Heterosexual women are the group least likely to orgasm when they're sexually intimate. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Balancing Act: Straight Women Aren’t Getting Their Fair Share Of Orgasms

By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A new study shows heterosexual men were most likely to say they usually-to-always orgasm when they’re sexually intimate (95 percent), followed by gay men (89 percent), bisexual men (88 percent), lesbian women (86 percent), bisexual women (66 percent) and heterosexual women (65 percent).

Chicago Tribune

Straight women are less likely to have an orgasm during sexual intimacy than any other group, including straight men, gay men, lesbians, bisexual men and bisexual women, according to a new study whose title could be “Duh.”

The orgasm gap is well-documented (“replicates a wide body of existing literature,” is the research-speak) but remains ripe for exploration, given that it hasn’t yet closed.

In the latest study, “Differences in Orgasm Frequency Among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Men and Women in a U.S. National Sample,” researchers from Chapman University, Indiana University and the Kinsey Institute examined the sexual behaviors of more than 52,000 American adults to determine who’s having the most orgasms and why. The findings are published in the upcoming issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.

“There’s been a lot of research on orgasm frequency, but there isn’t very much data that includes how both gender and sexual orientation relate to orgasm frequency,” lead author David A. Frederick, assistant professor of psychology at Chapman University, told me.

“There are actually multiple orgasm gaps,” Frederick said. “The gap between all men and all women, meaning all groups of men orgasm more frequently than all groups of women, the gap between lesbian women and heterosexual women, and the gap between lesbian women and all men.”

Heterosexual men were most likely to say they usually-to-always orgasm when they’re sexually intimate (95 percent), followed by gay men (89 percent), bisexual men (88 percent), lesbian women (86 percent), bisexual women (66 percent) and heterosexual women (65 percent).

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