Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Bloomington, IN, United States (4E) – Intriguing research that focused on orgasm and sexual pleasure as related to genital touch and stimulation revealed that American women want to be pleasured in a certain way.
The published study called “OMGYES Pleasure Report: Women and Touch” by the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and the school’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion sought to address gaps in the scientific understanding of women’s sexual pleasure.
The study found that the more than 1,000 women (ages 18 to 94) surveyed reported a diverse set of preferences for genital touch, location, pressure, shape and pattern. It discovered that 41 percent of women preferred just one specific style of touch, underscoring the value of couples having conversations about their preferences and desires.
This study is the first U.S. nationally representative data on pathways to orgasm during intercourse. It noted that nearly 75 percent of women saying clitoral stimulation was either necessary for their intercourse-orgasms, or helped their orgasms feel better.
Another 18 percent noted that vaginal penetration alone was sufficient for orgasm.
“There had been little known at the population level about detailed aspects of women’s sexual pleasure and orgasm,” said Debby Herbenick, lead author of the study and professor at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.
“Most previous studies utilized clinical, college and convenience samples. We worked to change that with this research and provide data surveying a U.S. nationally representative probability sample of adult women.”
Herbenick and her research team, including Brian Dodge, associate professor in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, conducted the OMGYES Sexual Pleasure Report with a focus on discovering a greater understanding of women’s sexual pleasure and orgasm.
OMGYES is a research company that partners with scientists to fill the gap in scientific and public understanding of sexual pleasure.
“The study results challenge the mistaken, but common, notion that there are universal ‘sex moves that work’ for everyone,” said Dodge.
“On the other hand, the data also make clear that there are certain styles of touch that are more commonly preferred by women, emphasizing the value of studying sexual pleasure – and not just sexual problems.”
Women’s sexual health is one of several research areas focused on within the IU School of Public Health’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion.
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