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Study: Why Some Women Fake Their Orgasms

Jul 11, 2016 05:45 AM EDT

A new qualitative study revealed that some women fake their sexual pleasure to speed up the orgasm of their male partners to finish sex quickly.

The study, presented at the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women annual conference in Windsor, showed that some women tends to fake their own orgasms to quickly end an unwanted and not pleasurable sexual experience.

"While some women spoke about faking orgasm in positive ways, for instance, as a pleasurable experience that heightened their own arousal, many talked about feigning pleasure in the context of unwanted and unpleasurable sexual experiences. Within these accounts, we were struck by the degree to which women were connecting the practice of faking orgasm to accounts of unwanted sex," explained Emily Thomas, from Ryerson University, Canada and one of the authors of the study, in a press release.

For the study, the researchers recruited 15 sexually active women aging from 19 to 28 to talk about consensual sex and their experiences sexual pleasure. The researchers analyzed their interviews with the participants to understand how each participant negotiate and account for experiences of problem sex in the context of exaggerating sexual pleasure and faking orgasm.

The analysis revealed that the participants described their unwanted sexual experience in indirect ways, without using the words rape and coercion despite their description of their experience could be categorized as such. Instead, these women described unwanted and non-pleasurable sex as "bad."

The researchers discovered that the participants recognize fake orgasms as a way to end troublesome sexual encounters, making fake orgasms as a viable solution to quickly end unwanted sex, especially when there are no other viable options.

"It appears that faking orgasm is both problematic and helpful at the same time. On one level faking an orgasm may be a useful strategy as it affords some control over ending a sexual encounter," researchers said in a statement.

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