By Sofi Matzaganian
You know that old joke: even bad pizza is good pizza? We feel that way about orgasms. You might be surprised to learn sex researchers have compiled a list of some of the multiple "types" of orgasms women and women-identifying folks could be having at any given time. And sometimes… even more than one type at a time.
According to an article by InStyle, there are at least eight different types of orgasms a person might have. (We’re here to say eight is probably not even in the ballpark – we’re thinking dozens, minimum - but you have to start somewhere, right?)
- Clitoral Orgasm: Due to the vast number of nerve endings in the clitoris, stimulation of clitoris can often lead to orgasm. According to an article by Bustle, about 70-80% of women rely most frequently on clitoral stimulation to reach orgasm. And according to a study done by Metro UK, about 80% of women cannot orgasm from penetration alone (shocker!) and enjoy simultaneous stimulation of the clitoris during penetration.
- G-Spot Orgasms: It is reportedly much less common to reach orgasm through stimulation of the G-spot (aka the Grafenberg Spot) alone, but less common does not = impossible. And TBH, you might not even know your G-Spot is involved in your orgasms because it can be hard to find. It’s probable that you have had your G-spot stimulated through penetrative sex or while using a penetrative sex toy. If you’re looking for it, the G-Spot is most oftenlocated about an inch or so inside the vaginal opening on the upper vaginal wall — closest to the belly button. It is sexually sensitive (it's connected to the clitoris, in fact) and swells slightly during arousal.
- Anal Orgasm: While conventionally thought to be uncommon amongst women, the anal orgasm is a very real thing. One word: lube. When playing in this area, lube is your NBFF. Using lube and gentle stimulation around the opening of the anus can be enough stimulation for some people, but if you wish to take it one step further, you can attempt penetration in whichever way feels best: fingers, toys or any part of your partner's anatomy can be used in this scenario.
- A-Spot Orgasm: Did you know there was such a thing as an A- spot? Technically known as the anterior fornix erogenous zone, the A-Spot is somewhat similar to the G-Spot and is located about five or six inches in the vagina. According to InStyle, the A-Spot is on the anterior vaginal wall, above the G-spot, closer to the cervix. Some scientists aren't sure the A-Spot is a "thing," but in a recent study, participants' A-Spots were stimulated in a variety of ways. The result? Two-thirds of the participants experienced boosted vaginal lubrication and 15 percent reached orgasm. Sounds pretty real to us!
- Nipple Orgasm: Your nipples hold more power than you might give them credit for. Stimulation of the nipples can actually lead directly to orgasm. You can pair nipple stimulation with vaginal or clitoral stimulation to reach a blended orgasm (more on this below). You can also just let the nips take center stage and stimulate them with your own fingers or ask your partner to stimulate them using their mouth, hands, or both.
- Coregasm: According to InStyle, intense exercise of the muscles in the core area can lead to orgasm. This is because of the strong connection the core has to the pelvic floor. Even if you do not reach a coregasm, you can become sexually stimulated by these types of workouts.
- Sleep Orgasm: Your brain is your best sex organ, and it is oh-so-powerful. You can absolutely reach high levels of sexual stimulation or even orgasm by using that one organ alone. When we sleep, our brains are more relaxed (along with our muscles) and it's not uncommon to have sex dreams while asleep. Sleep Orgasms are usually involuntary, but you can put yourself in a sexy mindset prior to sleep in order to test sleepgasm-ing out for yourself.
- Blended Orgasms: A blended orgasm is when two or more erogenous zones are being stimulated at the same time and it typically results in a super intense orgasm. This type of orgasm can happen during masturbation or during sex with a partner. Either way, did someone say intense? Sign us up!
Orgasm isn't the only (or even the best) reason to have sex, but it's definitely one of the fun ones. Why not let this list expand your scope of what might be possible... and perhaps see if you can come up with a classification of your own?