Sex

Why women orgasm

It’s one of the best feelings in the world, but why exactly do women orgasm? Science can explain…

We’re either taking it for granted or frustrated by not having it enough, but it’s not very often we actually think about why women orgasm. For scientists, the male “O” makes total sense – it’s a pat on the back for spreading their seed, which encourages them to keep sowing their wild oats. But the scientific reasons behind the female orgasm are a little tricker to pin down because a lady climax doesn’t contribute to reproduction. However, recent studies have shown that it might all be down to evolution.

Did we evolve to orgasm?

Some scientists treat female orgasms like a happy accident, which is totally not cool with us. In fact, the byproduct hypothesis gives all the credit to men. You see, for the first two months that babies are in the womb their genitals are completely the same. Then they change to become male or female, but scientists state that women’s genitals retain the sensitivity penises have. But this isn’t so that we can enjoy sex like men, it’s just a biological hang-over. This implies that it’s all about the guys and we ladies are merely lucky to have evolved in a similar way “down there”. Not very sexy, huh.

The second theory for why ladies orgasm is called mate choice. It suggests female orgasms evolved so we could attract better mates, with higher quality sperm. This idea also suggests that our climaxes help us seek out guys who are better long-term prospects. In support of this theory, a number of studies have shown orgasms actually do increase the chance of getting pregnant. While that is all well and good, if we evolved to “O” to help increase the population or attract more men, then surely a climax during intercourse should be a whole lot easier, right? When masturbation can do the job a lot more quickly than direct intercourse, you can’t call it intelligent design.

But surely they should be studying the benefits...

The problem with scientists is they’ve spent too much time looking at the mechanics, rather than the body-shaking end result. Orgasms have a whole load of benefits aside from spreading the seed, and we reckon that’s what researchers need to start thinking about.

“Female orgasms are really important. Without them it is pretty hard to maintain a healthy libido,” says sexologist Vanessa Thompson.

Frequent orgasms ramp up your sex drive and keep it thrumming along, but they are also critical for helping us feel like all is right with the world.

“When a female orgasms, her brain releases a lot of feel good hormones. A lot of studies show it helps us de-stress, helps us to connect and to feel good about ourselves. When you experience “playtime”, you’re happier and can cope with more. You’re far more relaxed and emotionally stable,” says sex therapist Chantelle Austin.

With your heart and respiration rate lifting, orgasms are also a (really fun) form of cardio. But you don’t only get the benefits of exercise and a flood of endorphins, your brain also releases two other feel good chemicals: dopamine and oxytocin. No wonder you feel so darn amazing afterwards. If that’s not enough, all those feel-good emotions make it a natural pain-killer. Got a headache? An orgasm or two will sort you right out!

The female orgasm may be surrounded by mystery (some guys will never work it out), but what’s known is that it’s very, very good for you. So go forth, grab your man and do a little cardio. It’ll make your day a whole lot brighter.