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Kansas Researchers Reveal Six Reasons Why People Fake Orgasms

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US Editorial Team Lead
Updated: 10 May 2017
Both men and women occasionally fake orgasms. Researchers at the University of Kansas, much like the rest of us, are trying to figure out why. So, they created a scale called the Pretending Orgasms Reading Measure (PORM) in hopes of narrowing down the motivations behind faked orgasms.

For the most part, the goal of sex is mutual climax. The idea of faking orgasms seems a bit counterintuitive, but people do it all the time. Researchers spoke to nearly 1600 college co-eds about whether they’d faked orgasms and why. According to the paper, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, 76 percent of the women surveyed admitted to faking orgasms compared to 41 percent of men.

Across both sexes, researchers were able to narrow the answers down to six specific reasons:

1. “Feels good”

2. “For partner”

3. “Not into sex”

4. “Manipulation/power”

5. “Insecurity”

6. “Emotional communication”

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Of course, this information isn’t exactly mind-blowing for most of us. Women faking orgasms has been the subject of pop culture fodder for quite some time now. And just this past December, a study published in the journal Sexualities found that women fake orgasms to make their partners happy, because they aren’t in the mood, or because they want the sex to end.

The current study is one of the few to explore why both sexes fake climax, but there’s still more to be done on the subject. The researchers admit that more analysis is necessary to decide which parts of this paper are useful in the clinical setting, especially as they relate to issues like sexual dysfunction.