Experiencing an orgasm, regardless of gender, is like waking up as a kid on Christmas morning. And the best part is…we can re-live it over and over and over again, any time we want. Well, not re-live it, per se, but experience all the different sensual sensations that come with climaxing.
But while you’re touching yourself, experiencing bliss and pure ecstasy, do you know why or how you’re able to make yourself feel that good?
Here is everything you want (and need) to know about the female orgasm.
The Four Stages of Climax
This is when a woman actively initiates sex and starts to feel a rise in arousal. Blood will flow to the clitoris, nipples, and vagina which, in turn, creates the whole body to appear as though it is blushing.
During this stage, her heart rate and blood pressure will increase, and a flood of happy hormones start working – such as dopamine.
As her heart rate and blood pressure continue to rise, so does her sexual excitement level. Part of the outer vagina becomes more swollen as blood continues to flow to her nether regions, and the sensation of pleasure becomes the most prominent, drowning out all others.
During an orgasm, a woman’s uterus, vagina and pelvic floor begin to relax and contract. This is combined with a huge rush of oxytocin, allowing her to feel closer and more intimate with her partner.
Additionally, activity in the brain, especially the hippocampus and amygdala - parts of the brain that control feelings and emotions – is reduced considerably right before climax. She will be focused on pleasure and sensation as opposed to love, worry, or anxiety. She will also be able to lose control, in a sense, in that she will not fear being judged.
She will also feel intense pulses in the outer part of her vagina, uterus, and anus. During a strong orgasm, she will experience 10 to 15, one every second, and for mild orgasms, three to five.
After she has achieved orgasm, her body will start to relax and the blood with flow away from the genitals. Her heart rate and blood pressure will return to normal.
She will also reach her normal level of consciousness and regain emotional intelligence once again.
Women and Multiple Orgasms
As you may well know, women are capable of achieving multiple orgasms, whereas the male orgasm happens in isolation. Post-orgasm, a man will enter a refractory period whereby he’ll need to recover. A woman however, could continue sexual pleasure without skipping a beat.
And interestingly, it is quite common for women to want to continue sexual activity after orgasm, in search of a second one.
How do Women Achieve Multiple Orgasms?
It’s been proven that women who are capable of achieving multiple orgasms actually have slower alpha waves in the brain than the average woman. This means that their brains are more relaxed and quieter, making it possible to continuously experience pleasure.
So, for those who experience anxiety and worry – or have a tendency of “being inside their own head” – find it hard to experience an orgasm, let alone multiple orgasms.
One way to work on changing this situation, is communication. In fact, effective communication is as powerful as sexual activity itself. When a woman feels safe, comfortable, and relaxed, she is far more likely to orgasm.
How Long Does a Woman Achieve Multiple Orgasms for?
According to sex therapist, Dr Juliana Morris:
“When the initial orgasm arrives, there is this tingling sensation as if it isn’t over. Then, there is a small dip that something requires a little extra stimulation, and then an orgasms arrives again, and then there is a repetition, three or four times, with everything in the span of 15-minutes tops.”
So, the next time you experience a rush of euphoria, you have not only your body but also your mind to thank. Here’s to the wonderful feeling of the female orgasm and the ability to feel pleasure over and over again!
Helena Lorimer at JOUJOU