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Researchers have finally understood how the female orgasm works and concluded that ‘moaning’ isn’t a part of it.
Scientists from the University of Ottawa observed the physiological responses of the female orgasm, leading them to leave 'moaning' off the list of bodily sensations, according to a new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
So even if you moan and groan just like Meg Ryan did in When Harry Met Sally, it's not an accurate indication of pleasure; it just means you’re a great pretender.
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The Daily Mail reports that researchers asked 637 women of various ages to complete a questionnaire about their orgasm experiences.
The questionnaire included the ‘Orgasm Rating Scale’, a list of different responses such as ‘trembling’, ‘quivering’, and ‘pulsating’. It also had a list of emotional responses, including ‘loving’, 'tender' and ‘passionate’.
The other portion of the questionnaire was the ‘Bodily Sensations of Orgasm Scale’, which had a list of adjectives like ‘faster breather’, ‘heart beating stronger’, ‘harder nipples’, ‘overall muscle tension’, and ‘lower limb spasms’.
Participants were also asked to name the top sensation they felt during climaxing.
Researchers found that ‘pleasurable satisfaction’ was the most common, whereas ‘emotional intimacy’ and ‘shooting sensations’ were the least common on the Orgasm Rating Scale.
Researchers concluded that ‘moaning’ be removed from the measure altogether, adding: “All other items appear to relate to involuntarily responses occurring throughout the orgasm experience.”
Data expert and lead researcher of the study, Amy Elizabeth Webb, said that the study's main aim was to better understand how female orgasms work as there is a lot of misinformation swirling around.
She said: “Orgasm, particularly in older women, remains a poorly understood aspect of female sexual response partly because of a lack of validated self-report measures.”
The study also hopes this data could help women who struggle to climax during sexual intercourse.
“With valid measurement options, it is anticipated that we will learn more about women's orgasm experiences and ultimately be able to provide more effective clinical services for women who experience difficulties with orgasm or find the experience lacking in satisfaction," researchers wrote.
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