THERE ARE MANY theories surrounding the elusive female orgasm. Some people believe they only make appearances when conditions are just right. Some believe they come in groups. Some believe they don’t exist at all. So, what’s the truth?
Well, it’s complicated.
While a male orgasm’s function is straightforward (men need to orgasm to release sperm and fertilize an egg), a woman’s orgasm doesn’t serve a direct biological purpose. In fact, scientists aren’t sure why female orgasms still exist. Some speculate that they could be a way to make women bond with a partner. Others believe they happen because the penis and clitoris are formed from the same genetic “blueprint”. Still others believe that female orgasms are just an evolutionary leftover from when more primitive humans’ bodies needed to be stimulated to trigger ovulation.
Making the female anatomy even more complicated: A woman’s reproductive system has several additional functions that require more nuances to their anatomical structure and open more variables for how they’re laid out.
But even if science can’t explain the whys of female orgasms, they have managed to offer up some hope on the hows. Here’s a primer on why some women orgasm more often than others.
Let’s get physical
Fun fact: The clitoris’ one and only function is pleasure. It’s the only organ in both the male and female body with this singular purpose. So, it should be easy for a woman to achieve orgasm, right? Wrong.
Since woman don’t need to orgasm to achieve the biological goal of sex—reproduction—women get shafted (no pun intended) when their bodies start forming their sex organs. The clitoris isn’t in the ideal position to be stimulated directly during penetrative sex, so a woman with a completely normal clitoris could still have issues climaxing from sex alone.