Unlocking the Secrets of the Female Orgasm

Study finds that women who perceive their partners as attractive are more likely to climax.

Researchers from the psychology department of Oakland University shed some light on the biological reason and purpose for the female orgasm in a recent study.

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Based on reports from 439 women in committed, heterosexual relationships, the study examined the connection between the women’s last orgasm, how attractive they perceived their partners to be, and how attractive they believed other women to find their partners.

Asking the study participants whether they experienced an orgasm during their last sexual encounter with their partners, they found that the women who did also believed (1) that their partner is attractive and (2) that other women agreed.

But why? Researchers call it the “sexy son” theory, purporting that the female orgasm selects more for reproductive success — creating attractive offspring that will have be more likely to reproduce — than for some biological, survival-driven purpose.

Yael Sela, Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford, Todd K. Shackelford, Michael N. Pham. Female copulatory orgasm and male partner’s attractiveness to his partner and other women. Personality and Individual Differences, 2015 (79) 152–156.  doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.02.008

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