No, it’s an all-encompassing term for any type of orgasm related to female genitalia.

It could be clitoral, vaginal, even cervical — or a mix of all three. That said, your genitalia isn’t your only option when it comes to achieving the big O.

Read on for tips on where to touch, how to move, why it works, and more.

Direct or indirect stimulation of the clitoris can lead to a clitoral orgasm. When you get your rub on just right, you’ll feel the sensation build in your pleasure bud and peak.

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Your fingers, palm, or a small vibrator can all help you have a clitoral orgasm.

Make sure your clit is wet and begin gently rubbing in a side to side or up and down.

As it begins to feel good, apply faster and harder pressure in a repetitive motion.

When you feel your pleasure intensify, apply even more pressure to the motion to take yourself over the edge.

Although few people are able to climax with vaginal stimulation alone, it sure can be fun trying!

If you’re able to make it happen, prepare for an intense climax that can be felt deep inside your body.

The front vaginal wall is also home to the anterior fornix, or A-spot.

Older research suggests that stimulating the A-spot can result in intense lubrication and even orgasm.

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Fingers or a sex toy should do the trick. Since the pleasure comes from the vaginal walls, you’ll want to experiment with width. Do this by inserting an extra finger or two into the vagina or try a sex toy with some extra girth.

To stimulate the A-spot, focus the pressure on the front wall of the vagina while sliding your fingers or toy in and out. Stick with the pressure and motion that feels the best and let the pleasure mount.

Cervical stimulation has the potential to lead to a full-body orgasm that can send waves of tingly pleasure from your head to your toes.

And this is an orgasm that can keep on giving, lasting quite a while for some.

Your cervix is the lower end of your uterus, so reaching it means going in deep.

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Being relaxed and aroused is key to achieving a cervical orgasm. Use your imagination, rub your clitoris, or let your partner work some foreplay magic.

The doggy-style position allows for deep penetration, so try being on all fours with a penetrative toy or partner.

Start off slow, gradually working your way deeper until you find a depth that feels good and keep at it so the pleasure can build.

A combo orgasm can be achieved by pleasuring your vagina and clitoris simultaneously.

The result: a powerful climax that you can feel inside and out.

Be sure to supersize your combo by adding some other erogenous zones to the mix.

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Use both your hands to double your pleasure or combine fingers and sex toys. Rabbit vibrators, for example, can stimulate the clitoris and vagina at the same time and are perfect for mastering the combo orgasm.

Use parallel rhythms while playing with your clit and vagina or switch it up with fast clit action and slow vaginal penetration.

The genitals are awesome, but they aren’t your only option. Your body is full of erogenous zones with orgasmic potential.

Nipple

Your nipples are full of nerve endings that can feel oh-so-good when played with.

Research also shows that when stimulated, they set your genital sensory cortex ablaze. This is the same area of the brain that lights up during vaginal or clitoral stimulation.

Nipple orgasms are said to sneak up on and you then explode in waves of full-body pleasure. Yes please!

Try this: Use your hands to caress and squeeze your breasts and other parts of your body, avoiding the nipples at first.

Move on to teasing your areola by tracing it with your fingertips until you’re really turned on, then show your nipples some love by rubbing and pinching them until you reach maximum pleasure.

Anal

You don’t need to have a prostate to have an anal orgasm. Bum play can be pleasurable for anyone if you have enough lube and take your time.

The G-spot also shares a wall between the rectum and vagina so you can indirectly stimulate it using a finger or sex toy.

Try this: Apply ample lube with your fingers and massage it around your hole. This won’t just lube you up — it’ll also help get you ready for butt play.

Massage the outside and inside of the opening, then slowly and gently insert your sex toy or finger into your anus. Try a gentle in and out motion, then begin to move in a circular motion. Alternate between the two and pick up the pace as your pleasure builds.

Erogenous zones

Your body really is a wonderland — the neck, ears, and lower back, for example, are rich in erotically charged nerve endings begging to be touched.

We can’t say exactly which parts of your body will drive you to the brink, but we can tell you that everyone has erogenous zones and finding them is definitely worth the effort.

Try this: Take a feather or silky scarf and use it to find your body’s most sensitive areas.

Get naked and relax so that you can focus on every tingle. Take note of these spots and try experimenting with different sensations, like squeezing or pinching.

Practice makes perfect, so pleasure these areas and keep at to see how far you can go.

The G-spot is an area along the front wall of your vagina. For some people, it can produce a very intense and very wet orgasm when stimulated.

Your fingers or a curved G-spot vibrator are the best way to hit the spot. Squatting will give you the best angle.

Try this: Squat so that the back of your thighs touch your knees, and insert your fingers or toy into the vagina. Curl your fingers up towards your belly button and move them in a “come here” motion.

If you happen to find an area that feels especially good, keep going — even if you feel like you have to pee — and enjoy the full-body release.

Every body is different, and so are their orgasms. Some are more intense than others. Some last longer than others. Some are wetter than others.

What physically happens during orgasm is:

  • your vagina and uterus contract rapidly
  • you experience involuntary muscle contractions in other parts, like your abdomen and feet
  • your heart rate and breathing quicken
  • your blood pressure increases

You may feel a sudden relief of sexual tension or even ejaculate.

It may be surprising, but they aren’t all that different.

Both involve increased blood flow to the genitals, faster breathing and heart rate, and muscle contractions.

Where they typically differ is in duration and recovery — also known as afterglow.

“Female” orgasm may also last longer, ranging from 13 to 51 seconds on average, while “male” orgasm often ranges from 10 to 30 seconds.

People with vaginas can typically have more orgasms if stimulated again.

Individuals with a penis typically have a refractory phase. Orgasms aren’t possible during this period, which can last from minutes to days.

Then there’s ejaculation. For a person with a penis, contractions force semen into the urethra and out of the penis. And speaking of ejaculation…

Yes! And it’s a fairly common thing.

The most recent cross-sectional study on female ejaculation found that more than 69 percent of participants experienced ejaculation during orgasm.

Ejaculation occurs when fluid is expelled from your urethral opening during orgasm or sexual arousal.

The ejaculate is a thick, whitish fluid that resembles watered-down milk and contains some of the same components as semen.

The orgasm gap refers to the gap between the number of male and female orgasms in heterosexual sex, where those with female genitalia are getting the shorter end of the stick.

A recent study on orgasms in heterosexual married couples found that 87 percent of husbands and only 49 percent wives consistently experienced orgasms during sexual activity.

Why the gap? Researchers don’t know for certain. Some argue that it could be biological, while others blame cultural and societal perspectives and a lack of education when it comes to pleasure.

If you have a clitoris or a vagina, you know that real-life orgasms can be pretty different from what they show on TV.

The first thing you should do is take the pressure off so you can enjoy yourself.

This is one scenario where it really is more about the journey than the destination.

Instead, take the time to get to know your body and concentrate on how it feels.

You may find it helpful to:

  • get comfy somewhere you won’t be interrupted or distracted, like in your bed or the bath
  • try reading an erotic story or use your imagination to get yourself in the mood
  • massage the fleshy area above your clitoris and the outer and inner lips of your vulva until you begin to get wet, maybe also using lube
  • start rubbing your clitoris over the hood and find a rhythm that feels good
  • rub faster and harder, increasing the speed and pressure to intensify the feeling, and keep at it until you orgasm

If you don’t orgasm, you can always try again. Trying new things is the best way to figure out what turns you on and how to orgasm.

Some people orgasm more easily than others, so not having one doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong.

If you feel like you’re having trouble climaxing or have other concerns, see a doctor or other healthcare provider that specializes in sexual health.

They can answer any questions you may have and may be able to make some recommendations.