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Patterns in Orgasm Consistency, Relationship Satisfaction, and Sexual Satisfaction

Reviewed by the medical professionals of the ISSM’s Communication Committee

International Society for Sexual Medicine – An estimated 40% of women do not consistently reach orgasm. For some women, this is bothersome, but for others it is not.

With information like this in mind, experts hypothesize that orgasm consistency may play a role in a person’s sexual and relational satisfaction.

Therefore, investigators from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah designed a study to examine the relationship among orgasm consistency, relationship satisfaction, and sexual satisfaction.

They did so within the context of the sexual wholeness model which includes the physical, emotional, and meaning elements of sexuality.

A total of 1,645 sexually active individuals (1,032 women) who had been in a relationship for at least two years participated in this study.

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Upon analyzing the collected data, the authors of this study found five distinct groups of women and three groups of men with regard to their orgasm consistency, relational satisfaction, and sexual satisfaction.

Whenever all three of these elements were high or low, the authors referred to it as the “trifecta.”

For women, the five groups included:

  • high orgasm/low satisfaction (6%),
  • low trifecta (8%),
  • low orgasm/high satisfaction (16%),
  • moderate orgasm/high satisfaction (15%),
  • and high trifecta (55%).

Men, on the other hand, were grouped as follows:

  • lower orgasm/high satisfaction (12%),
  • moderate trifecta (14%),
  • and high trifecta (74%).

Interestingly, the authors found that high orgasm consistency for women did not always guarantee high relational and sexual satisfaction.

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Additionally, lower orgasm consistency for men or women did not mean that they always experienced low relational and sexual satisfaction …

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