x. Orgasm

Orgasm begins with a feeling of inevitably, a point of no return. Thereafter it is described as ‘waves’ of pleasure, often localized in the genital area. In the man as well as the woman, there are contractions of the striated muscle tissue of the pelvic floor, initially every 0.8 seconds, which repeat between 3 and 15 times. Psychologically it is important that there is a level of trust in the partner, and the ability to release emotions to a certain extent – a controlled loss of control.

The female orgasm has been the subject of emotional discussions for more than a century. For a long time coital orgasm was the only form of adult orgasm. Sexual satisfaction through stimulation of the clitoris was regarded as an indication of immaturity. Masters and Johnson, however, showed that direct or indirect stimulation of the clitoris is always necessary in order to reach orgasm. They therefore postulated that all orgasms are clitoral. Today, there is a tendency to distinguish between two types of orgasm: the ‘vulval’ orgasm, resulting from clitoral stimulation and characterized by vaginal contractions, and the ‘uterine’ orgasm, resulting from coitus (usually combined with clitoral stimulation), characterized by stronger emotional responses and contractions of the womb.