– Faking Orgasms & Talking About Sex

An Archives of Sexual Behavior September 2019 study on responses from 1,008 U.S. adult women ages 18–94

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Statistics from the Abstract of “Women’s Sexual Satisfaction, Communication, and Reasons for (No Longer) Faking Orgasm: Findings from a U.S. Probability Sample,” springer.com, 9/9/2019. Authors Debby Herbenick, Heather Eastman-Mueller, Tsung-chieh Fu, Brian Dodge, Kia Ponander & Stephanie A. Sanders. Publication: Archives of Sexual Behavior volume 48, pages 2461–2472 (2019).

“We aimed to assess, among a U.S. probability sample of adult women: (1) the prevalence of, and reasons given for, faking and no longer faking orgasm, (2) women’s histories of sexual non-communication and reasons for non-communication, (3) associations between sexual non-communication and sexual satisfaction and faking orgasm, (4) associations between specific sexual communication and recent sexual satisfaction, and (5) associations between specific sexual communication and faking orgasm.

Respondents were 1008 adult women ages 18–94 from the GfK KnowledgePanel (a nationally representative probability sample of non-institutionalized and English-speaking adults), who completed a confidential Internet-based survey. … Women who continued to fake orgasms were more likely to indicate embarrassment talking about sex with their partner in explicit ways and were less likely to agree that they and their partner are able to talk specifically about what makes sex more pleasurable for them.”

Chart created and posted by SexEd.net November 2020