We’ve always suspected it, but now it’s been confirmed! A new study has revealed that same-sex couples are more likely to be satisfied under the sheets, compared to heterosexual couples.
The research, published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, explored the differences in orgasm frequency among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual men and women in the US.
The study looked at a sample of 52,588 adults and discovered that the group that most often climaxes is straight men, with 95% saying that they had orgasms most of the time during sex.
This compares to 89% of gay men, followed by 88% of bisexual men and 86% percent of lesbian women.
The least satisfied groups were bisexual women, 66% of whom climaxed most of the time and, lastly, heterosexual women, 65% of whom orgasmed during sex.
The research suggests that gay and lesbian couples are more likely as a whole to have better sex than heterosexual couples (at least if this is defined by having an orgasm). In other words, male and female same-sex couples are much more likely to climax during sex than heterosexual couples.
The difference between straight men and women, known as an “orgasm gap”, is particularity stark and has been documented before. This research, however, is unusual in that it also included men and women who do not identify as heterosexual.
“We have a very large sample of gay, lesbian, and bisexual men and women who were recruited in the same way as the heterosexual participants. This is very rare,” lead researcher David Frederick, PhD, assistant professor in Health Psychology at Chapman University, told CBS News.
“This allowed us to look at whether there are multiple orgasm gaps — the gap between men and heterosexual women, but also lesbian women being less likely to orgasm than men but more likely to orgasm than heterosexual women.”
Another finding was that oral sex played a role in increasing frequency of orgasm among heterosexual women, lesbians, bisexual women and gay and bi men. There was no link between having oral sex and frequency of orgasm for straight men, however.
Frederick said the researchers hope the study will go some way towards helping improve sexual satisfaction among straight women.
This could be done “by addressing sociocultural factors and by encouraging a wider variety of activities when men and women are sexually intimate,” said the researchers. “The fact that lesbian women orgasmed more often than heterosexual women indicates that many heterosexual women could experience higher rates of orgasm.”
The research follows another recent Australian and UK study that found that gay and lesbian couples tend to have higher-quality relationships than their heterosexual counterparts.