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Equalizing the Orgasm: Time to Address the Pleasure Gap between Men and Women

Do you know how wide the orgasm gap is?

June 9 is National Sex Day — a day in which to celebrate why sex is a good thing, for all genders. The pinnacle of sexual pleasure is of course the orgasm, but sadly the pleasure gap  is real: statistics show that only 33% of women and people with vaginas, reach an orgasm every time during male-female sexual encounters versus 75% of men and 30% of women and people with vaginas, have trouble climaxing at all. Satisfying sex is an essential part of both a man and woman’s overall physical and emotional wellbeing at any age. The health benefits of orgasms include decreased stress levels as orgasms release endorphins and flush cortisol, and are known to improve mood, with people being generally happier when having orgasmed.  For women,  orgasms promote estrogen levels to help regulate menstrual cycles, and improve sleep due to the release of prollocatic which aids in sleep quality according to multiple studies. 1 – 2 orgasms per week improves relationships through the release of oxytocin and lowers mortality risk by up to 50%.

With so much attention on men’s sexual health this past decade, it’s about time the focus shifted to women’s sexual health and dysfunction, as the health benefits from orgasming, should be equally experienced. We interviewed Dr. Caroline Colin, an OB/GYN serving the Santa Monica, California area, who recommends addressing female sexual dysfunction from where the orgasm more than likely stems — the clitoris. Keep reading to learn more! 

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Equalizing the Orgasm: Time to Address the Pleasure Gap between Men and Women

The sole function of the clitoris is the female orgasm: The clitoris is a fascinating part of the female anatomy with its sole purpose being to provide pleasure. That’s it. It is there to make us feel good.  The clitoris is located above the vaginal opening and you can only see a small part of the clitoris, as the majority of it is internal. For women and people with vaginas, orgasms most commonly come from the clitoris.

  1. Clitoral orgasms are the most common of all female orgasms: 70 to 80% of people with vaginas need direct clitoral stimulation, either with a toy, fingers, tongue, or the right position that hits the spot.
  2. Clitoral orgasms can last up to 30 seconds: According to research, clitoral orgasms can last from 10 to 30 seconds.  Not bad!
  3. Clitoral orgasms are stronger than a penile orgasm: The clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings (or more!), twice the amount of nerve endings in the head of a penis. Wow, and he thought he was having fun?

Dr. Caroline goes on to explain that the clitoris is one of the most sensitive erogenous zones in the body due to its high number of nerve endings.  However, the clitoral nerves require adequate blood flow in order to function properly. With menopause, low estrogen levels contribute to decreased blood flow, which in turn impacts the ability of the clitoral nerves to respond to stimulation. When addressing sexual dysfunction brought on my menopause, the focus should be on the clitoris.  A gentle alternative to rejuvenation surgery is the use of Cliovana, an acoustic sound-wave technology that is entirely non-invasive. This patented sound wave treatment increases clitoral responsiveness leading to greater sexual satisfaction, increased orgasm, intensity, frequency, and increased arousal and lubrication.

This is done with the use of sound waves which have been used to treat a wide variety of soft tissue issues for 40 years.  Simply put, the sound wave technology boosts the process of regenerating cells in the genitals, resulting in improved blood flow to the clitoris, which increases sensitivity, all leading to more orgasms. Back to pleasure! This quick session is approximately 10 minutes and is done four times over two weeks. The results are often felt immediately and intensify over three months. Best of all, these effects last for a year or more and can be sustained with an annual revitalization session of two 10 minute treatments.

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Meet Our Expert:

Dr. Caroline Colin is an OB/GYN serving the Santa Monica, California area. Dr. Colin is highly experienced in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Colin obtained a Masters Degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University, and continued on to receive her Doctor of Medicine Degree. Dr. Colin returned to Los Angeles after medical school and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA. Dr. Colin’s practice philosophy involves an active patient role and close communication. Her special interests include preventive health through self-awareness in addition to allopathic screening, holistic medicine, maternal-fetal correlation, and minimally invasive surgery. She uses state of the art equipment and up to date evidence-based medicine to provide the best care possible for her patients.

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