More women ‘have best orgasms’ from masturbation than sex, study claims


A new study has found that most women achieve better orgasms from masturbation rather than penetrative sex.

Research found that for women 36% had their best climax from solo pleasure compared to just 24% from sex.

In contrast, 51% of men asked – in a survey of 2,000 people – claimed intercourse caused them to have their most intense orgasms versus 21% who chose masturbation.

And, foreplay is also considered more important to women as 25% say they have their best orgasms in the lead up to sex compared to 11% of men.

Despite the data, men self-pleasure themselves more than women do.

The research found that 67% of men masturbate regularly versus 39% of women.

This could be due to a number of factors including historical stigmas around female self-pleasure.



More women achieve better orgasms through foreplay than sex

The survey, conducted by sexual wellness brand Lovehoney, found that both sexes take around the same amount of time during masturbation with 46% of men and 48% of women saying five to 10 minutes was the sweet spot.

And, the main reason both men and women masturbated was to relieve sexual tension and relax.

Meanwhile, men are more likely to relieve boredom with masturbation as 23% selected this reason compared to 16% of women.

Whereas 52% of women said that they self pleasured themselves because “it feels good” compared to 48% of men and 34% of women used masturbation to boost their mood versus 27% of men.

Three quarters of women, 75%, used sex toys during their self love practice compared to 35% of men.



Women and men both prefer porn to get turned on
Women and men both prefer porn to get turned on

And, porn was rated as the biggest turn on for both sexes – it was chosen by 68% of men and 45% of women.

But, women are more likely to think about their lover while masturbating (37%) versus men (27%).

Whereas men are more turned on by fantasies of sex with a stranger (26%) compared to women (19%).

Just 18% of blokes thought about sex with an ex while self-pleasuring themselves versus 11% of women while imagining celebs was common with both – 15% of men and 11% of women.

A Lovehoney spokesperson says: “This new research shows a clear masturbation gap between the sexes in how often they masturbate and how masturbation impacts on their sexual happiness.”

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