The Female Orgasm IS Biologically Important

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It seems science is always trying to diss the female orgasm. Everywhere you look, there is another article saying that the orgasm isn't biologically necessary. Well, it may not be, but it's no "bonus," either. It's pretty crucial.

CNN recently had a piece discussing the female orgasm. They posed the questions: "
Does the female orgasm, like the male orgasm, have its own evolutionary raison d’etre and contribute directly to reproductive success? Or is it just an awesome bonus?"

Their conclusion is that the female orgasm -- while awesome -- serves no real function, but because the male orgasm is so vital to life, it (like nipples on men) is something that both males and females have evolved to have. They may be right. But I still call BS.

This kind of research -- even when it comes from a good place -- seems to let men off the hook. But here's a memo: Just because the male orgasm happens to make a baby (sometimes), it's no more important than the female. Put that in your pipe, dear researchers.

Here's the important point to always make: A female orgasm is actually evolutionarily important. Why? Because women want to have sex they enjoy. The more sex they have, the greater their chances of continuing to have it and falling pregnant.

Plus, as CNN writer Ian Kerner mentions, there are some theories that the female orgasm does increase fertility. Let's just say my own personal research indicates that the better the sex for the woman, the more likely she is to conceive. 'Nuff said.

If sex is like ice cream (and it really is so much better), then the orgasm is the hot fudge, whipped cream, and maraschino cherry on the top. They may not be necessary, but you can't have a sundae without them, and they make the whole thing that much more enjoyable.

Yes, the female orgasm can be elusive, but just because it's not messy and doesn't cause a baby doesn't make it merely a "bonus." Simply put: The species wouldn't be well propagated if we ladies stopped enjoying sex. And once a lady has had an orgasm or two, sex without them seems nice, but not mind-blowing.

Personally, I will take mind-blowing sex over "OK" any day.

Do you think the orgasm is necessary?


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ms_mo... ms_morgan

I have read multiple studies (and have seen the video...looks like an alien) that shows when a women orgasams, her cervix dips down to pick up the semen, making it easier for the semen to travel up to the eggs, and helps to speed up the fertilization process.

Rachel Schiller

It's nice but hardly necessary (for me).


And I had zero trouble getting pregnant.

Sarah Swanson

A lovely thought, but faulty hypothesis...I think that throughout most of history, a woman's pleasure had little bearing in how often she was having sex and subsequently conceiving babies.  Sad but true, and why I'm thankful to be living in the 21st century/developed world.


I can't provide any sort of citation, but I recall reading a theory that while the female orgasm isn't necessary, it can be beneficial because when a woman orgasms, her cervix thins and lengthens slightly down into the vagina and as it retracts back it acts like a straw and pulls sperm up into the uterus. Has anyone else ever read that?

LKRachel LKRachel

Echoing what ms Morgan and Sarah said- I've seen that weird video too! I have always heard that while not 'necessary' it definitely helps w conception.

ChicH... ChicHippie

I've read the orgasm cervix thing too. And males *can* ejaculate without orgasm..

nonmember avatar Liz

No I do not think it is necessary. Scientists have come out and said that a women putting her hips up after sex does not increase chances of conceiving, so I do not see how the cervix dipping down could increase the chances of fertility. Plus if any woman is with a man who feels he is "off the hook" because the female orgasm does not have an evolutionary importance, then she needs a new man.

nonmember avatar blh

Its rare for me to orgasm during sex but Ive gotten pregnant twice. So no its not biologically necessary. Its necessary to me however. Not that I have to have one every single time I have sex but id be pretty sad if I never had one again ha.

Marjc... Marjchaos

What Ms Morgan said.

nonmember avatar scott

If the female orgasm is not messy, then your doing it wrong. :)

Kaela Wheeler

@Sarah Swanson - Yes, I've heard the same thing. I believe it was on a show about the science of sex on Discovery.

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