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80 Percent of Women Fake Orgasms; Many Use 'Vocalizations'

Study shows fakers have good intentions, but our sex expert's orgasm tips will improve your chances of the real thing.

By Leah Zerbe

tags: SEXUAL HEALTH



80 Percent of Women Fake Orgasms; Many Use 'Vocalizations'

White lie? Most women who fake it have good intentions.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—A whopping 80 percent of women fake orgasms during intercourse in order to take advantage of the situation, and many of them use sound to trick their partners, according to a study published recently in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. No doubt, pharmaceutical companies are all over that stat. In fact, some are on the hunt to develop a female viagra. (The FDA rejected the latest attempt to bring one to market.)

Luckily, you can stop faking it and greatly improve your odds of truly reaching the pinnacle of sexual pleasure—without the side effects and uncertainties of pharmaceuticals—by trying some orgasm tips from a leading sex expert. And it's not just about pleasure; studies have found that there are many ways that sex benefits health, too.

THE DETAILS: In the small study, British researchers interviewed 71 women between the ages of 18 and 48, asking them about vocalizations (moaning/groaning, screaming/shrieking/squealing, using words like "yes" and "more," along with "instructional commands"). They found that more than a quarter of women rely on manufacturing these sounds to fake orgasm. Four out of five women faked it by using vocalizations about 50 percent of the times they were unable to climax, the researchers found.

WHAT IT MEANS: So why do women do it? While it might seem sinister to trick your partner into thinking he or she is bestowing the ultimate pleasure onto you, the British researchers found the motives were generally not mean-spirited. In fact, 92 percent of the participants admitted that they faked orgasms to boost their partner's self-esteem, make the partner feel desirable, and to make him feel confident about sexual performance. "Other women fake because their partner is prone to blaming himself and it's easier to fake than to explain why it's difficult for them to orgasm," explains Debby Herbenick, PhD, research scientist at Indiana University–Bloomington and author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction (Rodale, 2009). "There's no right answer. I just generally feel that, if you want an orgasm, it's better to gently and positively work toward that rather than to fake."

Published on: July 12, 2010
Updated on: July 12, 2010



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I found the article to be informative & totally relavant; not gratuitous in any way. You can always decide from the title of the topic whether it interests you. If it doesn't, then don't read it. Many of us recognize sexual health as an important part of a whole; as the article stated- it has physical as well as psychological and,(I think spiritual) benefits. How can you expect Rodale to pick and choose which topics offend you in particular or withhold info to the rest of us because of a cranky few?

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