The world record for the number of female orgasms is a staggering 134 in an hour, according to Lovehoney's sex and relationship expert Tracey Cox. The mammoth session was recorded at the Centre for Marital and Sexual Studies in California, where the same study found that the male world record for orgasms was 16 in an hour. Here are 7 other fantastic facts about orgasms from Tracey...

There's more to the orgasm than you may think!

There's more to the orgasm than you may think!

1. What is an orgasm? We all know what it is, but what actually goes on down there?

Cox explains: ‘It’s the body letting go when it can’t stand the pressure of the increased blood flow in the genitals.

‘Orgasm is merely the process of the blood rushing back to where it came from and all those tense muscles releasing.’

2. What is a multiple orgasm?

'For a woman, it can be one of two things,' says Cox. ‘A multiple can mean one really long, super orgasm, or two or three in a row.

'Women, unlike men, can climb back on and continue, but that’s not to say a man can’t have multiple orgasms either.

‘Men are capable of having non-ejaculatory orgasms. This is when the man experiences an orgasm in his brain and retains his erection but inhibits ejaculation by squeezing his PC muscle (the one that stops you weeing) and other techniques,’ explains Cox.

Men can also achieve multiple-ejaculation orgasms. ‘He has several orgasms in a row, all accompanied by full or partial ejaculation. Some men lose their erection fully each time and others maintain it.’

3. Sneezing orgasms

Cox confirmed that a small amount of the population can orgasm through a sneezing fit.

'Ten per cent of women report achieving orgasm during exercise, some women can orgasm purely through nipple stimulation, and (rare but true) some people orgasm when they have sneezing fits.

'It’s also been documented that a small percentage of people are able to bring themselves to orgasm purely through fantasy - with no physical stimulation whatsoever.'

4. Simultaneous orgasms

Cox says: 'Let's take a look at the facts. Roughly 75% of men in relationships always have an orgasm with their partner, compared to 30% of women.

‘Do the math and you'll soon see the chances of both of you orbiting into orgasmic ecstasy at exactly the same moment is highly unlikely. Romantic, yes. Likely, no.

‘Quite frankly, taking turns - you have your orgasm first, he has his later - is not only more practical, it's sometimes a lot more satisfying.'

5. How can we tell if your partner is faking it?

'Look for the sex flush,' says Cox: ‘We all get a rash on our chest at the point of orgasm but it comes and goes in a split second so is easy to miss.

‘Most women are tender to touch straight afterwards, too, and need a few seconds. If you can touch her clitoris directly afterwards, she’s probably faked it.’

6. Women have one orgasm for every three of his

‘A large-scale study of American adults found women have about one orgasm for every three a man has.

‘One in three women have problems having an orgasm (via any means) with a partner and 80% CAN’T orgasm through vaginal intercourse alone.

‘Yet most women have no problems having an orgasm during masturbation, particularly if using a vibrator, and lesbians have almost many orgasms as men do.'

7. Average duration of orgasms

Research by online sex toy retailer Lovehoney found that female orgasms are on average 25% longer than male orgasms.

The female orgasm typically last 10.9 seconds, while his climax is two seconds shorter at 8.7 seconds.

Here are the Lovehoney figures, based on a survey of 1,000 people.  

Hers

  1. 0-5 seconds 10%
  2. 6-10 seconds 46%
  3. 11-15 seconds 24%
  4. 16-20 seconds 10%
  5. More than 20 seconds 7%
  6. I've never had an orgasm 3%

His

  1. 0-5 seconds - 23%
  2. 6-10 seconds 50%
  3. 11-15 seconds 18%
  4. 16-20 seconds 5%
  5. More than 20 seconds 3%
  6. I have never had an orgasm 1%  
Tracey Cox
Tracey Cox

Tracey Cox has her own range of sex toys with Lovehoney, Britain's biggest online sex toy retailer.