Did you know there were 12 different types of female orgasm? We all know about the clitoral orgasm and the vaginal orgasm. But how many of the lesser known orgasms in the ‘Dirty Dozen’ have you heard of - and, more importantly, experienced? Ever had a snoregasm (happens when you’re asleep), a nipple orgasm or a coregasm (climaxing when you exercise)?

How many have you had?

How many have you had?

To celebrate National Orgasm Day (July 31) today, Lovehoney sex and relationship expert Audrey Andrews explains how to have all 12 orgasms (but not at the same time!).

Clitoral Orgasm

The most common and easily-achieved kind of orgasm - more than 90% of women have had one by stimulating the clitoris. The clitoris is a fascinating part of the female anatomy. Its only purpose is to provide pleasure. Although there are other parts of the human body from which pleasure is derived, they also serve other purposes. For example, the penis, as well as providing pleasure, is also part of the reproductive system. Only a third of women regularly experience clitoral orgasm during intercourse. Research has found that women who have a clitoris that sits closer to their vaginal opening have a greater chance of achieving orgasm during intercourse than women who have a larger distance between these two body parts.

Vaginal/G-Spot Orgasm

The G-spot (or Graffenberg Spot, to be precise) is the name given to the small, nerve-rich area above the front vaginal wall. It's a controversial topic because some sexperts insist that the G-spot is a myth. Orgasms can be achieved by massaging that area in a circular 'come hither' motion.

Blended Orgasm

Blended orgasms occur when multiple areas of your body are being touched and pleasured simultaneously. They can occur when you're in the middle of fast-paced sex, or when you're slowly building up to the main event. This is a great way to get loads of erogenous zones lighting up all at once.

Multiple Orgasm

Multiple orgasms can be either sequential (when you orgasm, rest, and then orgasm again) or serial (one orgasm after another with no rest in between).

If you're hungry for more, try sequential style first. Orgasm, then take a minute to rest and enjoy the extra oxytocin (known as the love hormone, it is secreted during sex) flooding your brain. Then go back for round two! Three-quarters of women have experienced a multiple orgasm, according to a survey of 1,000 women by Lovehoney.

Anal Orgasm

Lots of women can reach orgasm during anal sex, it just isn’t talked about much in popular culture. The anal walls are rich in nerve endings and among the most sensitive erogenous zones in the body.

Sleep-Gasm (aka Snoregasm)

The sheer power of the brain means that women can orgasm whilst they sleep. In your sleep, you are at your most relaxed, aren't worried about what you look like, or about your performance in bed. When these negative thoughts occur during sex, it is known as 'spectatoring' and it can be a huge barrier. 

In your sleep, your mind can freely explore your sexual fantasies without feeling rushed or judged. This can turn you on so much you can end up orgasming. You may even end up waking yourself up!

Cervical Orgasm

This is one of the most powerful orgasms a woman can have. Sometimes known as the full-body orgasm because of the way pleasure washes over you from head to toe, the cervical orgasm is best achieved via deep vaginal penetration. Sex therapists suggest warming up with a few different positions beforehand and doing it doggy style to get as deep as possible.

U-Spot Orgasm

The urethra isn't just for peeing! It's actually surrounded by some of the hidden parts of the clitoris. When stimulated, blood rushes to the erectile tissue that surrounds the opening, which can result in ejaculation or 'squirting'. Although you can buy internal urethral vibrators, you can also stimulate the area externally using a standard clitoral vibrator. The urethra can be very prone to infection, so do your research before you insert anything. Oh, and make sure to have a towel handy.

A-Spot Orgasm

The "anterior fornix exogenous zone" or "the second G Spot" is located above the cervix, in the region of the belly button. It is best reached after considerable foreplay has taken place, and with a generous amount of lube, so take your time before aiming for this kind of climax. Get your partner to touch the A-spot with the pad of their finger or a toy, and then pull down across the front wall for a wake-the-neighbours style orgasm!

Nipple Orgasm

Breast and nipple play lights up the same part of the brain that responds to genital and clitoral stimulation. Having your boobs fondled, massaged, or sucked also triggers the release of oxytocin. If you want to have a nipple orgasm, edging (where you reach the point of climax and then draw back) is key. First, massage the area around your breasts, torso, and tummy to tease yourself, and encourage circulation around your chest. Then, circle and caress your breasts using a featherlike touch. Don't touch your areolae (area around the nipple) or nipples until you are seriously aroused. Once you feel like you can't wait any longer, run your fingers around your areolae and start to gently pinch your erect nipples from base to tip. This should result in multiple waves of pleasure washing over you.

Coregasm

If you ever needed more motivation to exercise, read on! Coregasms, (or exercised-induced orgasms, are a real thing). First mentioned by famed sexologist Alfred Kinsey in 1953, these orgasms tend to occur when you are working on your core muscles. A coregasm will begin somewhere around your abdominals, and can happen during or shortly after exercise.

Expanded Sexual Response

Women who experience Expanded Sexual Response (ESR) are able to have multiple, prolonged, intense orgasms. Although it is not yet fully understood by the scientific community, researchers think ESR is caused by activating the pudental, pelvic, hypogastric and vagus nerves simultaneously. Women who have experienced ESR have reported seeing flashes of light and colour during orgasm, having out-of-body experiences, and even feeling as though an earthquake is occurring!


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