NCBI ROFL: She might not be having what you think she's having…

By ncbi rofl | June 8, 2010 7:00 pm

100761143_226e540b49Evidence to Suggest that Copulatory Vocalizations in Women Are Not a Reflexive Consequence of Orgasm.

“The current studies were conducted in order to investigate the phenomenon of copulatory vocalizations and their relationship to orgasm in women. Data were collected from 71 sexually active heterosexual women (M age = 21.68 years +/- .52) recruited from the local community through opportunity sampling. The studies revealed that orgasm was most frequently reported by women following self-manipulation of the clitoris, manipulation by the partner, oral sex delivered to the woman by a man, and least frequently during vaginal penetration. More detailed examination of responses during intercourse revealed that, while female orgasms were most commonly experienced during foreplay, copulatory vocalizations were reported to be made most often before and simultaneously with male ejaculation. These data together clearly demonstrate a dissociation of the timing of women experiencing orgasm and making copulatory vocalizations and indicate that there is at least an element of these responses that are under conscious control, providing women with an opportunity to manipulate male behavior to their advantage.”

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  • Ben

    Duh

  • Amos Zeeberg (Discover Web Editor)

    What exactly does this mean: “More detailed examination of responses during intercourse”? How are the researchers recording the responses? If it’s just self-reported long after the fact, wouldn’t that be pretty unreliable? Is it self-reporting immediately after the fact? During the fact? Or an audio recording? One wonders.

    • ncbi rofl

      Amos: it was all done by questionnaire. Here’s the relevant (and hilarious) part of the materials & methods:

      “Frequency of Copulatory Vocalizations

      Questions to do with how often participants reported making a variety of noises (i.e., silence, moan/groan, scream/shriek/squeal, words [e.g., partner’s name, “yes”, etc.], instructional commands [e.g., “more”]) during sex, measured on 10 cm visual analogue scales (i.e., “never” on the left hand extreme, “always” at the other).

      Intensity of Copulatory Vocalizations

      Questions to do with intensity of vocalizations (silence, moan/groan, scream/shriek/squeal, words [e.g., partner’s name, “yes”, etc.] and instructional commands [e.g., “more”]) during various stages of a copulatory bout, answered using a 10-point scale.

      Use of Copulatory Vocalizations

      Questions to do with how often noises were made during sex even when they knew they were not going to orgasm were recorded (percentage frequency), whether copulatory vocalizations were deliberately used to “speed things up” (i.e., encourage their partner’s climax and thus terminate intercourse), answered as a “yes” or “no”.”

  • Amos Zeeberg (Discover Web Editor)

    I wonder if consciously performed vocalizations will be overrepresented in subjects’ conscious recollections (and reporting) of the copulatory bout.

    But that’s a pretty awesome methods section.

  • ann aunamis

    I will admit to increasing vocalization “before and simultaneously with male ejaculation” but not to speed things up; rather because the penis is at its most engorged right before ejaculation (in my experience) and the man is at his most enthusiastic (again, ime). In other words, it feels f&cking fantastic. Of course I’m gonna holler.

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    Well, who the hell actually remembers what kind of crazy noises they make during sex? Seriously, I know I wouldn’t be able to even answer that questionnaire.

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