A lot of women are unable to orgasm without clitoral stimulation. At least according to a recent study led by Debby Herbenick, director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, research fellow and sexual health educator at the Kinsey Institute. The purpose of the study was “to understand more about women’s experiences with the kinds of touch they find pleasurable and how clitoral and vaginal stimulation contribute to their orgasms,” she explained. The study found that only about 18% of women reported being able to climax during intercourse from vaginal penetration alone. While about 36% said they needed clitoral stimulation in order to orgasm during intercourse! The study also suggests the quickest way to climax can actually involve taking a little more time… Build arousal. Of course this can be accomplished by adding more sensual touching before intercourse but, warming up with some sexting throughout the day also does wonders! A partner who knows what you like, is also important. Men are very eager to please. We cannot stress this enough ladies: Tell him what you like! Not only will he happily oblige but, it will turn him on as well! Men: Encourage your partner to guide you during lovemaking. A lot of women aren’t comfortable saying what they like in the bedroom. You may need to coax her a little. How about some Outercourse? Sex is typically an emotional experience for women. Introducing a new kind of lovemaking using kissing, erotic touching, massage and even sex toys without penetration will definitely strengthen your bond, and therefore be enough for a woman to climax in most cases, especially if clitoral stimulation is used, as stated earlier! There are many stimulating products that can be used to increase sensitivity of the clitoris as well. Experiment. Another interesting fact from the study is that 41% of women prefer just one style of touch. Now, this makes us wonder if that is just because they know what worked in the past? There is always a place for “tried and true” but, we believe in the ongoing effort to “expand your horizons“! Not only will trying new things lead to new ways of pleasing each other it will also bring you closer emotionally and make it easier to communicate… In and out of the bedroom! And, what couple couldn’t use some help in that area?!