Woman's fingertips clue to better sex, study finds

Can a woman’s ability to orgasm be at the tip of her finger? A study in the September issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that the greater the sensitivity at the tip of a woman’s finger the higher likelihood of her achieving orgasm during vaginal intercourse.

Researchers found that those with greater tactile sensitivity had a higher likelihood and more frequent orgasms during vaginal sex. Additionally, women with less tactile sensitivity (who were identified as having immature defense mechanisms), meaning their ability to relate intimately to the opposite sex is poor, were less likely to achieve orgasm through sexual intercourse.

Touch linked to sexual satisfaction

“Touch is one of the most critical senses associated with sexual satisfaction,” said Dr. Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine and director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. “This study demonstrates that diminished sensitivity coupled with poor psychological response mechanisms may lead to less satisfying sexual experience for women,” he added.

Dr. Goldstein said sexual satisfaction has proven to be a vital part of women’s overall well-being. Overall the study concludes that there is a connection between physical touch and psychological development. Women who were more sensitive to physical sensations through the tip of their fingers and were more self aware and in tune with their partner have a higher likelihood of experiencing orgasms during vaginal intercourse.

The study focused on 70 female university students, aged 18-30, who had finger sensitivity measured via von Frey type microfilaments, a system used to measure skin sensitivity. The subjects completed the Defense Style Questionnaire, the Marlowe-Crowne social desirability scale, and provided details regarding ability to orgasm over the course of one month.

Written by Laura Gilbert
Alvarado Hospital

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