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The female orgasm: How to have one and types of orgasm

Written by Ruth Tauber

Ruth Tauber

Ruth Tauber is a Scottish writer who specializes in women’s health and well-being. She’s written for several global brands and loves smashing taboos, communicating complex science in a straightforward way, and helping women make informed choices about their health. Ruth lives in Stockholm and holds an MA in Scottish Literature and Language from the University of Glasgow.

Fact checked by Agathe van Lamsweerde, Scientist at Natural Cycles

Agathe van Lamsweerde

Agathe van Lamsweerde, holds a Master's in Mathematical Engineering from KU Leuven and EPFL, and works as a Data Scientist at Natural Cycles in Geneva. Her role entails developing in-house algorithms and collaborating with global research teams to challenge stigmas in women’s reproductive health.

Key takeaways: 

  • An orgasm is the body’s response to stimulation of certain erogenous zones, such as the clitoris, vagina, or anus 
  • There are many types of orgasm, and each orgasm has different phases 
  • While there is a lot of stigma around sexual pleasure, orgasms are completely natural and can actually be good for your health

For generations, the female orgasm has been a taboo subject, while male sexual pleasure was often regarded as natural and healthy, even if some issues, like virality and erectile dysfunction, have suffered from taboos too. Fortunately, we now know a lot more about the female pleasure anatomy and how to have a great orgasm. Climax can be achieved through sex, masturbation, and in some cases, just by talking! Read on to find out more.

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