Scientists have long been investigating this puzzling question about sex: why does the female orgasm exist?
Unlike the male orgasm, traditionally it is believed that the female orgasm does nothing for our reproductive fitness. There are multiple theories floating around about the purpose of the women's orgasms: that it encourages women to have sex in the future, that it strengthens the bonds between the two partners, or that it increases the likelihood of sperm making it into the woman's cervix.
As far as what we actually know, while the male orgasm is a crucial component of impregnating a woman, the female orgasm plays little to no role in conception. However, scientists have recently proposed a new theory that may, in fact, demonstrate the evolutionary purpose of the female orgasm.
In a paper published in the Journal of Experimental Zoology, Mihaela Pavlicev of the University of Cincinnati and Gunter Wagner of Yale University describe how evolutionary history suggests that over millions of years reproduction could help explain the female orgasm after all.
If you break an orgasm down into three parts - a wave of hormones, intense pleasure and muscle contractions - you can see many similarities between a human orgasm and orgasms in other mammals. There are mammals out there who ovulate as a direct response of copulation. For these animals, like rabbits and cats, the release of an egg occurs via stimulation to the clitoris and the resulting wave of hormones released from the pituitary gland
Although women have evolved to release an egg on a monthly basis, whether there is a male around or not, this study suggests that our ancestors may not have had the same egg release methods as we do today. It also implies that this may have led to a changing female anatomy - wherein the clitoris slowly moved further and further from the vagina.
Overall, this study is proposing that the female orgasm used to be a critical component of impregnation, but over the centuries has transformed into a secondary byproduct of sexual relations.
So, what does this mean for us? If you have more orgasms are you more likely to get pregnant? It doesn't appear that way. However, research is continuing to be done on the role of the female orgasm in reproduction. Regardless of its biological purpose, we can probably all agree there are some "in the moment" purposes that we're pretty pleased with.
So you just keep on doing you!
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