Differences in Orgasm Frequency Among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Men and Women in a U.S. National Sample

  • David A. Frederick
  • H. Kate St. John
  • Justin R. Garcia
  • Elisabeth A. Lloyd
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10508-017-0939-z

Cite this article as:
Frederick, D.A., John, H.K.S., Garcia, J.R. et al. Arch Sex Behav (2017). doi:10.1007/s10508-017-0939-z

Abstract

There is a notable gap between heterosexual men and women in frequency of orgasm during sex. Little is known, however, about sexual orientation differences in orgasm frequency. We examined how over 30 different traits or behaviors were associated with frequency of orgasm when sexually intimate during the past month. We analyzed a large US sample of adults (N = 52,588) who identified as heterosexual men (n = 26,032), gay men (n = 452), bisexual men (n = 550), lesbian women (n = 340), bisexual women (n = 1112), and heterosexual women (n = 24,102). Heterosexual men were most likely to say they usually-always orgasmed when sexually intimate (95%), followed by gay men (89%), bisexual men (88%), lesbian women (86%), bisexual women (66%), and heterosexual women (65%). Compared to women who orgasmed less frequently, women who orgasmed more frequently were more likely to: receive more oral sex, have longer duration of last sex, be more satisfied with their relationship, ask for what they want in bed, praise their partner for something they did in bed, call/email to tease about doing something sexual, wear sexy lingerie, try new sexual positions, anal stimulation, act out fantasies, incorporate sexy talk, and express love during sex. Women were more likely to orgasm if their last sexual encounter included deep kissing, manual genital stimulation, and/or oral sex in addition to vaginal intercourse. We consider sociocultural and evolutionary explanations for these orgasm gaps. The results suggest a variety of behaviors couples can try to increase orgasm frequency.

Keywords

Orgasm Orgasm frequency Communication Relationship length Sex differences Sexual orientation 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Frederick
    • 1
  • H. Kate St. John
    • 1
    • 2
  • Justin R. Garcia
    • 3
    • 4
  • Elisabeth A. Lloyd
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Crean College of Health and Behavioral SciencesChapman UniversityOrangeUSA
  2. 2.Division of Behavioral and Organizational SciencesClaremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA
  3. 3.Department of Gender StudiesIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  4. 4.The Kinsey InstituteIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  5. 5.Department of History and Philosophy of Science and MedicineIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA