New Study Claims Lesbians Have Orgasms More Often Than Straight Women, Men, Everyone


1. A new, very sexy study, undertaken at Indiana, Emory, and Rutgers universities, aims to answer the question: Who among us is having the best orgasms?

The study was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine on Monday.

2. The goal: “To assess orgasm occurrence during sexual activity across sexual orientation categories.”


3. In a questionnaire, participants reported their gender, self-identified sexual orientation, and “percentage of the time they experience orgasm when having sex with a familiar partner.”

The possible orientation categories listed included heterosexual, gay/lesbian, and bisexual — queer and asexual identities were not listed. The possible gender categories only included “male” and “female.” The study surveyed 1,350 self-identified single females and 1,497 self-identified single males. All the participants also had sexual experiences that occurred in the last 12 months.

4. Bad news for ladies? The results showed men having a higher occurrence of reaching the finish line.

Results listed: 85.1% among single men, 62.9% among single women.

5. The men’s results also didn’t significantly vary across sexual orientations.

6. For women, the rate of orgasm varied significantly by sexual orientation.

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Results listed: heterosexual women 61.6%, lesbian women 74.7%, and bisexual women 58.0%.

7. And lesbians — pardon the pun — came out on top, with a higher probability of orgasm than both straight women and bisexual women.

8. “One possible explanation is that […] lesbian women are more comfortable and familiar with the female body and thus, on average, are better able to induce orgasm in their female partners,” the study stated.

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Sarah Karlan is the associate LGBT editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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