Orgasm Statistics 2023

Orgasm: the peak of sexual arousal that remains a mystery for scientists, especially when it comes to female orgasm. Quite often, it is also misunderstood.

This blog covers some of the top scientific research and orgasm statistics that will help you understand the concept in one spot – and break your inhibitions too.

Top Orgasm Statistics You Should Know in 2023

Here are some exciting statistics about climaxing that will blow your minds – 

  • 81.6% of women report that they do not orgasm solely from sexual intercourse – they would need additional clitoris stimulation to get ultimate pleasure. Only a handful of women (18.4%) report that they achieve orgasm only through intercourse.  [Source]
  • Around 50% of women have reported experiencing their first orgasm after the age of 20. [Source
  • 34% of women say exclusive clitoral stimulation is the most vital factor making them orgasm. [Source]
  • 5-10% of women have reported that they never orgasmed [Source]
  • 59% of women have faked an orgasm. [Source]

Sexual Orientation Orgasm Statistics

The rate of orgasm in men and women is affected by their sexual orientations. Here are some of the key orgasm statistics for different genders: 

  • 95% of heterosexual men mostly orgasm during sexual intercourse as compared to only 65% of heterosexual women. [Source]
  • Sexual orientation is less likely to affect orgasm rates in men than in women. 95% of heterosexual men, 88% of bisexual men, and 89% of gay men mostly orgasm during partnered intercourse. On the other hand, 86% of homosexual women mostly orgasm during intercourse as compared to only 65% of heterosexual women and 66% of bisexual women. [Source]
  • Over 10-40% of women state they have difficulties reaching orgasm or they are unable to reach orgasm [Source]. Hence, if you are unable to hit your climax, then the problem is more common than you think. Difficulty in arousal, age, and use of lubricants are some of the common reasons why women cannot orgasm in many cases. 

Does Relationship Status Affect Orgasm Rates?

It isn’t surprising that orgasm rates are higher when you are familiar with the person you are having sex with. Here are some key facts to know: 

  • Women who are in a relationship for more than 6 months are 6x more likely to hit the climax as compared to a woman who is having a sexual encounter for the first time. [Source]

Additionally, having a sexual encounter with a partner for the third or fifth time is more likely to lead to orgasm than their first hookup. The orgasm rate doubles when hooking up more than six times. 

Orgasm Gap: Does it Still Exist?

The orgasm gap describes the disparity that exists between a man and a woman when they indulge in a sexual relationship. Unsurprisingly, the orgasm gap exists because scientific research has found a significant difference between the orgasm rate of men and women in heterosexual relationships. 

Here are some striking orgasm statistics that highlight these gaps: 

  • 3 out of 4 heterosexual women acknowledge that they cannot hit the climax during a sexual encounter with their partners. In fact, 20% of women report that they do not orgasm. On the other hand, this percentage is as low as 2% for men. [Source
  • 30% of men think that penetration is the best way to make a woman orgasm; however, over 50% of women stated that clitoral stimulation offers them ultimate pleasure. 
  • 30% of women and 25% of men are unable to find the clitoris – one of the primary causes of reaching orgasm in women. 
  • On average, men take approximately 5.4 minutes to reach the point of orgasm [Source] while it may last from 10-30 seconds. [Source]
  • 25.2% of women take approximately 2-3 minutes to hit the climax when they orgasm alone or with sex toys. [Source]
  • On average, 33.4% of women orgasm 3 times during partnered sex or when playing solo. [Source
  • In most cases, female orgasms last longer than men, averaging 13-50 seconds or even more. [Source]

Who Never Had an Orgasm

When it comes to having fun while orgasming and faking it, the differences between men and women are quite evident. 

  • 12% of women report achieving orgasm 10 times during a single encounter of partnered intercourse or solo play. [Source
  • Less than 10% of men in the age group of 20’s orgasm multiple times, while the percentage is less than 7% for men over their 30’s 

5-10% of women report that they have never achieved orgasm [Source]. However, this number includes pre-orgasmic women (who may not have an orgasm yet but will later) and anorgasmic women (those who cannot orgasm).

Faking an Orgasm Statistics

  • 25% of men fake an orgasm [Source]
  • 59% of women report faking an orgasm. [Source]


Knowing these orgasm statistics can help you better understand your pleasures and boost your sex life.

Vivian Green

Vivian Green

Vivian Green (She / Her) Vivian is a sexologist, sex educator and advocate for self-care. Her career has involved being a marriage counselor, couples therapist and intimacy specialist.

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