Do you fake orgasms? Well, the nation’s largest nationally representative study on sexual health says, chances are, most of us do, and on the regular.
According to an Indiana University survey, 85 percent of men report their partners climaxed during their latest run in between the sheets. But the study says only 64 percent of women reported they came. Now, who’s fooling who?
Debby Herbenick, co-author of the study, and associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the university says, “There’s this massive gap between men’s perception and women’s reality.” Herbenick states that the study shows lack of communication between partners, either by women faking it, or by men not asking or noticing if their partner climaxed.
The study tested nearly 6,000 women and men ages 14 to 94. Herbenick’s study covered a range of sexual acts, sexual health practices, and perceptions.
So why are women really faking it for men during sex? Sex expert Pepper Schwartz says that, in the beginning, faking it could be about encouragement.
Research from the university also examined the role the internet plays in sexual behavior. The study shows that easier access to pornography and the sometimes inaccurate information found online regarding sexual practices has blown open the discussion on sex. This has allowed women and men, both young and old, to explore different sexual practices and techniques.
For example, the study shows a rise in anal sex. “In the early 1990s, about 20 to 25 percent of people reported ever having anal sex,” according to Herbenick. “But now we find as much as much as 40 percent and more than that for men and women in their 20s and 30s.”
But while the study finds Americans are becoming more experimental with sex, women are still getting the short end of the stick (no pun intended).
The study also found that loads of American women have never had an orgasm.
Have you ever faked an orgasm? Did you fake it to encourage your partner, or to get it over with?
Have you ever experienced a sexual climax at all? Share your thoughts with us.