Research consistently finds that men are having far more orgasms than women when it comes to heterosexual sexual encounters.

This is called the gender gap in orgasms, or the orgasm gap and there are many myths and assumptions about why women orgasm less — like women take too long or they’re too hard to please.

Today in The Conversation Canada, researcher Nicole Andrejek, from McMaster University’s Sex in Canada Project, talks new research that questions stereotypical assumptions about women’s ability and desire to orgasm.

Their research addresses that while it’s widely known that women generally require some form of clitoral stimulation in order to reach orgasm, what’s unclear is why the gap persists despite knowing the importance of clitoral stimulation for women.

She says there are a lot of underlying beliefs and feelings that deter couples from engaging in the types of sexual activities that would make it more likely for women to reach orgasm and that there are bad feelings about potentially great sex.

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Haley Lewis

Culture + Society Editor

One of the reigning myths that helps maintain the orgasm gap is that there are inherent gender differences for why men and women have sex. (Shutterstock)

Why are men are having more orgasms than women in heterosexual relationships?

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Like other gender gaps, it is important to continue pushing past individual explanations and understand the gender gap in orgasms as a form of gender inequality.

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