A study in 2010 found that 80 percent of women fake an orgasm to quicken up the sexual experience and to urge on their partner. Now, it has been revealed in another study that women may also fake their arousal to get an actual orgasm themselves.
Researchers from Kenyon College in Ohio and Temple University in Philadelphia asked 481 sexually active, heterosexual females not in a committed relationship to indicate how much their fake orgasm was motivated by four individual factors.
The four motives on the faking orgasm scale for women was altruistic deceit – faking it to respond to the feelings of a partner, fear and insecurity – to avoid negative emotions that arises during sex, elevated arousal – increasing one’s arousal through faking their orgasm, and sexual adjournment – to fake an orgasm to end sex.
The most common answer was altruism, in that women faked an orgasm so as not to hurt the feelings of their sexual partner. This echoes many studies and findings, most recently a 2010 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, which showed that the urges and the “oh my god!” screamed out by women during sex was to get the man more involved and to manipulate them.
Scientists Colin Hendrie from the University of Leeds and Gayle Brewer from the University of Central Lancashire asked a number of questions to 71 women who were aged between 18 and 48. One of the main questions concerned their vocalization during sex broken down into four categories: the silent approach, moaning and groaning, screaming and shrieking, words and commands such as Yes! or More! The women were also asked the reason for why they vocalized and the point during sex they had their orgasm, if at all. Brewer told a reporter from NBC that the findings revealed that the women had an orgasm to influence their partner over sexual arousal.
Though those previous findings has proven to possibly remain true and with a larger group of women in this current study, it was also found that there was a high number of women who faked their orgasm to stimulate their own arousal. Co-author of the study Erin Cooper expressed surprise at the findings to The Huffington Post. Cooper said how this is the first time there is evidence that “women may also fake orgasms for far more selfish reasons.”
It must be noted, however, that elevated arousal only got third in the four motivation scale. On top of that the study also acknowledges that different acts in sex produce various anxieties and reactions. However, the study and the scope of it adds, what Cooper calls, ¸another “tool in the toolbox” women have to “enhance their own sexual desires.”
All this follows another study in 2013 that found women are less likely to orgasm during casual sex than a serious relationship, which makes sense since there is a comfortable factor. Nevertheless, according to the authors, studies on orgasms and the recent particular findings on why women get fake orgasms, is important as it helps understand sexual desire, dysfunction, and satisfaction. Most importantly, it could help in the future on how issues are approached in couples and sex therapy.
By Kollin Lore