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Why Women Have Difficulties to Have Orgasms: A Large Scale Qualitative Study

Why Women Have Difficulties to Have Orgasms: A Large Scale Qualitative Study

Introduction: Previous empirical findings of national
sex surveys indicate that women differ greatly from
one another in terms of their tendency and capacity to
experience orgasms. Some associations between orgasmic
capacity and situational, mental and relationship
issues have been found. However, much has been left
to study with the help of qualitative data that could
enable to explain why orgasms are so difficult or so
easy to different women.
Methods: This qualitative study was conducted in
Finland in 2018 via online survey. Respondents were
the readers of the leading Finnish newspaper Helsingin
Sanomat. They could respond to open ended questions
that were based the key results of previous studies.
These questions (altogether 14) included for example:
What prevent you the most to have orgasm in love
making? How do you suppose that having orgasms is
either difficult or easy to you? This qualitative survey
received responses from 7000 women and 1000 men.
Results: There is an evidence that one key issue why
so many women have difficulties to have orgasms is
based on their limited ability to concentrate in love
making. Their mind can be full of disturbing thoughts
and worries. They can’t relax enough to experience
sexual pleasure. Other reasons for difficulties to have
orgasms are, for example, fatigue, low sexual selfesteem,
limited stimulation to clitoris and the use of
medicaments. Many women had also limited physical
sense of touch and stimulation. Some considered sexual
incompatibility with their partner.
Conclusion: There are a number of explanations for
individual tendencies in the tendency and motivation
to experience orgasms. Many women considered
orgasms to be more important to their partners than to
themselves. There is a need promote sexual pleasure
and orgasms to women who have difficulties to recognize
and acknowledge that sexual pleasure is their selfevident
sexual right.
Keywords: Orgasm, Sexual pleasure, Qualitative study
Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement: None