Over the past 20 years, sexual health has no doubt become a hot topic. Two decades ago the word was taboo, now it’s hard to watch an hour of TV or surf the internet without happening upon a commercial, advertisement or article exploring options for improved sexual performance. Our drive for sex is intertwined with our psychological needs for esteem and connection.
Studies from around the globe have shown that a satisfying sex life impacts many aspects of a woman’s life- from longevity and the incidence of heart disease to mental health and the strength of relationships.
Truly satisfying sex is an important part of a woman’s overall physical and emotional well-being at any adult age, but many women aren’t feeling as much pleasure as they’d like.
The Pleasure Gap
Many women experience difficulty with orgasm in particular. A study published in 2014 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that only 62.9% of women were able to experience an orgasm with a familiar partner, compared to 85.1% of men. Researchers have referred to this phenomenon as the “orgasm gap” or the “pleasure gap”. Some studies have found that 30% of women have trouble climaxing at all, and only 20% could orgasm from penetration alone without some other form of stimulation. And yet, women have 8000 nerve endings in the clitoris!