Wives’ top sexual complaint during the 1920s—no orgasm during partner sex
Studies of women and orgasm
Andersen, B.L. and J.M. Cyranowski. “Women’s Sexuality: Behaviors, Responses, and Individual Differences,” Journal of Counseling Psychology (1995) 63:891.
Fisher, W.A. et al. “Individual and Partner Correlates of Sexual Satisfaction and Relationship Happiness in Midlife Couples: Dyadic Analysis of the International Survey of Relationships,” Archives of Sexual Behavior (2105) 44:1609.
Haavio Mannila, E. and O. Kontula. “Correlates of Increased Sexual Satisfaction,” Archives of Sexual Behavior (1997) 26:399.
Herbenick, D. et al. “Women’s Experiences with Genital Touching, Sexual Pleasure, and Orgasm: Results from a U.S. Probability Sample of Women Ages 18 to 94,” Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (2018) 44:201.
Hite, S. The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality. Macmillan, NY, 1976.
Kinsey, A. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 1948.
Kinsey, A. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 1953.
Komisaruk, B.R. et al. The Science of Orgasm. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2006.
Laumann, E.O. et al. The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1994.
Leonhardt, N.D. et al. “The Significance of the Female Orgasm: A Nationally Representative, Dyadic Study of Newlyweds’ Orgasm Experience,” Journal of Sexual Medicine (2018) 15:1140.
Masters, W. and V. Johnson. Human Sexual Response. Little Brown, NY, 1966.
Masters, W. and V. Johnson. Human Sexual Inadequacy. Little Brown, NY, 1970.
Moynihan, R. “The Making of a Disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction,” BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal (2003) 326:45.
Rowland, D.L. et al. “Women’s Attributions Regarding Why They Have Difficulty Reaching Orgasm,” Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (2018) 44:475.
Salisbury, C.M.A. and W.A. Fisher. ’Did You Come?’ A Qualitative Exploration of Gender Differences in Beliefs, Experiences, and Concerns Regarding Female Orgasm Occurrence During Heterosexual Sexual Interactions,” Journal of Sex Research (2014) 51:616.
Wade, L.D. et al. “The Incidental Orgasm: The Presence of Clitoral Knowledge and the Absence of Orgasm for Women,” Women and Health (2005) 42:117.
The Australian study of the sexual moves that produce women’s orgasms
Richters, J. et al. “Sexual Practices at Last Heterosexual Encounter and Occurrence of Orgasm in a National Survey,” Journal of Sex Research (2006) 43:217.
Women are more reliably orgasmic from solo sex
Rowland, D.L et al. “Orgasmic Latency and Related Parameters in Women During Partnered and Masturbatory Sex,” Journal of Sexual Medicine (2018) 15:1463.
More than one-third of women said direct clitoral stimulation is necessary for orgasm
Herbenick, D. et al. “Women’s Experience with Genital Touching, Sexual Pleasure, and Orgasm: Results from a U.S. Probability Sample of Women Age 14 to 94,” Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (2018) 44:201.
Comparison of orgasm rates—lesbians vs. heterosexual women
Coleman, E.M. et al. “Arousability and Sexual Satisfaction in Lesbian and Heterosexual Women,” Journal of Sex Research (1983) 19:58.
Frederick, D.A.et al. “Differences In Orgasm Frequency Among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Men and Women in a U.S. National Sample,” Archives of Sexual Behavior (2017) epub ahead of print.
Willis, M. et al. “Are Women’s Orgasms Hindered by Phallocentric Imperatives?” Archives of Sexual Behavior (2018) 47:1565.
Gender differences, PornHub searches of “cunnilingus,” “pussy eating”
The analysis of 33 studies of women’s orgasms
Lloyd, E. The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2005.
Helping women to orgasm is key to men’s sexual self-esteem
Chadwick, S.B. et al. “Do Women’s Orgasms Function as a Masculinity Achievement for Men?” Journal of Sex Research (2017) 54:1141.
Fahs, B. “Coming to Power: Women’s Fake Orgasms and Best Orgasm Experiences Illuminate the Failures of (Hetero)sex and the Pleasures of Connection,” Culture, Health, and Sexuality (2014) 16:974.
Jern, P. et al. “A Longitudinal Assessment of Associations Between Women’s Tendency to Pretend Orgasm, Orgasm Function, and Intercourse-Related Pain in Different Partner Relationship Constellations,” Archives of Sexual Behavior (2018) 47:671.
McCoy, M.G. et al. “Development and Initial Psychometric Assessment of the ‘Reasons for Pretending Orgasm’ Inventory,” Evolutionary Psychology (2015) 13:129.
Muehlenhard, C.L and S.K. Shippee. “Men’s and Women’s Reports of Pretending Orgasm,” Journal of Sex Research (2010) 47:552.
Women moving their pelvises during man-on-top intercourse
Bischof-Campbell, A. et al. “Body Movement is Associated with Orgasm During Vaginal Intercourse in Women,” Journal of Sex Research (2109) 56:356.
Towne, A. “Clitoral Stimulation During Penile-Vaginal Intercourse: APhenomenological Study Exploring Sexual Experiences in Support of Female Orgasm,” Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality (2019) 28:68.
The Coital Alignment Technique
Eichel, E.W. et al. “The Technique of Coital Alignment and Its Relation to Female Orgasmic Response and Simultaneous Orgasm,” Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (1988) 14:129.
Eichel, E. and P. Noblie. The Perfect Fit. Dutton, NY, 1992.
Hurlbert, D.F. and C. Apt. “The Coital Alignment Technique and Directed Masturbation: A Comparative Study of Female Orgasm,” Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (1995) 21:21.
Kaplan, H.S. “Does the CAT Technique Enhance Female Orgasm?” Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (1992) 18:285.
Pierce, A.P. “The Coital Alignment Technique 9(AT): An Overview of Studies,” Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (2000) 26:257.
For women who have trouble with orgasm
Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Program for Women by Julia Heiman, Ph.Dand Joseph LoPiccolo, Ph.D. Fireside/Simon and Schuster, 1987 (revised edition).
Better Sex Video: Becoming Orgasmic. Based on the book. Directed by Mark Schoen. 1993.
Why women have orgasms
Kratochvil, S. “The Duration of Female Orgasm,” Cesk Psychiatry [Czech journal]. (1993) 89:296.
Puts, D.A. et al. “Why Women Have Orgasms: An Evolutionary Analysis,” Archives of Sexual Behavior (2012) 4:1127.
Simons, A.M. “Why Do Men Have Nipples?” Scientific American (2003) Sept 17.