The Female Orgasm: 15 Interesting Facts (Part 2)

We already brought you part one of this list of important facts about the female orgasm. We talked about how some women can achieve climax through exercise, or that doctors used to prescribe them medically. Here is part two of our list.

Number Eight: Nature’s Pain Killer

A woman’s pain threshold increases more than 100% during an orgasm. This effect lasts for up to 10 minutes afterward as well.

Number Seven: 70 Percent of Women Don’t Have One From Sex Alone

So don’t think your boyfriend is doing something wrong if it doesn’t happen for you from sex alone. Most women need direct clitoral stimulation in order to reach climax.

Number Six: Your Lateral Orbitofrontal Cortex Shuts Down

You’ve probably noticed that it’s hard to focus on anything else when you are in the throes of an orgasm. This is because the area behind your left eye actually shuts down at this time. This is the area responsible for reasoning and behavior control.

Number Five: The Average Female Orgasm Lasts 20 Seconds

The entire process is not a very quick affair. In fact, the ordeal lasts an entire 20 seconds in the average woman. Doing certain pelvic floor strengthening exercises can increase the intensity and quality of this.

Number Four: They Improve Your Sense of Smell

Orgasms increase your body’s release of a hormone called prolactin, which stimulates the smell center of the brain. Pregnant women also have high levels of this hormone, which is why they have a heightened sense of smell.

Number Three: Some Women Have Them During Childbirth

It sounds crazy, but according to a 2013 study, 0.3 percent of women have experienced climax during labor. This could be a conservative estimate, though, since experts believe that many women may be too embarrassed to admit this phenomenon.

Number Two: Anorgasmia

There is a disorder that exists called Anorgasmia, which occurs in about a tenth of females. It is characterized by the inability to reach an orgasm, and could mean that it’s never been possible or simply became impossible at some point in life.

Number One: Sex Toys are Not New

It turns out “sex toys” have been used to achieve orgasm since ancient times. There’s even a funny rumor that Cleopatra invented the first one. We hope you enjoyed part two of our article!