Vaginal and clitoral orgasms: any difference?
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Vaginal and clitoral orgasms: any difference?

Women who orgasm through vaginal stimulation get a bigger rush of love for their partners, says a Venezuelan sexpert.

Most women need clitoral stimulation to climax, but for some just vaginal stimulation will do the trick. The orgasms feel different both physically and emotionally, says Venezuelan sexologist and psychiatrist Dr Rómulo Aponte. 

Vaginal orgasms are less intense, but unlike clitoral orgasms, women feel like they spread throughout the entire body. This is because the sensory routes activated in the body and brain are different for vaginal and clitoral orgasms, Dr Aponte told Love Matters.

When a woman comes through vaginal stimulation she also has a higher level of prolactin, the hormone involved in making you feel sexually satisfied.

Emotionally, women who have vaginal orgasms feel a stronger bond with their partner, the sexologist said, citing several studies.

Brain waves

The waves of pleasure felt during a vaginal orgasm are caused by a chemical response in the brain, which begins when a woman is stimulated. 

Three parts of the brain are crucial to the orgasm sensation, Dr Aponte explains.

  • The hypothalamus – the brain’s control centre, which regulates the chemical messages.
  • The somatosensory cortex of the temporal lobe – the part of the brain involved in physical sensations, including pleasure.
  • The prefrontal cortex – responsible for complex thought processes, like interpreting information.

During an orgasm, the somatosensory cortex picks up the pleasure. But it has to communicate with the prefrontal cortex, so you can actually consciously recognise the pleasure of a climax when you feel it.


Can you have both vaginal and clitoral orgasms? We’d love to know how they feel different to you! Leave a comment below or join the discussion on Facebook.

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Recent Comments (41)

  1. are all women responsiv to
    are all women responsiv to such stimulation?

    1. Hi Wycliffe,

      Hi Wycliffe,
      as the article states ‘Most girls need clitoral stimulation to climax, but for some just vaginal stimulation will do the trick’
      Most women will need clitoral stimulation to orgasm- which is why the in-and-out of intercourse often isn’t enough for women.

  2. How sure can u be that a
    How sure can u be that a woman has got organism

    1. Hi Edmunds,

      Hi Edmunds,
      Almost all women can have an orgasm. Only a very small fraction may not be able to.
      You can make sure she has an orgasm by asking her what she likes, asking for feedback, and watching her closely. And knowing some of the important body parts for the female orgasm, like the clitoris.

    2. Through vaginal orgasm you…
      Through vaginal orgasm you will feel the muscles of the vagina contracting and releasing almost choking you inside there

      1. Wow! What a vivid…

        Wow! What a vivid description Suerzzanne! Thank you for your contribution 🙂 Have a wonderful week and stay safe! 

    1. Hi there,

      Hi there,
      we are glad you agree!

  3. what about those who ar cut
    what about those who ar cut crito?

  4. i need more difination
    i need more difination between these two types

    1. Hi Jeff,
      what’s unclear?

      Hi Jeff,
      what’s unclear?

  5. hw du u achieve vaginal
    hw du u achieve vaginal stimuation?like clitorial u jst hv 2 rub it.wat abt the vagina?

  6. what area does the g-spot
    what area does the g-spot mostly allocated is it at the vaginal walls or at the clitories

  7. When making love to my wife
    When making love to my wife she always complains that it is painful,no matter how slow i go, why

    1. Hi Harmony,

      Hi Harmony,
      most likely she is not fully aroused when you try to penetrate her.
      Make sure you pay lots of attention to the clitoris, using your fingers and mouth, until she is very wet. Or use plenty of lubricant.
      Also, have a look at what our expert has to say about painful sex:
      http://lovematters.co.ke/news/sex-hurts-help

  8. Very useful information
    Very useful information thanks doc

    1. You are welcome, Rico!
      You are welcome, Rico!

  9. thanks for clarification
    thanks for clarification

  10. Thanks for information..but I
    Thanks for information..but I was wondering is it normal to be soo wet during sex??I feel shy sometime and I tell my partner I need to wash because am too wet

  11. Is there any way you can kn
    Is there any way you can kn without coming close to the lady.

  12. Hello? Am suffering from
    Hello? Am suffering from candidiasis, at times when I have sex with my Hus it feels so dry that I end up feeling a lot of pain. Please, what should I do to bring back my good sexlife??

  13. Hello? I feel a lot of pain
    Hello? I feel a lot of pain when having sex due to dryness, i suffer from cadidiasis which makes me so uncomfortable, might this be the problem?? Pliz help me

  14. My boyfriend has never made
    My boyfriend has never made me cum’ everytime we intimate he cum n he always leaves me unsatisfied…is
    There any problem with me? Please help

  15. k av never make lov before is
    k av never make lov before is it painfull ned to knw i fear sex

  16. This is incredible, Thx team
    This is incredible, Thx team #Love matters. My girl friend seem not to get satisfied (sexually) she always yearns for more even if you’ve had sex 5 Times! wht could be the problem?

  17. If a man stay for more then
    If a man stay for more then 3month without sex . Can its cause harm to a man.

  18. when i have swit romance
    when i have swit romance with my wife i cum before sex why do u think so

  19. i love sex so much but my
    i love sex so much but my girlfriend is always scared to have sex and when we fuck am usually not satisfied. should I leave her for another or what the best thing to do

  20. for vaginal orgasm is size
    for vaginal orgasm is size or length of the dick really a matter?

  21. hi doc,how long does orgasm
    hi doc,how long does orgasm take in ladies

  22. Its so educating,i have a
    Its so educating,i have a partner who loves having sex non stop,she cnt say enough tl i release she feels again to have it,n she keep on holdng colng plz kam am hawt,is a problem

  23. thanks 4 all yo advice doctor
    thanks 4 all yo advice doctor

  24. helo,

    helo,
    my frend has penis chrosis,what brings that?

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