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The best psychological orgasmometer is adapted to Spanish

A team of researchers from the Human Sexuality Laboratory (LabSex) of the University of Granada (UGR) has adapted into Spanish one of the few instruments that serve to evaluate the psychological experience of an orgasm , in the context of sexual relations as a couple, from a multidimensional approach. The name of this tool is Orgasm Rating Scale (ORS) and in practice it is used to detect orgasmic dysfunctions in both men and women.

The study of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC), which has seen the light in the prestigious scientific journal The Journal of Sexual Medicine , has adapted and validated this instrument into Spanish, which consists of a questionnaire made up of 25 items distributed in four different areas – affective, sensory, intimacy and reward – that serve to describe the experience of orgasm as a couple. In order to clinically evaluate the most recent subjective orgasmic experience, the UGR scientists used a Likert-type scale, in which zero means that it “does not describe it at all” and five means that it “describes it perfectly.”

As reported by the University of Granada in a press release, 842 adults of Spanish nationality participated in the study –532 women and 310 men–, all of legal age . They had to respond to a series of online self-reports about their most recent orgasmic experience, consisting of a sociodemographic and sexual history questionnaire, the ORS, the Sexual Opinion Scale (SOS-6) and a General Sexual Functioning Scale (MGH). -SFQ).

The survey was conducted through the LimeSurvey platform and the link to access it was disseminated through various social networks –such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram–, collectives, groups, etc.

Orgasmic dysfunctions

“After data analysis, the Spanish version of the ORS has proven to have good psychometric properties, is reliable and valid for use in both clinical and research settings,” explains Ana Isabel Arcos, lead author of the study. As he adds, “people with difficulties in their orgasmic capacity obtain lower scores in the dimensions of the ORS than people without these difficulties.” Hence, it is useful to detect orgasmic dysfunctions.

This dysfunction occurs when a man or a woman cannot reach orgasm or have difficulties to do so. This does not mean that there is no excitement, but that the individual does not experience the maximum sexual pleasure that one would expect in a sexual relationship. Unless the problem is persistent and recurs, it will not be considered orgasmic dysfunction. In any case, it must be a specialist who determines if there really is a problem, which, by the way, is more common in women. According to data from 2017, specifically from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior carried out by the University of Indiana (USA), around 10% of them have never had an orgasm and 91% of men experienced one during their last sexual encounter versus only 64% of women.

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