According to sex researchers, the human body can experience at least 24 types of orgasms. Physiologically, an orgasm refers to a series of muscle contractions that occur in the genital region. However, there are many factors that could impact how an orgasm feels. For example, level of arousal, lack of concentration and stress may all affect how our bodies reach climax. This explains why orgasms might feel mind-blowing some days and just bleh at other times.
While we at Bloomi encourage folk to orgasm as much as they want, we also want to remind readers that orgasms aren’t always the end goal of a sexual experience — unless you want it to be. Ahead, find three types of orgasms along with tips and tools to motivate you to explore different forms of pleasure.
What happens to our bodies when we orgasm?
There is a surge of feel-good hormones and brain chemicals, like dopamine and oxytocin, that are released during orgasm, which is why we just can’t get enough of them. Certain areas of our bodies swell and become more sensitive due to increase in blood circulation. When aroused, the penis, vulva, vagina and breasts all expand in size. In fact, breasts can grow up to 25%. Due to blood circulation, the vulva becomes engorged and the vagina also expands, making penetration more pleasurable.
Three types of orgasms
We’re going to explore blended, multiple and tension orgasms, teaching you what they are and how to achieve them.
1. Blended orgasms
Blended orgasms happen when multiple internal and external pleasure spots are stimulated all at once. You can get creative with your hands, your partner’s hands, a sex toy or all of the above. If you have a clitoris, have your partner perform oral sex on you while either using a curved toy or finger(s) to gently penetrate you. For penis-owners, try inserting an anal plug, like Bootie, to stimulate your prostate simultaneously during solo or partnered sex. Some say that blended orgasms feel more intense than clitoral and penile stimulation on their own.
2. Multiple orgasms
This is a series of orgasms over a short period of time rather than a single one that you build up to. While all anatomies can have multiple orgasms, people with clitorises are more likely to experience them due to shorter refractory periods between orgasms. Start with positive thinking. We limit ourselves and our ability to experience pleasure when we’ve internalized the fact that we don’t deserve it. Remember, our brains are so powerful that they can impact our genitals. So, the next time you think, “I’m taking too long” or “I’m not gonna come,” try replacing those negative thoughts with, “I am capable of experiencing as much pleasure as I want” or “I can have as many orgasms as I want.”
3. Tension orgasms
Tension orgasms are the most common form of pleasure that people experience. These types of orgasms occur from direct stimulation often when the body and muscles are tense. Edging is a great method to practice that will enhance orgasm and the overall experience getting there. The goal is to stretch out the time it usually takes to orgasm. Essentially, once you feel your body about to reach orgasm, stop all sexual stimulation, allow your body to take a break and then start again. You can do this as many times as you’d like. Not only will it be fun to tease your body, but you’ll find that the end results are so rewarding.
All bodies experience orgasms differently.
Remember, an orgasm is an individual experience that doesn’t have one singular definition. Our advice? Stop comparing yourself to other people’s sexual experiences or existing concepts of what orgasms should look and feel like. Your pleasure is yours, and only you get to define it.