#HealthBytes: Five myths about orgasms busted!
Simply put, orgasm is the climax of sexual activity.
It is characterized by intense, pleasurable feelings and of course, ejaculation.
However, the concept of orgasm is pretty complicated and subjective.
And the wide range of ideas about orgasm, coupled with poor sexual education have given birth to innumerable misconceptions about it.
Here's busting five common myths about orgasms.
Myth: Everyone has orgasms
If you can't/don't orgasm, it doesn't mean your sex life isn't worth it.
In fact, some 10-15% of women are unable to orgasm. It can be frustrating, but it's real.
The condition might be a result of certain medications like antidepressants, history of trauma, among other reasons.
However, as long as the sex you are having is safe, consensual and pleasurable, you'll be fine.
Myth: Good sex and orgasm are synonymous
Of course, a satisfying orgasm is a welcome addition to sex, but it's not the only thing that makes sex great.
Factors such as excitement, foreplay, sexual confidence, emotional connect, and your relationship with the partner are also important.
So, yes orgasm is important, but just having an orgasm doesn't mean you had great sex.
Great sex doesn't necessarily require an orgasm.
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Myth: Vaginal-sex is the best way for women to orgasm
It is commonly (yet wrongly) believed that vaginal penetration is the only or the best way for women to orgasm.
Studies suggest otherwise. Research points that most women cannot really reach orgasm merely through vaginal penetration.
In fact, one out of three women reach climax only if they receive some extra pleasure, like in the form of oral or anal stimulation.
Myth: Masturbation affects your orgasms with partner
Contrary to what many believe, masturbation does not ruin your chances of orgasming when doing it with a partner.
In fact, it works the other way round.
Touching yourself actually makes you more comfortable and informed about your sexuality.
The more orgasms you experience, the better you'll know what things take you to the point of no return, and how well.
Myth #5: Sex is over when male partner orgasms
No, this is not how orgasm, or for that matter, sex works. Sex is over when all parties involved are satisfied and are happy to let go of each other. If the man has orgasmed, he should next focus on his partner's climax as well.