How long does it take to cross the finish line? Which positions make you most likely to climax? And is it really possible to have an climax every time? We have the answers to all of your biggest O-. questions—plus everything you need to know to have your best climax yet.
THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO HAVE A HAPPY ENDING
Clitoral orgasms may be the best-known way to cross the finish line, but they’re certainly not your only option. You can also have a vaginal climax, a blended climax, or multiple orgasms. Try them all.
bosomGASMS ARE REAL—SERIOUSLY
Giving the girls some love could give you a seriously awesome climax—no other stimulation required. Find out how to have a bosomgasm.
FOREPLAY ISN’T OPTIONAL AS FAR AS YOUR climax IS CONCERNED
The more kissing and caressing you do, the more your blood flow increases, which makes you extra-sensitive. It takes 10-20 minutes of stimulation for the average woman to reach her peak—which should be just enough time to try all of these 4 ultra-hot foreplay moves.
ORAL IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO GET OFF
Most women find it hard to finish from vaginal s*x alone since it’s not great at stimulating your super-sensitive cli**ris, says sexologist Leanna Wolfe, Ph.D. Oral s*x fixes that problem. Try these four oral s*x positions to up your climax odds.
It’s the easiest way for women to hit the big O (after all, who know what feels good better than you?). Use these tips to make your next solo session even hotter.
THE AVERAGE climax IS 20 SECONDS LONG
During that 20 seconds, you have rhythmic contractions about every 0.08 seconds—and you can make those contractions stronger . doing Kegel exercises off-the-clock.
EXERCISING CAN GET YOU OFF
Kegels aren’t the only exercise that can deliver toe-curling results: Certain abs moves can give you what’s known as a “coregasm.” Try this coregasm workout to see for yourself how it works—but maybe not when the gym is too crowded.
YOU CAN climax DURING CHILDBIRTH
File this under odd-but-true: Labor can actually jump-start an climax. (We’re guessing this makes for a supremely awkward delivery room.)
YOU CAN THINK YOUR WAY TO A HAPPY ENDING
In other weird climax news, it’s possible to mentally induce an climax. “It’s a combination of breathing, fantasy, and giving yourself permission to focus on yourself,” says s*x therapist Gina Ogden, Ph.D.
MAKING NOISE MAKES YOUR climax BETTER
Turns out, controlling the volume on your s*x sounds could be the key to an awesome O. In tantric s*x, making high-pitched noises brings s*xual energy to your chest, throat, and head, while low-pitched noises bring them down to… well, down there. Switch up your sounds for a full-body climax.
MOST WOMEN HAVE FAKED IT
Studies show that 60 percent of women have given an Oscar-worthy performance in bed (but 59 percent of guys think they can spot a faker, interestingly)
COUPLED-UP WOMEN HAVE MORE ORGASMS
Women in relationships tend to climax a higher percentage of the time during s*x than women who are just hooking up, according to research. Don’t let the “climax gap” hold you back. Find out why you’re not finishing—and how to get through your roadblock to have the best s*x ever.
ANXIETY CAN KEEP YOU FROM CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
Super-stressed women have lower levels of physical arousal than women with normal stress levels, according to research. These six tips will help you have great s*x—even when you’re on-edge.
BUMMER ALERT: SOME WOMEN ACTUALLY CAN’T climax
An estimated 10-15 percent of women are anorgasmic, meaning they’re physically unable to cross the finish line. Think you might be one of them? Don’t give up just yet! First, see if one of these five climax obstacles could be getting in your way.
SOME POSITIONS ARE MORE climax-FRIENDLY THAN OTHERS
Doggie-style is one of the best O-inducing positions for women. Why? It stimulates the G-spot (an ultra-sensitive spot on the inside of your vaginal wall) and your cli**ris. Check out more s*x positions that maximize your odds of having an climax.
ORGASMS MAKE YOU A CHATTY CATHY
Ever wonder why you find yourself opening up after a roll in the hay? Blame oxytocin, a chemical that your brain releases post-climax. Learn more about climax-induced chatter (and when you should keep your mouth shut).
YOUR NATIONALITY MIGHT AFFECT YOUR PLEASURE
A recent poll of Israeli women showed that 72 percent had crossed the finish line the last time they got busy. See which country’s ladies have the best s*x lives—and why.
ORGASMS GET BETTER WITH AGE
Women ages 80 to 99 are more sexually satisfied than younger women, according to a study in The American Journal of Medicine. Check out who else has the best s*x.
SIMULTANEOUS ORGASMS DON’T JUST HAPPEN IN MOVIES
As awesome as it is to achieve your own climax, nothing beats reaching the big O at the same time as your partner.