Moaning is NOT a good measure of the female orgasm, study claims
They are often considered the pinnacle of pleasure, but until now there was no official definition of the female orgasm.
While men usually ejaculate when they reach orgasm, women have very different physical sensations when they reach climax.
Now scientists at the University of Ottawa have begun to measure female orgasm for the first time.
Their findings suggest that female orgasms should be defined as “pleasant gratification” – while moaning as a measure should be completely removed.
They hope the findings can be used to improve interventions for women who are unhappy with their orgasmic experiences.
Scientists at the University of Ottawa have started measuring female orgasm for the first time. Their findings suggest that female orgasms should be defined as ‘pleasant gratification’ – while moaning as a measure should be completely removed (stock image)
The Orgasm Rating Scale
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In the study, the researchers tried to answer the question – how do you measure female orgasm?
In their study, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicinethe researchers, led by Amy Elizabeth Webb, wrote: “Orgasm, especially in older women, remains a poorly understood aspect of female sexual response, in part due to a lack of validated self-report measures.”
The team surveyed 637 women about their experiences with orgasms — both in a solitary context and with a partner.
The survey included questions about both the Orgasm Rating Scale (ORS) and the Body Sensations of Orgasm Scale (BSOS).
“The ORS is a 28-item self-report measure used to assess the experience of orgasm on cognitive-affective and sensory dimensions,” the researchers explained.
The 28 items include Loving, Throbbing, Spurting, Blushing, Trembling, Pulsating, Shuddering, and Peaceful.
“The BSOS is a 22-item self-report measure used to assess the perceived physical and physiological sensations experienced with orgasm, with an unspecified context,” the researchers added.
The 22 items included faster breathing, goosebumps, clitoral pulsation, sweating, facial tingling, and skin reddening.
About the different factors, the women were asked to what extent they experienced each sensation during an orgasm.
In terms of BSOS items, extragenital sensations, genital sensations and spasms, and nociceptive sensations and sweat reactions were the most common items (stock image)
The results showed that pleasurable satisfaction was reported as the most common ORS item in pre-, peri- and postmenopausal women.
In contrast, emotional intimacy and shooting sensations were the least common ORS items.
In terms of BSOS items, extragenital sensations, genital sensations and spasms, and nociceptive sensations and sweat responses were the most common items.
However, anal contractions and moaning were the least common, with the researchers even suggesting that they be completely removed from the shell.
“We recommend removing the item ‘groaning’ from the measure for good,” the researchers wrote.
“All other items seem to relate to involuntary responses that occur during the orgasmic experience.”
Overall, the findings suggest that the ORS and BSOS are effective measures for female orgasm — albeit without moaning.
“With valid measurement options, we are expected to learn more about women’s experiences with orgasm and ultimately be able to provide more effective clinical services to women who have difficulties having orgasm or who find the experience unsatisfactory,” the team concluded. .
The Physical Sensations of Orgasm Scale
increased heart rate
Heart beats stronger
Overall muscle tension
Raised blood pressure
Spasms in the lower extremities
Tingling in the face
Reddening of the skin or rash