Valentines day is coming up, so we’re going to use that as an excuse to talk about orgasms. Not that we really need one. Here are some things you might not have known about the best experience you can have for free.
The world record for the longest time spent masturbating to orgasm is 6 hours 30 minutes for a woman, and 8 hours 30 minutes for a man. Time well wasted.
About 0.06% of men can orgasm through fantasizing alone, without touching their penis or any other part of their body.
A recent study found that 48% of regular headache sufferers had their pain cured by orgasm. Not only that, but it actually worked much faster than painkillers.
Some women faint when they orgasm and, in very rare cases, have had heart failure and died – which might explain why the French refer to orgasm as ‘/le petit mort/’ (the little death).
At the start of the 20th Century, the first electric home vibrators hit the market before many other household ‘essentials’ – people had to wait nine more years for the vacuum cleaner and 10 years for the electric iron.
When men orgasm, their brains release chemicals (including prolactin) that can bring on tiredness. That’s our excuse and we’re sticking to it.
The average female orgasm lasts between six and 10 seconds – although for some lucky girls it can last up to 20 seconds.
Sex educators’ Dorian Solot and Marshall Miller, who run the ‘I ♥ Female Orgasm’ sex education programme on US college campuses, say that around 1% of women can orgasm from breast stimulation alone.
The most female orgasms achieved in a single masturbation session was allegedly 49, from a London woman in 2006.
Less than a third of all women regularly orgasm during sex, while three-quarters of men always do. But if their partners spend more than 21 minutes on foreplay, the stats zoom up to produce nine out of 10 fully satisfied women.
A recent study found that men who have two or more orgasms a week are likely to live longer.