Multiple research papers in the past claimed that men, in general, are likely to climax more frequently than women. The discrepancy was so blatant, that the scientific community dubbed the effect the “orgasm gap”. However, a new nationwide study looked at several aspects past gender and analyzed whether an individual’s sexual orientation has something to do with their frequency of orgasm. As expected, it turned out that heterosexual men do indeed reach climax more frequently than individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
The paper was recently published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. For the survey, the researchers focused on a sample of more than 52,000 participants between the ages of 18 and 65. Out of the total number of subjects, 26,000 identified as heterosexual men, 550 said they preferred the company of both men and women, and 452 identified as gay men. Furthermore, 24,000 female participants identified as heterosexual, 1,112 as bisexual, and 340 as lesbian women.
The Chapman University researchers asked the participants questions regarding their orgasm frequency during intercourse in the past month. Also, one key aspect of the study was how often did the participants engaged in oral sex within the month prior to the study. Other questions referred to how open the subjects were to each other when speaking about sex, the duration of their last sexual encounter, and the healthiness of their relationship.
At the end of their survey, the researchers concluded that men are indeed more likely to climax more frequently than women. Also, it seemed that sexual orientation had an effect on the said frequency, as well. Hence, 95 percent of straight men reported they usually-to-always climaxed when intimate. Gay men came in second place, with 89 percent of the participants reporting they reached climax during sexual intercourse. Finally, even though an impressive statistic, only 88 percent of bisexual men reported having an orgasm when intimate.
In a surprising turn of events, straight women were less likely to reach climax with their partners, as lesbians were 89 percent more likely to orgasm during sexual intercourse, and 66 percent of bisexual ladies reported having an orgasm within the past month. The researchers speculate that lesbian women had a greater understanding of how different behaviors in bed influence the frequency of orgasms.
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