Orgasm Range and Variability in Humans: A Content Analysis

Debby Herbenick, Katie Barnhart, Karly Beavers, Dennis Fortenberry

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Orgasm frequently occurs from sexual and/or genital stimulation but has been documented outside these contexts and may be better conceptualized as a set of neuropsychological processes. Objective: To document a range of orgasm experiences. Methods: A content analysis of 687 anonymously posted online comments related to nonsexual orgasms. Results: Orgasm types include those related to exercise, sleep, drug use, riding in vehicles, breastfeeding, eating, auditory stimulation, and childbirth, among others. Conclusions: Orgasm is experienced in association with varied forms of sensory stimulation. This study provides information about the diversity of human orgasm, informing sex education, therapy, and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • exercise-induced orgasm
  • Non-genital orgasm
  • orgasm
  • spontaneous orgasm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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