Did You Know That Women Can Have at Least 15 Different Types of Orgasms?
While orgasms have often been called “La petite mort” or “little death,” there is nothing limited or meager about female orgasms. In fact, orgasms can come in a wide variety of incarnations and sensations on almost any part of the body, from quick contraction and release sneezes, to more expansive full-body Big “O’s” and outer-body experiences.
Sigmund Freud first suggested that there were two types of female orgasms: clitoral and vaginal (or G-spot). He believed that the clitoris was best used for masturbation, while the vagina or G-spot could be stimulated best by sexual intercourse. Or course this theory made a lot of feminists angry, for making the vagina (what they saw as a source for male sexual pleasure alone) more important than the clitoris, the place where they believed that women could only experience pleasure from. Contrary to Freud, Alfred Kinsey believed that there was only one type of orgasm women could experience which was clitoral. Dr. Betty Dodson is also a big proponent of clitoral orgasms, and doesn’t believe all the hype about the G-spot. Although she doesn’t discount the existence of the G-spot and female ejaculate like Kinsey, she doesn’t believe that all women can experience G-spot pleasure, or should even try.
However, most sexologists (including Dodson) these days agree that the clitoris is a much larger structure than believed and is only the “tip of the iceberg” so to speak. Many believe that the G-spot is an extension of (or part of) the clitoris and that G-spot orgasms are in fact clitoral orgasms felt deeper inside. Most now believe that there are three types of orgasm: clitoral, vaginal (g-spot) and a combination of the two. Then of course, there are multiple orgasms, which women can experience one right after another.
Pioneer sexologist and former porn star Annie Sprinkle argues that there are seven types of female orgasms and believes that orgasms are like grains of sand, in that no two are alike. In her DVD, “Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm,” she and other sexual experts maintain that there are, in fact, multiple (if not hundreds) of ways to experience orgasm. Annie’s Seven Types of Orgasms include: Clitoral Orgasms, Inter-vaginal Orgasms, Combination Orgasms, Dreamgasms, Microgasms, Breath and Energy Orgasms, and Megagasms. In her “Sluts & Goddesses” DVD, Annie experiences a five minute long Megagasm which she describes as “an intense full body experience, a deeply emotional experience, and for some a deeply spiritual experience… [which] generally lasts an extended length of time, from thirty seconds to in some cases up to an hour or two.” Most likely this type of orgasm is a form of multiple continuous orgasms as she continued to be stimulated after the first orgasm for five minutes straight. I have also heard of spontaneous types of orgasms that can happen when non-sexual zones are stimulated such as Sneeze-gasms, and women getting orgasms from having their hair brushed or cut “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response,” brushing their teeth, Yawn-gasms, Foot-gasms, exercise-induced orgasms, Birth-gasms, Yoga-gasms, and orgasms that never go away (Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder).
The important thing to remember about the female orgasm and orgasms in general is not to limit yourself and that there are limitless possibilities and ways of viewing orgasms.
Though there are many different definitions of female orgasms and not all sexologists agree, what works for you is most important, no matter how others define their own experience.
A clitoral orgasm is brought on by the stimulation of the clitoris either directly or indirectly (around the clitoris). Some women enjoy intense, direct stimulation of the clitoris, while others find it uncomfortable or even painful. The clitoris can be stimulated in a variety of ways including by the use of a vibrating sex toy, fingers, a lover’s tongue, the pressure spray of water from a facet, as well as indirectly through vaginal penetration. Clitoral orgasms are usually the first type of orgasm that women experience as they begin to explore themselves sexually through masturbation.
Clitoral orgasms are often described as the tension/release type of orgasm in which the clitoris is stimulated, sexual and muscle tension builds up, which then peaks in orgasm and the release of that energy. Clitoral orgasms can occur in a localized area (the clitoris alone) or the wave of orgasmic sensations and pleasure can spread from the groin, into the belly and through the entire body. Clitoral orgasms can also be extended from 20 seconds to several minutes, although more than one minute is rare.
Most women (70%) do not experience orgasm through vaginal stimulation alone. Many women require clitoral stimulation to reach orgasm. That rate is changing however as more women begin to discover their G-spot and how to stimulate it.
Recently discovered by American clinical researchers at the University of Chicago, the U-spot is a highly sensitive erogenous zone that can create strong orgasms and also takes part in female ejaculation.
The U-spot is located in the vulva above the vagina and below the clitoris. It surrounds the urethra opening (above and to either side) like an upside-down U and is a highly sensitive bundle of nerves as well as erectile tissue. This is where urine passes from a woman’s body, but also where female ejaculate comes from as well. So, it is closely related to the G-spot and urethral sponge (a spongy cushion of erectile tissue) which surrounds the urethra tube inside the body.
“The U-Spot is the common term given to the area that surrounds the opening of the urethra in women. This area can be particularly sensitive because the female urethra is surrounded by spongy erectile tissue that fills with blood upon sexual arousal. This spongy tissue extends from the anterior vaginal wall, around the urethra, all the way to the pubic bone. Anatomists have called this spongy tissue the Skene’s glands, or the periurethral glands. Some even call it the female prostate and believe this is where female ejaculate may come from. The skin that is directly over this spongy tissue, then, is known as the U-Spot. It’s already very sensitive on it’s own, but becomes even more sensitive once a woman gets sexually aroused.” — Source: The SexMD: The U-spot.
The top and either side of the urethra is highly sensitive to soft stimulation, while the bottom is not very sensitive at all. It can be stimulated via oral sex, by using your fingers using lots of lube or with the head of the penis. The best way to stimulate the U-spot is via oral sex, and licking it softly like an ice-cream cone.
G-spot Orgasms (Inter-vaginal)
Inter-vaginal, G-spot, or cervical orgasms are all vaginal orgasms. Any orgasm that occurs when the inner vaginal wall is stimulated is a vaginal orgasm. The G-spot is located 1–2 inches inside the vagina on the front wall and the stimulation of this area is what accounts of vaginal orgasms. G-spot orgasms can occur with or without female ejaculation.
Some women describe vaginal or G-spot orgasms as deep, intense, full-body orgasms. Many women who have experienced G-spot orgasms say these orgasms come after a number of little orgasms, when the sexual peak of the plateau stage continues to build. For some women, G-spot orgasms can be more powerful that any other type and can be described by some as rolling waves of total sexual release. When experienced with female ejaculation, G-spot orgasms can be very intense and both emotionally and physically draining. Deborah Sundal, author of Female Ejaculation and the G-spot believes that G-spot orgasms and female ejaculation can also be healing and help remove past traumas.
G-spot orgasms are obtained with the sexual stimulation of the vaginal wall. Stimulation can be achieved through vaginal penetration by G-spot vibrators or dildos, sexual intercourse with a partner, using fingers, through fisting, as well as indirectly through the anus during anal sex or play.
It is true that the G-spot, G-spot orgasms and female ejaculation has been seriously hyped in the media and medical/sexual community. However, to discount that G-spot orgasms exist is to deny what many women do and have experienced.
A-spot Orgasms (AFE Zone)
The AFE Zone consists of two “spots” at the top and bottom of the cervix, called the A-spot (or anterior fornix and posterior fornix). These spots are deep recesses with “arches” that surround the cervix like a deep groove or valley, and then a ridge.
There are four fornices (two lateral that are unnamed), as well as the posterior fornix which is the larger recess behind the cervix, close to the recto-uterine pouch (beside the rectum) and the anterior fornix that is close to the vesico-uterine pouch (beside the urethra and bladder). It is the anterior fornix that we would hit first when feeling inside the vagina at the back end, then the cervix, then the posterior fornix.
The AFE Zone has also been referred to as the epicenter, second G-spot or female degenerated prostate. These areas can be stimulated by a penis, fingers, or long dildo which can result in large amounts of sudden fluid emissions, as well as intense orgasms within 5–10 seconds of stimulation. The doctor who named these areas the A-spot, Dr. Chua Chee Ann, also claims that women can achieve 30–40 orgasms in one minute with practice.
Cervical Orgasms (Deep Spot)
In Taoism the cervix is called the third gate, with the clitoris being the first gate and the G-spot as the second. It is said that the gates must be opened (stimulated) in sequence to be able to open (turn on) the third gate. This make perfect sense, because as we know, the clitoris is usually the first part of the genitals you would stimulate to turn on the other areas inside the vagina.
The Cervix itself, lies at the very back of the vagina, past the G-spot. It is the entrance to a woman’s uterus and protrudes into the vagina, like a rounded button, resembling the head of a penis. This part of the cervix is called the Ectrocervix, while the opening into the uterus is called the Internal OS.
Cervical orgasms have been described as deeper, full-bodied, spiritual, expanded orgasms like an ecstatic tingling experience or “a shower of stars’…” While clitoral orgasms have a quick peak and then quickly drop off, G-spot and Cervical orgasm come in waves of bliss, with pleasurable sensation that can last for hours.
Anal expert, Tristan Taormino notes that the “anus, anal canal, and rectum are wonderfully erogenous zones, rich in nerve endings and super-sensitive to stimulation and penetration. At the right angle, many women find that you can indirectly stimulate the G-spot through anal penetration.” Many sex experts recommend that you arouse yourself in the regular ways, until you are good and hot before attempting anal play and to continue stimulation throughout.
Warming Up: The Rosebud of Pleasure
Developed by massage therapist and sex educator Joseph Kramer, this is a good way to begin exploring anal pleasure. First, begin with massaging your buttocks to get the blood flowing. Try squeezing your cheeks with your fingers, raking your fingernails over your ass, and even slapping it. Slowly begin to clench and unclench the asshole. Next, lube your finger very well and rub the pad of you finger around the anal rim, exploring the sensitive rosebud. Lube up the crack and slide your hand up and down. Finally, when you feel ready, you can insert a finger inside the sphincter, gently stretching it and massage the silky skin inside. It is also recommended to stimulate other areas of your body as you would naturally, to get yourself good and aroused.
An anal orgasm can be achieved by stimulating the internal anus with fingers, toys or a penis. “Stimulation of the anus, perineum, and rectum can engage the pelvic and pudendal nerves, which are implicated in the orgasmic response. The pudendal nerve also supplies the genitals with nerves and is thought to be most central to orgasm. The pelvic nerve connects the cervix, uterus, and prostate to the brain, and the hypogastric nerve relates to the vagina, cervix, and rectum. The role of the vagus nerve is less well understood, though research over the past decade has shown that some women with completely severed spinal cords can still experience orgasm and that the vagus nerve is the pathway.”–Source: Bustle: Anal Orgasms.
Tantric sex coach Devi Ward says that, in her experience, anal orgasms feel quite different than clitoral orgasms. “We call clitoral orgasms ‘climaxes,’ because there are sharp peaks and sharp declines,” Ward says. Comparatively, she says anal orgasms are much smoother. “There’s a sense of fluidity,” she says. “There is a flash, but it’s not this explosion necessarily; it’s more like a spreading: a warm opening and a relief sensation.”
Breast and Nipple Orgasms
In a 2006 survey, researchers found that 82% of young females reported enhanced sexual arousal due to direct nipple stimulation. While accounts of some women being able to obtain orgasms by breast and nipple stimulation alone, without any genital stimulation what-so-ever is not recent history, there is now real scientific evidence that proves this is indeed possible.
Studies done with brain imaging (fMRI) machines now prove that the same part of the brain, known as the “genital sensory cortex”, lights up when various body parts, including the clitoris, vagina and nipple, are stimulated independently of one another. In other words, nipple stimulation is sexually wired to the same part in the brain as genital stimulation and are processed the same way. So, the nipples and breasts like the genitals can be highly orgasmic.
But, that’s not all.
Sucking and tugging on the nipples during sex helps to release the “love hormone” oxytocin, which is also produced when a woman breastfeeds. Oxytocin — in addition to helping create a feeling of love and bonding between mother and baby — is responsible for producing contractions in the uterus that help it get back into shape after birth. During sex, however, breast stimulation can cause the same contractions in the uterus, producing orgasms.
What Happens When the Breasts Are Sexually Stimulated?
When a woman becomes sexually aroused her breasts can swell up to 25% and the nipples perk up and become erect. Nipples have over 800 nerve endings (the clitoris has 8000), and the nipples are even more sensitive when they are erect.
If the breasts and nipples are stimulated correctly, the nipples send tingles of sexual excitement to a woman’s genitals. Some women actually say that they feel a direct link between their clitoris and nipples during sexual stimulation and orgasms.
So, the breasts and nipples are both erotically hard-wired to a woman’s genital region, which is why it is definitely possible to give your partner orgasms from breast and nipple play.
Breast and Nipple Orgasms
When using erotic breast play and the techniques that will be provided below, there are two types of orgasm a female can achieve. One is called a Unigasm, which is a localised orgasm, and the other is called an Expanded orgasm, which can be felt deeper, fuller and result in a full body orgasm.
A unigasm is a term that is used to describe a type of orgasm that comes from a single part of the female anatomy, which results in a build up and then climax through on single part. This can be achieved through a nipple orgasm (nipplegasm) as well as through a clitoral orgasm or even a toe-gasm.
Expanded or Full-body Orgasm
An expanded orgasm is the opposite of a unigasm. So instead of focusing on one specific part of the body, you can combine different parts of the body and stimulate them at the same time to achieve a climax and orgasm. This is known as a combination orgasm. There are also energy orgasms which is when an individual brings the orgasmic energy from one part of the body to another. You also have a expanded or full-body orgasm, which is a more deeper and fuller type of orgasm which can be expanded throughout the entire body.
In the 1972 film, “Deep Throat”, the main character, played by Linda Lovelace, seeks help from a doctor to aid her in achieving orgasm, only to find out that her clitoris is located inside of her throat and that she is able to have throat-gasms. While this may sound fictional, Tantra practitioners, like Eyal Matsliah says throat-gasms are actually a thing. Apparently, women can experience a throat orgasm during oral sex on a man, particularly when they are deep-throating.
The throat is connected to the vagus nerve, cervix and uterus, according to orgasm researchers Beverly Whipple and Barry Komisaruk, which can trigger orgasms. Singing or emitting powerful sounds can apparently sometimes “lead to longer lasting, powerful orgasms and even female ejaculation” and can even be caused by brushing your teeth. The mouth and throat is a highly sensitive erogenous zone that contains more nerve ending than the vagina.
Matsliah notes that during stimulation of the back of the throat, the pituitary gland is aroused. This part of the body also is associated with the throat chakra in Tantra. He speculates that throat-gasms may also be caused from “the physiological effects of holding one’s breath and the suppression of the gag reflex…”, and can accompany the release of saliva during erotic arousal — a white, viscous foam — which is called “throat ejaculate.”
For some women, a throat-gasm can be a transcendent experience, often accompanied by pleasurable spasms. Throat-gasms can help open the throat chakra, resulting in greater self-expression of your authentic voice and inner-truth.
Kim Anami offers tips on achieving throat-gasms, which she describes as “delicious and sensual” including:
- Relaxing and opening your throat.
- Tickle the back of the throat with feather-light touch.
- Go slow, and hold their penis in your throat.
Adina, the founder of MyTinySecrets, also says that moaning, singing and to overcome your gag reflex, by choosing the best position (going down on him from above, or laying on your back with the neck stretched back), go super slow, relax your tongue, and breathe through the nose (inhale as he penetrates deeper and exhale as he withdraws). When the gag reflex hits, hold your breath and get him to hold his penis still at the back of your throat until the feeling has passed. This type of orgasm takes a lot of practice for some women to achieve, and may not work for everyone.
Matsliah says the best way to experience this type of orgasm, like any orgasm is to become very sexually aroused first, then allow your partner to rub the back of your throat with their thumb, or penis, and try to keep it there for as long as possible without moving.
Or, you could just take up singing!
Clitoral orgasms usually come on faster because that area is more accessible, while G-spot orgasms are more intense because they reverberate from inside your body. Combination or blended orgasms are produced through a combination of various stimulation, both clitoral and vaginal (and sometimes anally or other erogenous zones) simultaneously. Betty Dodson, the mother of masturbation who has been teaching orgasm techniques to women in hands-on workshops for over 30 years, says that these types of orgasms are easier achieved if you combine clitoral and vaginal stimulation with PC muscle contractions, pelvic thrusting, and breathing out loud.
Dual clitoral and vaginal stimulation can be achieved through dual-action vibrators (or Rabbits), or with two separate toys ( a clitoral vibe and a firm G-spot dildo), through sexual intercourse and by stimulating the clitoris with your fingers, and many other ways. Simultaneous clitoris and G-spot stimulation combine the unique sensations of both clitoral and G-spot orgasms into a mind-blowing orgasm that results in a longer, deeper experience. Some women report that the combination orgasms are the most powerful of all three types.
A Continuous orgasm is one that continues for a long period of time, such as over 1 minute and up to 20 minutes long or even longer (Mega-gasms). Rather than a quick peak and release orgasm, this orgasm is more like a rolling wave of pleasure that undulates in hill and valleys of intensity and pleasure. Annie Sprinkle demonstrated a 5 minute orgasm in her film: “How to be a Sex Goddess.”
Multiple orgasms are a series of orgasms occurring within a short time frame, usually one right after the other, like pop corn popping. If a woman is continually stimulated after reaching orgasm, her heightened state of arousal can invite orgasm after orgasm. While some women state that multiple orgasms occur during sexual intercourse, the majority say that they experience multiple orgasms with clitoral stimulation during masturbation. Some women experience multiple orgasms through the combined stimulation of clitoris and vagina.
Although it is inconclusive, some researchers believe that some women are incapable of multiple orgasms. Until recently however, some people believed that there was no such thing as a G-spot and that some women didn’t have one. Since then, sexologists have found that every woman has a G-spot, but some women do not enjoy the feel of it being stimulated. While some women can’t orgasm for various reasons, it is most likely that every woman is capable of orgasm and multi-orgasms, but has not discovered how, or has obstacles including medical conditions that are preventing them from experiencing or enjoying them.
A breath and energy orgasm is a type of full body orgasm that may begin in the genitals, but then the raw sexual energy is channeled up the chakras and throughout the body. Both men and women can experience full body, breath and energy orgasms. It can be a sexual experience, or a very spiritual and enlightening experience, or both. It was pioneered by Barbra Carrellas.
For different people, the experience will be unique, but energy orgasms have been described as feeling like waves of ecstatic, electric energy coursing through your entire body and making you tingle all over. They are usually much more powerful than an “ordinary” type of orgasm (aka genital orgasm) and can last much longer, even hours. They are also transformative in that they bring greater body awareness and can be mind expansive, metaphysical as well as spiritual. Some people relate that they can feel the after effects of energy orgasms for days later.
How Many Orgasms?
Like Annie Sprinkle says, “Orgasms are like grains of sand…” so there is really no limit to how many types of orgasmic experiences we could have. Just about any sensation could be eroticized and stimulated to produce a mind-blowing, body-quaking, out of this world, Big “O”.
Domina Doll is a Passion, Pleasure and Empowerment Coach who teaches women how to harness their sexual energy via sex magic to manifest their desire and learn how to thrive. Her articles on sexuality have been published on Sexpert.com, Bustle, SheKnows, Slutty Girl Problems, Your Tango, Kinkly. Thought Catalog, and many other publications. You can see more of her work at EvokingEcstasy.com.