Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sonography May Help Unravel the Mystery of the Female Orgasm

Sonography May Help Unravel the Mystery of the Female Orgasm

I was recently intrigued by a study covered in the science section of several newspapers describing two different types of female orgasm. This study, they reported, was evidence that women can indeed potentially experience different kinds of pleasure from clitoral stimulation and penetration.

My first reaction to this "news" was an eye-roll: surely you could just ask any woman and she’d confirm that, yup, things feel different inside and out? As I looked into the study a little further, this derision turned to mild horror as I read through the details of a method that involved wet tampons and ultrasound probes. I decided to get in touch with one of the researchers and find out what it was all about.

The study in question was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine by Odile Buisson and Emmanuele Jannini, and it set out to use sonography (ultrasound) to see if there were any anatomical differences relating to the two different types of potential orgasm women report. It’s worth bearing in mind that it had a very small study size of just three subjects—it’s described as a pilot study—but the findings did suggest that, surprise surprise, women aren't all built the same when it comes to sex.

While the results might not be a great revelation, the idea of searching for strictly anatomical evidence for the phenomenon is an interesting one. Jannini, who works at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, has been involved in many other studies into the female sexual experience, from weighing in on the G-spot controversy (which is related to this latest work) to investigating glands that could be responsible for female ejaculation. Suffice to say he’s got a fair bit more scientific expertise on all things orgasmic than the likes of Cosmo magazine.

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