Why Some Men Fake Orgasms

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It may be common knowledge some women fake orgasms during sex, but a new study claims men too lie about the "big O."

According to a recent study published in the journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, researchers from the Université du Québec à Montréal surveyed 230 men and as it turns out, all of the subjects have at least faked an orgasm at least once.

“No study to date has thoroughly investigated men’s motivations for feigning orgasm, or how these motives might be related to sexual and relationship satisfaction and sexual desire,” researchers from the university wrote in the report.

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The study, which surveyed 230 men between the ages of 18 to 29 years old, found men faked orgasms during vaginal intercourse (27 per cent), oral sex (21.7 per cent), anal sex (17.8 per cent) and hand jobs.

Researchers noted these men often faked orgasms for several reasons.

"Participants were most likely to report feigning orgasm in order to buttress a partner's self-esteem, and for reasons related to timing (i.e. wanting to have an orgasm at the same time as a partner). Participants were least likely to report feigning because the sex, or their partner, was unappealing," researchers wrote in the paper.

And because this was a small sample size, it does not mean it represents all men.

"The results from the present study are not generalizable to men as a whole, and should only be interpreted in relation to the minority of men who pretend orgasm with their relationship partners," researchers added. "Given that the sample was predominantly white, the findings yielded from this study may mostly reflect white men's realities, and may not necessarily be generalizable to individuals of other underrepresented ethnic groups."

A previous study from the University of Kansas had found 25 per cent of men surveyed faked an orgasm and as the Guardian notes, other reasons men may not orgasm include stress, drinking alcohol or exhaustion.

And although this is just one study, researchers Léa J. Séguin and Robin R. Milhausen said these findings will help them have a better understanding of aspects of male sexuality which may traditionally have been overlooked or dismissed.

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