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Oh My Gosh, an Orgasm Quiz!
by Staff
Oh, oh, it's magic. Yes, we're talking about orgasms, those physiological fireworks that erupt at the heights of sexual ectasy. But orgasms are also like snowflakes -- each one is a little bit different for different people. Test your knowhow of the Big O with this blizzard of facts about how the ultimate pleasurable sensation works in the human body.

What famous research team mapped out the physiology of orgasms?

  • Watson and Crick
  • Kinsey and Gebhard
  • Masters and Johnson

Masters and Johnson divided sex and orgasm into how many phases?

  • two
  • four
  • six

In female brains, the lateral orbitofrontal cortex shuts down during sex. What behavior does that inhibit?

  • fight-or-flight
  • self-evaluation
  • mate fitness assessment

Which of the following brain regions de-engages when men have sex?

  • amygdala
  • nucleus accumbens
  • ventral tegmental area

Which of the following nerves isn't involved in orgasmic response?

  • pudental nerve
  • hypogastric nerve
  • medial nerve

The term "refractory period" refers to what aspect of male sexual response?

  • inability to have successive orgasms
  • post-coital sleepiness
  • premature ejaculation

What percent of American women are "very satisfied" with how often they orgasm?

  • 16 percent
  • 32 percent
  • 64 percent

True or false: Lesbian couples report climaxing more often than heterosexual women.

  • true
  • false

According to a 2009 survey from Stanford University, 44 percent of men achieve orgasm during one-night stands, compared to what percentage of women?

  • 19 percent
  • 39 percent
  • 59 percent

In sex research, the "rule of thumb" refers to what?

  • distance between the clitoris and vaginal opening
  • penile tip length
  • penile-vaginal intercourse

The byproduct theory of female orgasms likens the clitoris to what part of the male anatomy?

  • male nipples
  • penis
  • prostate gland

True or false: Female orgasms last longer.

  • true
  • false

The "Sperm Wars" theory claims that oxytocin released during female orgasm does what?

  • kills unfit sperm
  • up-sucks semen into the vaginal canal
  • primes the pelvic muscles for multiple orgasms

Sex researcher Alfred Kinsey estimated that multiple orgasms were possible for what percentage of the female population?

  • 0 percent
  • 14 percent
  • 54 percent

True or false: Women are far more likely to achieve orgasm through vaginal, rather than clitoral, stimulation.

  • true
  • false

When Alfred Kinsey tested how far ejaculate travels during orgasm, what was the winning length?

  • 2 feet (0.6 meters)
  • 4 feet (1.2 meters)
  • 8 feet (2.4 meters)

Globally, what percentage of men struggle with premature ejaculation?

  • 5 percent
  • 30 percent
  • 55 percent

How quickly does ejaculate move through the urethra on its way out of the penis?

  • 13 miles per hour (20.9 kilometers per hour)
  • 28 miles per hour (45 kilometers per hour)
  • 42 miles per hour (67.5 kilometers per hour)

The Skene's glands are another name for what?

  • female prostate
  • G spot
  • fallopian tubes

Roughly what percentage of men fake orgasms?

  • 5 percent
  • 20 percent
  • 50 percent