The timing of orgasm and sexual satisfaction

Jacqueline Lee Newman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Although sexual satisfaction is often defined subjectively, researchers have attempted to discover predictor variables that may be common to most individual's conceptions of sexual satisfaction. The discovery of such predictor variables would help create a unifying definition that could be consistently applied across the population of sexually-active individuals. The existence of such a unified definition would be functionally important for those individuals seeking sex therapy. The goal of the present study was to partially replicate and extend past research. It was hypothesized that for both women and men a relationship exists between the timing of orgasm and sexual satisfaction. Specifically for women, it was hypothesized that women who orgasm before or at the same time as their partners would report to be more sexually satisfied than women who orgasm after their partners. A one-way between subjects analysis of variance for both men and women revealed no significant differences for either gender. It is recommended that a more precise method of determining orgasm timing be employed to replicate the study.