Vaginal Orgasm is Best According to New Study

September 17, 2009 by Lin Edwards, Medical Xpress weblog

( -- A new study by Stuart Brody and Petr Weiss suggests vaginal orgasm is best and that sex education and medical approaches might undervalue its benefits. It also asserted the major factors in achieving vaginal orgasm were sex education focusing on its benefits, and being mentally tuned into vaginal sensations during intercourse.

The study, to be published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, aimed to examine the effects on vaginal orgasm of childhood or adolescent education, focus on vaginal sensations during intercourse, and preference for a longer than average penis.

The researchers studied 1,000 Czech , who all self-reported their experiences of orgasm and durations of foreplay and intercourse. The scientists found that vaginal orgasm was associated with all their hypothesized correlates, with the most important being sex education that led women to believe the vagina was important for orgasm, and focusing mentally on vaginal sensations, an ability which they thought might have been influenced by the .

The duration of intercourse was important, but the length of foreplay was not. Just over one third said they were more likely to orgasm if the penis was longer than average, but the remainder had no preference.

Dr Brody, from the University of the West of Scotland, was also co-author of two other papers, one of which suggested mental, sexual, life, and relationship satisfaction were associated with penile-vaginal intercourse, while other sexual behaviors could result in less satisfaction, and the other suggested orgasm in women was associated with longer duration of intercourse rather than foreplay.

Some scientists have questioned the validity of the study and its motivations. Dr Gemma O'Brien of the University of New England in Australia pointed out that self-reporting introduces weakness into the research because perceptions are subjective. Dr O'Brien said parts of the research could help women who have difficulty with orgasm, especially the findings on mental focus, which show the brain is really the most important sex organ.

Associate Professor Rosemary Coates of Australia's Curtin University of Technology said she believed assumptions about vaginal orgasm leading to feelings of satisfaction revert to Freudian ideas on female sexuality, and that the clitoris is almost always involved in orgasm. She even accused the study's (male) authors of clitoral envy.

Dr Vivienne Cass, also of Curtin University of Technology is concerned about the motivation for a study emphasizing vaginal over clitoral orgasm, which she sees as being related to a push by drug companies to "medicalize" vaginal orgasms and to treat women who don't experience them as sick, and therefore a potential market for pills.

More information:

Full papers are available: … l/122582397/abstract … l/122368838/abstract … l/121496158/abstract

© 2009

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Best of Last Year—The top Medical Xpress articles of 2017

December 20, 2017
It was a good year for medical research as a team at the German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg, found that dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain. Any exercise helps, the team found, but dancing ...

Pickled in 'cognac', Chopin's heart gives up its secrets

November 26, 2017
The heart of Frederic Chopin, among the world's most cherished musical virtuosos, may finally have given up the cause of his untimely death.

Sugar industry withheld evidence of sucrose's health effects nearly 50 years ago

November 21, 2017
A U.S. sugar industry trade group appears to have pulled the plug on a study that was producing animal evidence linking sucrose to disease nearly 50 years ago, researchers argue in a paper publishing on November 21 in the ...

Female researchers pay more attention to sex and gender in medicine

November 7, 2017
When women participate in a medical research paper, that research is more likely to take into account the differences between the way men and women react to diseases and treatments, according to a new study by Stanford researchers.

Drug therapy from lethal bacteria could reduce kidney transplant rejection

August 3, 2017
An experimental treatment derived from a potentially deadly microorganism may provide lifesaving help for kidney transplant patients, according to an international study led by investigators at Cedars-Sinai.

Exploring the potential of human echolocation

June 25, 2017
People who are visually impaired will often use a cane to feel out their surroundings. With training and practice, people can learn to use the pitch, loudness and timbre of echoes from the cane or other sounds to navigate ...


Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Sep 17, 2009
This comment has been removed by a moderator.
Sep 17, 2009
This comment has been removed by a moderator.
4 / 5 (3) Sep 17, 2009
The self-reporting part does seem fishy. Not a particularly scientific way of proving stuff.

My observation is that ladies prefer a healthy mixture of the two anyway.
Sep 17, 2009
This comment has been removed by a moderator.
4 / 5 (2) Sep 17, 2009
The self-reporting part does seem fishy

And also regarding Gemma O'Brien's reported comments on this aspect - just exactly how else would you propose gathering (objective?) assessment of the satisfaction of 2810 men and women over 30 days in respect of the various sexual behaviours they have participated in during that time? (See the 2nd study listed.)

Employ 2810 voyeurs for a month and supply them with a variety of medical apparatus to measure statistics on each person as they 'perform', and afterwards?

The alternatives to the self-reporting, subjective method chosen seem ludicrous, though I suppose a call for volunteers for the suggestion above would likely be oversubscribed...
not rated yet Sep 17, 2009
How insulting and sexist of Rosemary Coates if she did indeed make those remarks. Vivienne Cass should wonder at Coates's motivation rather than apparently ascribing the studies to a nefarious 'big pharma' scheme without giving any evidence of such.
Sep 18, 2009
This comment has been removed by a moderator.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.