The Big O, coming, le petit mort, climaxing, however you want to call it, orgasms. Not only do they come in many different names, there are also different types of orgasms.
So what exactly is an orgasm? Orgasms are sometimes defined as the fourth stage of a sexual encounter (anticipation, excitement, plateau, orgasm, resolution). One definition is that an orgasm is a pleasurable release of sexual tension.
Orgasming is often marked by a series of physical sensations, including:
- involuntary release of muscle tension
- series of muscular contractions
- verbal and auditory emissions of pleasure
- increased heart and breathing rate
However, there is not a singular and widely agreed-upon definition of orgasm, namely because this experience differents from person to person and depends on how the climax is reached.
These orgasms are experienced on the surface of the body, like an intense tingly feeling that reaches out from your clitoris, all over the body.
This is where it gets interesting. Vaginal orgasms are also caused clitorally; the clitoris is way bigger than what you see on the surface, the majority of this organ is located inside your body and can also be stimulated from the inside. These orgasms are deeper and result in pulsations of the vaginal canal walls. When the G-spot is stimulated, female ejaculation can be caused.
An anal orgasm is achieved by stimulation of high-density nerve spots in the anus. However, in this case also, the clitoris is partially responsible for this sensation; the legs of the clitoris extend all the way back into the the anus. Furthermore, there are shared nerves from the anterior wall of the rectum to the vagina so sexual arousal can also occur from anal stimulation.
This type of orgasm is reached when the vagina and the clitoris are stimulated simultaneously. It tends to result in a more explosive orgasm; experienced inside and on the surface of the body, also described as full body trembles and tremors.
When stimulating other, highly sensitive parts of the body, this can result in a pleasurable release when touched, kissed or played with. These areas differ from person to person, it can be the nipples or ears, the neck or lower back or something totally different depending on whatever feels extra good for you.
A twitching or fluttering sensation of the pelvic floor occurs when having a convulsing orgasm and is caused by the pelvic floor muscles convulsing over and over again really quickly. This type of orgasm is reached after a long buildup, for example by edging; postponing the orgasm a few times so that when you finally give into the orgasm it is much more intense.
In the end, the principle of reaching an orgasm is more or less the same despite what kind of orgasm you are going for: directed, continuous stimulation in one area. You might not have experienced all of these orgasms yet or even any at all. Most important in your sexual exploration is that you take the time to get to know your body and what it does and doesn't like before even being able to reach any kind of orgasm.