Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax chart, a new report says.
Researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University in Bloomington analyzed responses from 2,850 single Americans to online questionnaires. The survey was sponsored by the online dating company Match.com, although participants were not drawn from users of the site.
The men and women in the study ranged in age from 21 to more than 80 years old.
Men reported having an orgasm during sex with a familiar partner 22.2 percent more often than women, the study found.
But lesbian women said they reached climax during sex 13.1 percent more often than heterosexual women, according to the findings published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
“Women’s orgasms are less predictable than men’s and they vary with sexual orientation and men’s don’t,” lead researcher Justin Garcia told Reuters Health.
The data showed hardly any difference between the frequency of orgasm reported by heterosexual and gay men. Heterosexual men said they had an orgasm 85.5 percent of the time, and gay men reported orgasms 84.7 percent of the time.
Heterosexual women reported orgasm during sex with a familiar partner 61.6 percent of the time, while homosexual women reported orgasm significantly more often – 74.7 percent of the time, the study found.
The surprising finding for Garcia, he said, was among bisexual men and women. Compared to other men, bisexual men reported a lower, though not significantly, orgasm rate of 77.6 percent, the study found.Bisexual women also reported a lower rate – 58 percent – than other women.
The reason for bisexuals’ lower orgasm rates remains unclear, Garcia said. He said the data underscore the need for more information about the health of sexual minorities.