A new survey suggests that the orgasm gap is very, very real.
Cosmopolitan surveyed over 2,300 women aged 18-40 in an online poll about the female orgasm, and the results were eye-opening. The majority of respondents (67 percent) said they have faked an orgasm with a partner, and 72 percent have been with a partner who climaxed but didn't attempt to help them orgasm. Women also reported that their partners orgasmed 95 percent of the time.
This disparity in who's getting off shows that, in the year 2015, women's pleasure still isn't a priority. Even more striking is that fact that many women presumably find it easier to fake it than figure out with their partners what does get them off, or be honest about ending a sexual encounter sans orgasm. (After all, there's a lot more to sex than the "Big O.") Twenty-seven percent of women who faked it said they did so "to end sex more quickly" knowing that they wouldn't orgasm anyway, while 28 percent said they faked an orgasm to make their partner feel good or spare their partner's feelings. It's not all bad news, though -- a May 2014 study found that some women may fake orgasms to enhance their own sexual experienceS.
Whatever a woman's reason for faking, the fact remains that straight women are orgasming less often than their male partners -- something that hasn't changed in decades.
Check out more highlights from the survey in the Cosmopolitan.com infographic below.