Dr. Parish explains if women can enter addictive patterns for reaching orgasms.
There’s this issue of people get into sort of, for lack of a better term, addictive patterns, for reaching stimulation. So they get kind of fixed into, I think this is kind of, to some extent addressing your question, they get kind of fixed into one method so they can only achieve orgasm if they masturbate in a certain way with certain circumstances, with one pattern and they become kind of rigid and limited in their sexual repertoire.
It’s important to remember that not all women, for example, not all women achieve orgasm through sexual intercourse. About a third of women achieve orgasm with clitoral stimulation, about a third with vaginal stimulation and about a third can achieve orgasm with either type of stimulation and some women need manual or vibratory or oral stimulation to clitoris and that doesn’t happen for them effectively during intercourse so they may have a different type of orgasm.
So it needs to be understood that it may be very normal in the spectrum of sexual response to have a certain way or a certain approach that a woman needs to be adequately stimulated for her sexual satisfaction. But there also is this idea, as I was talking about just before, that women can get kind of stuck or anybody, women or men in a certain pattern.
Sometimes people will have masturbatory patterns where they are only able to achieve orgasm in that way under that circumstance and it has to do with potentially sometimes some psychological factors, rigidity, lack of responsiveness to the dynamics of a relationship, sometimes receptivity in the partner, and a sex therapist would be probably in the group of individuals that could be most helpful in addressing that type of issue.
About Dr. Sharon Parish, M.D.:
Dr. Sharon Parish, M.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York. She is also the Director of Psychosocial Training at Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Parish has developed an array of curricula addressing fundamental areas in psychosocial medicine, such as interviewing and empathy skills, psychiatric diagnosis and management, and patient education and compliance, as well as specialized areas such as motivational interviewing, substance abuse disorders, and women’s mental health.