The 8 Types of Orgasm You Could be Having
How Many Types of Orgasm are There?
Your Questions …
Are there different types of female orgasms?
What types of orgasms are there?
What do the different types of orgasms feel like?
Have you ever found yourself wondering if you’re having enough variation in your orgasms? If you haven’t, you should!
The infamous Betty Dodson, the American sex researcher and educator, has quite a bit to say on the topic. She has been named as one of the top ten sexual revolutionaries by Cosmopolitan and one of the one hundred most important people by Playboy.
In her famous book, Orgasms for Two, she taught us about the eight types of orgasm we’ll be sharing with you today.
So, we’re talking about female-bodied, vulva-owners in this article. Female orgasms have long-held mystique and stigma around them that have held back countless generations of women from experiencing all the pleasure they deserve.
From Sigmund Freud’s assertions that clitoral orgasms were immature to the repression of female masturbation, throughout history women have been excluded from learning sexual skills and about their own pleasure.
There are still countless female-bodied people around this world who have yet to experience an orgasm, they are also known as preorgasmic. However, rest assured that with some direction you will become orgasmic and experience levels of pleasure you have yet to explore!
Perhaps some education about orgasmic variety will be just what the clinical sexologist ordered.
Let’s explore the most common types of orgasm, according to Betty Dodson’s 2002 classic Orgasms for Two.
These are created and experienced through non-direct stimulation of the clitoris, such as rubbing against something.
These are commonly experienced in childhood and are due to some sort of indirect genital stimulation, such as rubbing your clothed vulva on a pillow, wearing tight jeans or even from horseback riding.
These are more fun than they sound.
These are experienced when the legs and butt are squeezed tight and the rest of the body is held rigid. While holding your breath, use a fast motion on the clitoris (or penis) for a few moments until a quick orgasm burst forth.
These are common when you’re growing up with a fear of being caught masturbating. They’re quick, efficient and usually silent.
These are most easily executed with the help of a partner (or more) since it is hard to be totally relaxed while stimulating yourself.
These fall under some of the teachings of Eastern forms of sex and relies on relaxing your pelvic floor muscles and breathing to build an orgasm gradually and slowly.
This type of orgasm was described by a Tantra teacher from India, named Rajneesh, as a “valley orgasm.” Instead of thinking of an orgasm as a sexual peak, you surrender and allow your body to sink into the orgasmic experience.
As you might imagine, these orgasms take a considerable amount of external input. Using techniques from the relaxation and tension orgasms, focus on pleasure and sensation.
In any order you like you should include 5 key elements: direct clitoral stimulation, vaginal stimulation (also known as containment), pelvic floor contractions, breathing out loud and pelvic thrusting.
As you may have guessed, this one translates easily into playing with a partner or partners. If the female-bodied person is being penetrated during a sexual encounter, simply add a vibrator or play with your clitoris with your hands to achieve a combination orgasm!
These occur in two different circumstances and can vary from person to person.
One way is that you have an orgasm, then allow yourself to relax a bit, then go back for more, you can experience another orgasm (or more!)
The other version is having multiple orgasms back-to-back in quick succession.
These sessions can be elusive and difficult to experience, but with some time, effort and the right stimulation, you’ll be able to experience multiple orgasms as well!
We’ve all heard about the G-spot debate, for us, it 110% exists. Finding and stimulating this spot (about 1-3 inches inside of the vaginal canal) has been said to cause female ejaculation. Some women even say that these orgasms are deeper and more satisfying than others.
These sound pretty self-explanatory. Through using a fantasy, a woman is able to experience an orgasm without genital stimulation.
Many deny that these kinds of orgasms exist and think that the women who claim to experience them are imagining the orgasm, however, who cares? If you think you’ve experienced the orgasm, then that’s all that matters!
The Meltdown Orgasm
Once you let go of the search for impending ecstasy, this orgasm can make its appearance. While keeping your PC muscles fully relaxed, your toy or partner should penetrate your vagina as deeply as possible while you are simultaneously stimulating your clitoris with either a vibrator or with your hands.
The combination of deep penetration with clitoral stimulation and full relaxation can allow you to experience your body building the orgasm on its own.
***Pro-Tip*** Waiting, watching, expecting and hoping for an orgasm will, more often than not, chase it away. It takes you out of the moment and directs your attention away from the pleasure. Focus on what you’re feeling and let your body respond naturally.
Now, we haven’t even talked about the tickle orgasm, a breast orgasm or so many more! This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list, so tell us what we missed in the sextion below!
What do you think?
What kinds of orgasm have you experienced?
Which orgasms will you be trying to experience next?
Have you experienced any other kinds of orgasms that we missed?
Do you have trouble experiencing orgasms?
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Get out there, get in there and get off there!
Elaine S. Turner
Sex Coach, Clinical Sexologist & Sexuality Educator
Please remember everyone while we are Sexperts, we are not medical professionals. This site does not provide medical advice. Nothing can replace that specific medical knowledge so if you want more information, ask a doctor or other medical professional. This is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Do not ignore advice from a medical professional. Information here is gathered from reputable sources, however, this should not be considered a tool for self-treatment or diagnosis. If you have an emergency, please contact local emergency assistance immediately.
Dodson, B., Ph.D. (2002). Chapter 6: Did you Come. In Orgasms for Two (pp. 63-78). New York, NY: Harmony Books.