An orgasm is a powerful feeling of pleasure. Some people can experience multiple orgasms. Anecdotal evidence suggests females can achieve as many as 20 orgasms in a row during sex.

According to the International Society for Sexual Medicine, most women can achieve multiple orgasms, but estimates of the number who do vary. A 2016 study reports that 8% of women said it was “easy” to have multiple orgasms.

Designing well-controlled studies of orgasms is difficult, and counting the number of orgasms people have is even more challenging. As a result, there is no scientifically accepted limit on the number of orgasms a female can have. However, in theory, there is no limit.

This article defines what multiple orgasms are, the different types of orgasms, and techniques to achieve multiple orgasms.

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By practicing different techniques and strategies, many women are capable of having multiple orgasms in a row.

A person has multiple orgasms when they have several orgasms very close together. Some people who have multiple orgasms report having orgasms back-to-back, with just seconds between each.

Others have an orgasm, experience a decline in arousal, become aroused again within minutes, and have another orgasm soon after.

One study suggests that 12% of women in Finland reported multiple orgasms during their last sexual experience. These figures remained similar in multiple groups of women surveyed in 1999, 2007, and 2015.

A 2017 online survey of 1,250 women in the United Kingdom found that 70% reported experiencing multiple orgasms at least once.

The refractory period is the time following orgasm when a person is no longer sexually responsive.

In males, the refractory period makes it impossible to become physically aroused. However, although females may lose interest in sex, they are usually physically capable of engaging in sexual activity again.

A 2009 study suggests that women may experience a physiological refractory period. Out of 174 females, 96% reported that the clitoris became too sensitive to continue sexual activity. So while still physically possible, sex became less appealing and possibly painful.

The refractory period, particularly a long one, may affect a person’s ability to have multiple orgasms. However, most research into refractory periods focuses on males, so researchers need to conduct more studies into this from the female perspective.

Though many people report witnessing female ejaculation, researchers continue to debate the concept. Some insist that female ejaculate is urine, while others say it is a different fluid that comes from an organ equivalent to the male prostate.

There is no scientific consensus on female ejaculation, its causes, and whether any specific factors increase its likelihood. One online survey states that 40% of women reported ejaculating at least once.

Female ejaculation is not common, and most females do not ejaculate when they orgasm. In some cases, an individual may ejaculate without first having an orgasm.

The International Society for Sexual Medicine reports that ejaculation may be more common during G-spot stimulation.

Multiple orgasms happen when a person orgasms, comes down from the orgasm and returns to a less stimulated state before having another orgasm. Essentially, it means they have multiple separate orgasms a few minutes apart.

A stacked orgasm aims to prevent a person from fully climaxing so that they experience a wave of orgasms and remain in an orgasmic state for much longer.

No single technique works for all people. While anecdotal evidence may support specific strategies, the most important technique for achieving multiple orgasms is communication.

Talking about what feels good, what works, and how close a person is to orgasm can make each orgasm more pleasurable.

Some strategies to consider include:

  • Focus on clitoral stimulation: According to an online survey, most females require clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm.
  • Slow down and have sex longer: This can accommodate a refractory period while increasing the chances of multiple orgasms. A 2016 study suggests that sex lasting longer than 15 minutes increases the chances of multiple orgasms.
  • Incorporate different types of sexual stimulation: Intercourse is not the only way to have sex and achieve orgasm.
  • Masturbation: Many females learn how to have multiple orgasms from masturbation. According to a 2018 article, most women can also orgasm more quickly from masturbation.
  • Slow or change stimulation: This may help the orgasm last longer, resulting in a stacked orgasm.
  • Use sex toys: One study found that about half of women who incorporate toys into intercourse have multiple orgasms.

The main benefit of multiple orgasms is that they feel good. They can also promote intimacy in a relationship. A healthy sex life offers many health benefits, including:

  • stress relief
  • lower risk of heart health issues, such as high blood pressure
  • improved self-esteem
  • better immune health
  • better sleep
  • reductions in anxiety and depression

There are no risks associated with orgasms, nor with multiple orgasms. However, the specific techniques a person uses to reach orgasm may present some risks. People with certain health conditions may need to be cautious when having sex.

For example, aggressive stimulation may irritate the skin or even cause bruising and other injuries.

Johns Hopkins Medicine note that people with untreated heart disease may have a heart attack during exertion, such as having sex, but this is very rare.

However, people with a history of chest pain or feeling winded should see a doctor before having sex or trying to have multiple orgasms.

As with any sexual encounter, people should use birth control, have regular testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and ensure they have consent.

Some people might feel pressure to have multiple orgasms, especially if they have had them before, which may make the experience uncomfortable.

Every female is different, and so too is every sexual interaction and potential for orgasm. Currently, nobody knows how many orgasms a female can have during one sexual experience.

Most females can achieve multiple orgasms. Although those with a history of multiple orgasms may be more likely to continue having them, they are unpredictable.

Clear and compassionate communication with a partner about desires and what feels good is important for achieving multiple orgasms. This can increase the odds of orgasm and pleasure each time they have sex.

People can find the most effective way for them to achieve multiple orgasms by practicing different techniques and strategies.