in the vagina and surrounding area. Many women are not able to achieve this type of orgasm, which some researchers believe is because the base of the clitoris, which is inside of the vaginal canal, is not close enough to the surface.

The two primary types of orgasm that a woman can achieve are clitoral and vaginal orgasms. The clitoris, located above the vaginal opening and beneath the clitoral hood, contains over 8,000 nerve endings that can cause a woman to experience sexual pleasure. When this gland is stimulated, it can cause a woman to reach orgasm. A vaginal orgasm, however, is reached through stimulation in the vagina itself, typically through penetration.

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Stimulation inside of the vagina can cause an increase in lubrication and blood flow to the area, increasing sensitivity of pleasurable nerves in the area. The increase in blood flow can cause a build-up of tension in this area of the body due to the higher than normal amount of blood. After a certain point, the blood flow rushes back, resulting in a release of the tension and causing a sensation of pleasure. This release, known as an orgasm, can cause enjoyable contractions of the muscles inside the vagina, rectum, and, in some cases, even the uterus.

While some women experience a vaginal orgasm due to the location of pleasurable nerves in the opening and outer third of the vagina, many researchers believe that a vaginal orgasm is also caused by the clitoris. In some women, the base of the clitoris, which is located inside of the vagina, is close enough to the wall to be stimulated from the inside, rather than directly on the outer part of the clitoris. This area, often referred to as the “g-spot,” varies in location by individual.

A large portion of women find it difficult or impossible to achieve this type of orgasm. While the reason for this varies, some doctors believe that this is because the base of the clitoris is not located deep enough or in a prime location in the vaginal canal to be stimulated from the inside. Difficulty achieving a vaginal orgasm can also be due to hormone levels or where a woman’s nerves are located in and around the vagina.

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anon318796
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@jennythelib: Recent research still suggests that "vaginal orgasm" is a myth, at least regarding the belief that it is distinct from a clitoral orgasm. Most scientists these days state that clitoral and "vaginal orgasms" are of the same origin; they state that what is often referred to as a vaginal orgasm is actually a kind clitoral orgasm because the clitoris is much bigger than was previously thought, extending into the vagina, and the "vaginal orgasm" (as separate from the clitoris) has never been proven.

And as research has consistently shown, most women (70-80 percent) need direct clitoral stimulation to orgasm. The vast majority of women do not orgasm from penetration of the vagina because the vagina has relatively few nerve endings, far less than the clitoris.

At least this article mentions that many women cannot achieve a "vaginal orgasm" and that "many researchers believe that a vaginal orgasm is also caused by the clitoris."

rugbygirl
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@jennythelib - I'm glad you pointed out the idea of the value judgment. I am all about women learning how to orgasm through every means available to them - but only for the fullest expression of their sexuality and the most fun possible. Not because some kinds of orgasm are "better" than others.

Something else to keep in mind is that even for women who are capable of achieving vaginal orgasm, the "traditional" woman-on-bottom position is still probably not the best way to go. A woman may need to be more in control of the angle, depth, and speed of penetration in order to achieve orgasm - that is, she may need to be on top (or some variation thereof).

And if you require clitoral stimulation - eh, so what? Personally, I'm a fan of bringing my vibrator into the equation. I refer to it as my husband's "assistant."

jennythelib
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I always thought that vaginal orgasm was a myth, but apparently the latest research suggests that it might indeed be a separate phenomenon from clitoral orgasm.

The problem is that in the past, and too often today, there have been value judgments attached to the two kind of orgasms. A vaginal orgasm was seen as more "womanly," more "real," while a clitoral orgasm was immature and masturbatory. So the woman asking how to have a vaginal orgasm may be asking not so much because she feels like she's missing out, but because she feels like she "should" be able to have orgasm through procreative sex.

But we now know that a lot of women, maybe even *most* women, are simply not capable of reaching orgasm through vaginal penetration alone. No, there is nothing wrong with you if you can't!

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