Science Explains How the Female Orgasm Really Works

Have you ever wondered exactly how the female orgasm works? Or better yet, have you ever met someone who clearly just does not understand how the female orgasm works?

Luckily, BuzzFeed saves the day once again with this short intro video to the female orgasm. Not only does this video explain the science behind orgasms (something that would have made high school biology much more interesting), but it also dispels some myths about the female orgasm and lays down some facts that even most women are never told about.

Like the fact that women generally take longer to orgasm than men do. Compare the female average of 10 to 20 minutes to the male average of only about two to three minutes.

This video also gives a shout out to a part of the female body that often gets forgotten about: the clitoris. BuzzFeed reminds all of us that the majority of women cannot orgasm from penetration alone, but actually need clitoral stimulation as well. The clitoris has about 8,000 nerve endings in it, and during sex it fills with blood, enlarging and moving position. Stimulation of these 8,000 nerve endings can motivate an orgasm.

When a woman orgasms, her muscles contract and release endorphins which can cause an elevation in mood. Not only do women usually orgasm for longer (six to 10 contractions as opposed to four to six for men), but they can also orgasm in their sleep, while exercising, or even while giving birth!

How’s that for a science lesson?