During sex, we often entrust our pleasure to our partners (with varying results), but a new study has revealed that nine out of 10 women use a simple technique to intensify their own experience during intercourse.
Keen to help women 'understand, communicate and advocate for their sexual pleasure', a team from Indiana University surveyed more than 3,000 female adults from across the US on their sexual habits.
The women were made up of 'many under-researched and often harder-to-reach populations across ethnicity, economic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and internet access' and aged from 18 to 93.
And the results, as outlined in the PLOS One Journal, revealed that nearly nine in 10 (87%) of the respondents were fans of 'angling', which refers to the 'rotating, raising or lowering the hips during penetration to adjust where inside the vagina the toy or penis rubs'.
'We asked thousands of women what they do to experience more pleasure from penetrative sex and found there are four techniques that work for most women,' said study author Dr Christiana von Hippel, from sex science site OMGyes, which provides users with the 'latest science about what feels good and why'.
'Our company gave them descriptive names and created tasteful diagrams, animations and videos of women of all ages explaining their own experiences.'
As well as angling, more than four in five (84%) of the women are fans of 'shallowing', penetrative touching just inside the entrance of the vagina.
Just over a quarter (76%) use 'rocking', when the base of the penis or sex toy rubs against the clitoris during penetration, staying all the way inside the vagina rather than thrusting in and out.
Nearly seven in 10 (69%) rely on 'pairing' to climax, when a woman or her partner stimulates the clitoris during penetration.
'We hope bringing this important knowledge out of the shadows into the light of day with clear language will empower women to better recognise, communicate and act on what they want,' Dr von Hippel explained.
Do you recognise any of the above techniques? And, if not, we recommend trying them out.
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