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National Orgasm Day: Come celebrate the ‘Big O’

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When it comes to non-traditional holidays, July 31 just may hit the spot! It’s National Orgasm Day, an annual event that celebrates the magnificent, fabulous, wondrous, pleasurable and sometimes elusive, orgasm!

Orgasms

According to How Stuff Works, an orgasm is defined as the “sudden discharge of accumulated sexual tension resulting in rhythmic muscular contractions in the pelvic region that produce intensely pleasurable sensations followed by rapid relaxation. While orgasms are different for different people, they occur in several stages. And believe it or not, despite the anatomical differences, orgasms in men and women are quite physiologically and psychologically similar.

Faking It

Let’s get personal. How’s your sex life? Have you ever faked it? Has your partner? For those of you who swear up and down your partner has never ever faked it – don’t be so sure! According to the Journal of Sex Research, 67 percent of heterosexual women and 28 percent of men have occasionally faked the “Big O.” Another study found that 80 percent of women have faked it. Whether you believe it or not, your partner may have faked it a time or two, which may not necessarily be a bad thing. A few reasons people fake it is to make the partner feel better, to end the encounter or because they are just not in the mood, while others fake it out of fear or insecurity.

While faking it from time-to-time is one thing, did you know it is estimated that between 10 - 15 percent of women have never had a vaginal orgasm, a condition known as Primary Orgasmic Dysfunction. Certain medical conditions, prescription drugs, alcohol, stress and fatigue can contribute. Sexual abuse, boredom, lack of closeness with one's partner or a negative attitude toward sex can also contribute.

Whether you plan on celebrating the occasion alone, with that friend with benefits or special significant other, enjoy! And just in case you missed National Orgasm Day, no worries. International Orgasm Day is “coming” up! And by the way, "I'll have what she's having!"

Sources:

American Psychological Association: Orgasm

The International Orgasm Survey 2013

How Stuff Works: Orgasm

Medline Plus: Orgasmic Dysfunction

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