Increase Women’s Likelihood of Orgasm During Intercourse

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Note from Tamara and Maureen; this is an example of some of the valuable information that we will be providing during our Sex and Intimacy workshop on September 20, 2014.

One stubborn myth about women’s sexuality is that women have two different types of orgasm: an orgasm that comes from direct clitoral stimulation and a vaginal  orgasm that comes from vaginal penetration only. And this vaginal orgasm is somehow seen as superior.  In fact, only a very few women are able to reach an orgasm without direct clitoral stimulation.

And the standard heterosexual missionary position does not provide good opportunities for the  kind of clitoral stimulation that is needed. So this technique might boost a woman’s chances of reaching orgasm…

The Coital Alignment Technique (CAT)

In the regular man-on-top position, she’s on her back, legs spread, and he’s on top of her. Some women love to feel the weight of their lover on top of them. Others dislike feeling pinned down. This position is also among the more physically demanding for men, who must use their arms to hold themselves up. As a result, when on top, many men have trouble maintaining ejaculatory control and/or erection.

The regular version of the missionary position does not provide enough direct clitoral stimulation for most women to express orgasm. Unlike the other popular positions, neither lover’s hands are free to provide it. In this position, use of a vibrator on her clitoris is problematic. But with a little adjustment of missionary-position intercourse, some women can have an orgasm. The adjustment is known as the Coital Alignment Technique (CAT).

First publicized in 1988 by sex researcher Edward Eichel, the CAT is simple: Instead of the man lying on top of the woman chest-to-chest with his erection moving in and out more or less horizontally, he shifts forward and to one side so that his chest is closer to one of her shoulders. With this minor adjustment, the man’s penis moves more up-and-down, and his pubic bone, the one at base of his penis, makes more direct contact with her clitoris. This extra clitoral contact may provide enough stimulation for the woman to have an orgasm.

Eichel’s original touting of the CAT led to a brief flurry of media attention and a book, The Perfect Fit. But the CAT quickly faded from the headlines. By the early 1990s, it was largely forgotten.

But research continued. A report in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (2000) affirmed what Eichel asserted a dozen years earlier: The CAT increases women’s likelihood of orgasm during man-on-top intercourse. In one study typical of several in this report, researchers worked with 36 women who were unable to have an orgasm in the missionary position. The couples enrolled in an eight-week sexual enrichment course that taught whole-body massage, a standard sex-therapy approach to enhancing pleasure in lovemaking. In addition, 17 were encouraged to masturbate between lovemaking sessions to become more comfortable with their sexual responsiveness, another standard component of sex therapy. The remaining 19 were taught the CAT. Women in the masturbation group reported a 27 percent increase in orgasm during missionary-position intercourse. Women in the CAT group reported twice the increase, 56 percent.

Of course, the CAT in no way guarantees orgasm during intercourse.  The CAT is no substitute for gentle, direct clitoral stimulation. But the CAT improves some women’s ability to have orgasms during man-on-top intercourse

At the September 20 Sex and Intimacy workshop we will give more tips on how to boost women’s capacity to orgasm during heterosexual intercourse. And we will be addressing other stubborn myths about our sexuality. Come join us!

Getting the sexual life you want!
One-day workshop for couples
on Sex and intimacy

Date:  September 20, 2014, 9am-4:30 pm 
Cost: $375 per couple includes tuition, manual, morning and afternoon snacks (includes GST)
Location:  At the Liu Centre for Global Studies, UBC

This workshop is open to all couples who have completed the Getting the Love you Want workshop. Register online www.imagovancouver.com

This workshop will explore some of the common obstacles to a rich and satisfying sexual life. We will also provide you with a series of dialogues, designed to help you and your partner develop a more intimate relationship.

Note: in this workshop your privacy is paramount – no demonstrations!

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