What’s Your Orgasm Style?

Five common types of orgasms—and how to reach them. Welcome to the Pleasure Dome.

| April 14th, 2014
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What’s Your Orgasm Style?

Your orgasm style is likely a combination of your physical anatomy, your psychological preferences and that can’t-be-quantified chemistry that occurs when you and your partner hit the sheets together. But just because one position is virtually guaranteed to get you off doesn’t mean you’re not capable of finding just as much ecstasy another way—and experimenting is a huge part of the fun, points out Jennifer Sandoval, a relationship and couples therapist based in Del Mar, Calif. “I always advise clients to focus less on climax and more on the pleasure points they feel in the moment,” she explains.

With that said, here are five common orgasm types. Find new tricks for your favorites, and then mix it up by trying something new.

Clitoral Orgasms

Clitoral Orgasms
This is the most easily accessible orgasm for women. Elisabeth Lloyd, professor of biology at Indiana University at Bloomington, found during research for her book “The Case of the Female Orgasm” that only 24 percent of women can achieve orgasm without direct clitoral stimulation. Hands, tongues or friction concentrated around the clitoris can lead to the big O even before intercourse, notes Vanessa Marin, a San Francisco-based sex therapist.

How to reach it: If a clitoral orgasm with your partner is elusive, taking the time to explore the area solo can help you get to know what moves rock your world, suggests Annette Gates, a sexologist based in New York City. During intercourse, try being on top, which allows your clitoris to grind against his pubic bone, recommends Marin. “In that position, you’re also controlling the pace of the movements, which can help you find the perfect rhythm,” she says.

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