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4 psychological influences that affect the female orgasm.

Since women around the world began to celebrate female pleasure, the female orgasm has been a hot topic.
Written by in Sex Education on the 20/07/2016   
4 psychological influences that affect the female orgasm.

Amidst an array of misinformation and myths such as (the G-spot isn't real) it is important that sexual liberation and sex education are correctly communicated.

One particular hot topic is the perennial pleasure-maker can be very complex but most importantly, feels good to talk about. Many sexual experiences rely on a combination of both mental and physical factors. The fleshy path seems pretty straight forward; lick, caress, touch and you should feel aroused, the psychological route can be much more complicated. You can be with the most skilled person around, but if your head and sometimes heart aren't in the game, then reaching climax might be impossible. This outcome is relatable regardless of genitalia, but it is widely known that vaginas do have more, moving parts, that can exacerbate the issue.

Working out what things turn us off, is quite simple, for example, sharp nails..., but what turns us off psychologically? Science can help us with that answer.

Body Image:

All sorts of things can distract us from enjoying a sexual experience; focussing on our stomach or breast size or skin blemishes. A study conducted in 2010 for the Journal of Sex Medicine discovered the impact that body image can have on pleasure by carrying out various questionnaires.

The survey asked 154 women from 18 years to 49 years about their sex lives and body image using the Body Esteem Scale, the Sexual Satisfaction Scale for Women, The Cognitive Distraction During Sexual Activity Scale and the Female Sexual Functioning Index to measure the responses and found that 3 subsets of body image are apparent during sexual activity. Such examples are: weight, sexual attractiveness and physical condition. The results showed that "the more esteem women had for their own body parts and functions, the higher their sexual satisfaction with their partner." It also showed that the more a woman thinks about her body image during sex, the less likely she is to enjoy the experience, this is called "spectatoring". It consists of looking at yourself as you think you look from the outside, and can be damaging, such as thinking " I hate my belly" during sex. However, it is not as easy to turn our brains off as our arousal. 

Sexual Stigma:

Today's society is obsessed with sex. It is obsessed with how often or not women have sex, who with and how much. It is therefore not at all surprising that this has transgressed into a sexual stigma which can impact on sexual pleasure. In 2013, the Kinsey institute conducted research that found that heterosexual women are 2 times more likely to climax from sex in a relationship that from a one night stand. A possible explanation for this is that on the first try many men struggle to find the unique way to take that woman to an orgasm, or not caring about them in a one night stand situation, or the woman not caring or not feeling confident enough to ask for the particular things they like. Casual sex is often criticised among women from friends and acquaintances alike which often adds stress which then impacts on the enjoyment of the experience.


Cortisol, the stress hormone is supposed to reduce during sex, this is why many people feel really relaxed aften a session, or many fall asleep. But, a survey conducted in 2008 found that some women's cortisol levels increase during sex. 30 women between 21 and 51 years old were asked and none reported any sexual trauma in their history. They found that if the cortisol level increased during sex, then the woman's sexual arousal, satisfaction and desire decreased. 

However, we do not know how sexual trauma was defined in this study. Many women may not report some sexual traumas such as rape or molestation, and many who have not experienced these traumas may have experienced anxiety due to sexual stigma or body image for example and not have considered this "trauma"


The least surprising and saddest psychological factor which is deemed to impact on the female orgasm is sexism. A researcher from Queensland university found that there was a direct correlation between how often a woman orgasms and their acceptance of benevolent sexism. The study's author defines this as a "legitimizing myth, whereby prejudicial attitudes toward women are justified through the guise of care and protection" - it goes a lot deeper than just woman-bashing misogyny.

This affects orgasms in that if a woman believes that sex is her duty then it is less likely that she will be able to focus on her orgasm, but rather fulfilling her duty as a woman so that she can get on to doing other duties.

More reason to increase your efforts for gender equality.

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