Types of Orgasms: Clit Orgasm vs G-Spot Orgasm

What are the types of Orgasms? Are clit orgasms and G-Spot orgasms different? Stimulating different body parts can produce different sensations and different kinds of orgasms.

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Is there a difference between a clitoral orgasm and a g-spot orgasm? The answer is “yes” and “no”. All orgasms are similar: They happen when there is a build up of tension that is released in a burst of delicious sensation. During orgasm, heart rate increases, breath quickens, and muscles contract rhythmically. But orgasms can feel different depending upon which areas you stimulate, how you stimulate, or a variety of variables.

Clit Orgasm

Let’s start with the clitoris. First of all, remember that 70-80% of people prefer or require their clitoris to be stimulated to have an orgasm. This means that the clit is the most important area to focus on for a person with a vulva. Yes, it’s possible to elicit orgasm from other parts of the body (g-spot orgasms, cervix orgasms, even nipple orgasms!), but the most reliable erogenous zone is definitely the clit.

It’s possible to elicit orgasm from other parts of the body (g-spot orgasms, cervix orgasms, even nipple orgasms!), but the most reliable erogenous zone is definitely the clit.

G-Spot Orgasm

The g-spot is the sensitive area inside the front wall of the vagina which tends to respond best to massage with fingers or a toy (the penis can hit this sweet spot, but you might need to get creative with sex positions!). For a minority of people, g-spot stimulation alone can lead to orgasm, but for the majority it’s more likely that combining g-spot with the head of the clit will lead to orgasm. This is sometimes called a blended orgasm.

Clit Orgasm vs G-Spot Orgasm

Two “types” of orgasmic experience are sometimes called “peak” and “wave” orgasms, and often, these are associated with the clitoris and the g-spot, respectively. A “peak” orgasm feels like a focused, intense ‘peak’, like the top of a mountain, and then afterwards the clitoris can feel too sensitive to touch again straight away. Meanwhile, g-spot orgasms tend to feel deep, slow, full bodied and more like a wave than a peak. Unlike during a peak orgasm, the body is often ready to be touched again straight away after a wave orgasm, so you can just keep going and possibly have multiple orgasms. That’s pretty cool!

A “peak” orgasm feels like a focused, intense ‘peak’, like the top of a mountain . . . Meanwhile, g-spot orgasms tend to feel deep, slow, full bodied and more like a wave than a peak.

Importantly, even though peak and wave orgasms are often categorized as g-spot versus clitoris, this isn’t true for every body. Different bodies respond to stimulation differently! Plus, research and data regarding orgasm is severely lacking; this is true for clitoral orgasm, and even more so for g-spot orgasm. Some educators say that the sensation felt by the g-spot actually comes from indirect stimulation of the internal clitoris (1). Although this hasn’t been definitively proven, if it is true, it would mean that a g-spot orgasm is a clitoral orgasm!

When you’re learning about different types of orgasms, remember that this is not a “to do list”. You don’t have to become a master of the different types of orgasms. Heck, you don’t have to have orgasms at all! There are lots of ways to enjoy sex, and orgasm is just one of them. Whatever your sex life looks like, take as long as you want, let your partner know they can take as long as they want, and focus on enjoying the pleasurable sensations however they happen for you.

More on Clitoral and G-Spot Orgasms

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References

“G-spot Orgasms” from YourSexual PSA, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGOYB3sN3-A&t=4s

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With clitoral stimulation, some people can also, after they've had an orgasm from focusing on clitoral stimulation, some people can then, sort of, maintain the stimulation or quickly you know, come back to being stimulated, and have a second orgasm, or subsequent orgasm. So, that is true for many people, but for a lot of people, the clitoris feels too sensitive after an orgasm, to kind of want to continue, and so the clitoris tends to be more associated with just one, having just one orgasm, still a pretty good deal. But, they call the peak orgasm from clitoral stimulation, so it's kinda like, zheew, built up, yeah peak, and then kind of comes down and people go, "Okay, you know, now I'm feeling pretty good, and I can go to bed or have a bit of a rest." Whereas, with G spot stimulation, it's associated with a different kind of, what's the word? The graph looks different, shall we say? So, the G spot tends to be kind of be slower to awaken, and requires that kind of deeper stimulation. Then, it has this kind of like, more generalized warm sensation, and it's less kind of focus, and it doesn't so much have that kind of peak orgasm. It's almost kind of more like a wave for many people. So it's like, people report having an orgasm from G spot stimulation, and then kind of having another wave. So it's less sharp peak, shall we say, then clitoral stimulation, but it's a more kind of rich waved orgasm sensation. So what I can really say is just experiment, you know try what works for you.