A recent study by Therrien and Brotto examined the associations of orgasm during intercourse, concordance of laboratory genital and subjective arousal, and demographic variables in a group of sexually dysfunctional women. The authors claimed that their results cast doubt on the large body of multi-method multi-national research demonstrating that women's orgasm from penile-vaginal intercourse, and specifically vaginal orgasm are associated with a broad range of indices of women's better psychological, intimate relationship, and psychophysiological health. The problems with Therrien and Brotto's conclusions are discussed, and include that they did not even measure vaginal orgasm they measured orgasm during intercourse, which can in some cases consist of orgasm elicited by clitoral masturbation during intercourse , and the non-generalisability of their findings from a sexually dysfunctional sample to the general population of women. Evidence is also presented against their claims that findings regarding orgasm during intercourse have not been investigated by other researchers, and their denial of differences between vaginal orgasm and clitoral orgasm. Denial of the myriad benefits of vaginal orgasm undermines women's sexual and general health potential, and serves only the demands of political correctness.
A woman's history of vaginal orgasm is discernible from her walk
September 17, weblog. It also asserted the major factors in achieving vaginal orgasm were sex education focusing on its benefits, and being mentally tuned into vaginal sensations during intercourse. The study, to be published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine , aimed to examine the effects on vaginal orgasm of childhood or adolescent education, focus on vaginal sensations during intercourse, and preference for a longer than average penis. The researchers studied 1, Czech women , who all self-reported their experiences of orgasm and durations of foreplay and intercourse. The scientists found that vaginal orgasm was associated with all their hypothesized correlates, with the most important being sex education that led women to believe the vagina was important for orgasm, and focusing mentally on vaginal sensations, an ability which they thought might have been influenced by the sex education.
An artist and a child collaborate during a community paint day that brought residents out of their homes and into the street to participate in the rejuvenation of the neighborhood. Photograph by Steve Weinik. Printed with permission. We congratulate Higgins et al.