Male vs Female Orgasm

Male vs Female Orgasm

It doesn’t matter what gender you are, you may have caught yourself wondering whether the opposite sex experiences orgasms the same way you do.

It is a known fact that male orgasms are more often reported, celebrated, and researched than female orgasms. After all, they do have a reproductive function.

Most people also know that females experience different types of orgasms than males.

But is there such a big difference between the male vs female orgasm? Aren’t they just two sides of the same coin? And is one better than the other?

Luckily, we are here to clear the air and explain exactly how the orgasms experienced by males and females differ.

We will look at ejaculation, duration as well as some key physiological differences between how males and females experience orgasms.

We will also discuss which gender enjoys the most intense orgasm to settle the debate once and for all.

What this article covers:

What’s the Difference Between a Male and Female Orgasm?

Brain Activity

A recent study has found that both genders experience similar brain activity at the point of orgasm, marked by activations in the cerebellar vermis and deactivations in two other cortices of the brain (the ventromedial and orbitofrontal cortices).

But, there were marked differences in the areas of the brain that were activated during the initial stimulation phase of the sexual activity.

This suggests that men and women experience similar brain activity during orgasm but not in the periods leading up to the sexual climax.

The Refractory Period

Another key difference in the way men and women experience orgasms has to do with the refractory period.

After a man ejaculates, they experience a refractory period or a time when they are unable to become aroused and achieve orgasm again.

For women, this period is less pronounced, which also allows women to experience multiple orgasms or orgasms that happen in a succession of one another.

That being said, many women have reported periods of clitoral sensitivity after experiencing orgasm during which stimulation is ineffective and they also experience a refractory period of sorts.

But, this phenomenon is far less pronounced in women and for the most part, women are capable of achieving multiple orgasms, especially with varying forms of stimulation.


Statistics also show that most men ejaculate during a sexual encounter and that it is easy to achieve climax through penetrative action.

In fact, research shows that 95% percent of straight men orgasm during sex, whereas only 65% of straight women reported having an orgasm after every sexual encounter.

For women, the path to orgasm is often more difficult.

Many women need additional stimulation of other erogenous zones, such as the clitoris, in conjunction with penetration to achieve an orgasm.

This also means women can experience various types of orgasms including vaginal orgasms via penetration, clitoral orgasms, nipple orgasms, and even cervical orgasms as a result of deep penetration.

Sometimes, a woman can experience more than one of these orgasms at any given time.

But, this also means that women need a little more than simple penetration to get them there, a fact that is often overlooked by their partners.

Another key difference is that women often require more foreplay to get aroused to the point that they can achieve orgasm.

For many men, foreplay is not as essential for achieving orgasm and they can become quickly aroused and primed for an orgasm.


Another key difference between male and female orgasms lies in the time it takes to achieve orgasm and the length of the orgasm itself.

For women, it takes longer to achieve orgasm and the orgasm also lasts longer. Men can achieve orgasms more quickly, but they don’t last as long as female orgasms.

Bodily Sensations

Women have also reported sensations of “full-body” orgasms, whereby orgasms are felt through the entire body. This is also dictated by the type of stimulation and orgasm that a woman experiences.

For men, the experience of orgasm is more localized to the sexual regions.

Faking It

Another key difference between the orgasms men and women can experience is that women can fake their orgasms better than men.

Because there is not necessarily ejaculatory fluid present at the point of orgasm, a lot of women can pretend to orgasm to keep their partners happy.

And a lot of women do this, especially since it is so difficult for them to achieve an orgasm through partner sex.


Males ejaculate at the point of orgasm and their seminal fluid contains sperm which has reproductive value.

Females can also ejaculate during sex, but the fluid excreted from their vagina has no real reproductive value.

For this reason, male orgasms are treated as an important factor when people are trying to conceive, whereas the female orgasm does not influence two people’s ability to conceive

If this is the case, what does male cum have that female cum does not have? Let’s find out below.

What’s the Difference Between Male and Female Cum?

For most men, an orgasm ends in ejaculation. Unless there is some sort of affliction present, the presence of seminal fluid indicates that a man has experienced an orgasm.

Females, on the other hand, can experience different types of ejaculation such as squirting and cumming.

Both are associated with the release of liquid from the vagina but the secretion of this liquid does not contain anything that has reproductive value.

Rather, female ejaculation is just one way that females can express their sexual satisfaction and sometimes it happens spontaneously in response to stimulation.

So, what is the difference between squirting and cumming?

Squirting is the release of a urine-like liquid from the vagina and can happen in the absence of an orgasm.

Cumming, or creaming, refers to the expulsion of a small amount of milky white fluid that happens in response to an orgasm.

Both occur mostly in response to G-spot stimulation and both types of liquid get expelled through the urethra of the vagina.

Creaming more closely resembles male ejaculation, but is often much less than the seminal fluid men produce. It does resemble male cum in appearance though because it is thick, milky liquid.

Does this mean all women squirt or cream in response to arousal or orgasm? No, not exactly. And these experiences are not the same as orgasms either.

The difference between cum and orgasm in females is that one refers to the expulsion of liquid from the vagina, whereas an orgasm refers to the point of sexual climax female experiences.

Many women experience orgasms without releasing any liquid from their vagina, so ejaculation and orgasms do not go hand in hand as they do for men.

As a result, the absence of ejaculatory fluid in females should not be taken as an indication that they did not experience an orgasm.

Do Male and Female Orgasms Feel the Same?

Even though there are a lot of differences between male and female orgasms, it has been said that they can be regarded as similar between males and females.

This is because both males and females have the same sexual equipment to work with. For example, the penis and the clitoris develop from the same thing and so do the prostate and the G-Spot.

When someone with a penis experiences an orgasm, the sphincter, prostate gland, and penis contract to produce pleasurable sensations.

In females, the contraction of vaginal, uterine, and pelvic muscles creates the same sensations.

For this reason, the contractions and pleasurable sensations can be compared as being largely similar across the two sexes.

Both males and females also release oxytocin during the sex act, indicating that both sexes experience the release of the same “pleasure hormone” and as a result, both derive the same sense of pleasure from it.

There is also a sense of shared intimacy.

Both females and males experience a sense of satisfaction from seeing their partners experiencing pleasure.

These emotionally charged moments contribute to the shared moments of eroticism during orgasm and sex as a whole.

Who Has the Most Intense Orgasm: Men or Women?

Because of the key differences between the orgasms that men and women experience, a lot of people have wondered which sex experiences a more pleasurable orgasm.

As mentioned above, there are a lot of similarities in the experience of orgasm in men and women. There are also a lot of similarities in the brain activity of men and women during orgasms.

Because women can experience multiple orgasms, many people believe that their orgasms are more intense than those that men experience.

This has also been supported by the variety of orgasms that women can achieve.

On the other hand, men can experience orgasms far more easily, which has led some people to believe that they experience “better” orgasms than females. 

The truth is that both orgasms are pleasurable and that both share key similarities and differences. 

Male orgasms are reported as being shorter in duration and more explosive. 

Females experience longer orgasms that are more prolonged in their intensity.

So, the truth is neither is more intense. And both sexes are capable of experiencing increased intensity by incorporating new techniques and tricks into their bedroom routine.

At the end of the day, you can take comfort in the fact that the opposite sex is probably experiencing their orgasm just as much as you but that your orgasm is also unique in its own right.

Rather focus on making the experience of an orgasm more pleasurable for yourself, than wondering whether you are missing out on an intense orgasm just because you are of the opposite sex.


Yes, there are many differences between female and male orgasms including their duration, the difficulty in achieving orgasm, and the sensations that are experienced.

But the important thing is that both sexes experience orgasms as equally pleasurable due to the physical makeup of female and male sex organs, the release of oxytocin, and similarities in brain activity.

For this reason, we can’t say for certain that one sex has a more intense orgasm than the other. Rather, both sexes derive intense pleasure from the moment they experience that sexual climax.

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