Everything You Need to Know About the Female Orgasm

Part of living a full life is having a healthy sex life -- which includes having orgasms. There are many health benefits associated with experiencing orgasm, and though the female orgasm is sometimes treated like a mystery, it’s really not much different from the male orgasm. 

There are methods of restoring your ability to easily reach climax, as well as procedures that enhance your arousal and orgasmic experience. At Dr. Jovanovic OBGYN & Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Kevin Jovanovic and Dr. Radoslav Jovanovic specialize in women’s health, and that includes sexual health. 

Women have more than one kind of orgasm

The fact that women can experience orgasm in different ways may be part of the reason the female orgasm seems mysterious to some people. Women may reach orgasm through clitoral stimulation, vaginal stimulation -- including the G-spot -- or through various other sensory pathways, such as stimulation of your breasts or other erogenous zones. 

Clitoral orgasm is the closest to male orgasm. It involves the clitoris becoming engorged, or erect, and the orgasm itself provides release. After a clitoral orgasm, continuing can be uncomfortable. 

An orgasm achieved through stimulation of your vagina is often described as “deeper” and more intense. The G-shot can help you explore this type of orgasm. 

You may also reach orgasm through means other than stimulating your genitalia. You may be able to have an orgasm when your breasts are stimulated, or with the use of sexual imagery. 

You may consistently have one type of orgasm, or you may have different types depending on what you’re doing, or you may have some blend. You’re a unique individual, and your orgasms are certainly one of the most personalized experiences you can have. 

What all orgasms have in common

There are some things that happen in the human body, male or female, during orgasm. For example, your heart rate increases, you breathe faster, and your metabolism speeds up leading to and during an orgasm. 

Researchers have identified four phases in the female orgasm, regardless of type. 

1. Excitement

Described as a state of arousal or desire, this phase involves your body beginning to get ready for sex. There’s an increase of certain hormones, blood begins to engorge your sexual organs, and you may feel as if your whole body is blushing. 

2. Plateau

During this phase, sexual tension builds even more. You may not be able to think of anything other than sexual stimulation. Your heart rate and blood pressure continue to increase. 

3. Orgasm

When you reach orgasm, your vagina, uterus, pelvic floor muscles, and sometimes muscles all over your body contract rhythmically. 

4. Resolution

Follow your orgasm, your body relaxes, and your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing slow down to a more normal rate. 


Experts suggest that as many as 25% of women struggle to have orgasms. The issue may be psychological or physical, or both. There are treatments, therapies, and interventions that may help. 

Postmenopausal women may find they have a diminished desire for sex. There are treatments for that as well. 

If you have questions about the female orgasm, or you’d like to learn about our services that can help you enjoy enhanced sexual gratification, book an appointment with Dr. Jovanovic today. You can book online, or call our office in the Upper East Side in New York City at 347-589-8018, and we will get you scheduled. 

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