Updated: FEBRUARY 6, 2017
A fake orgasm is a simulated orgasm designed to make a partner think an actual orgasm has occurred.
To fake an orgasm, a person makes sounds and movements similar to those they would ordinarily make when experiencing a real orgasm.
People fake orgasms for a number of reasons, but most commonly they’re motivated by “altruistic deceit,” a desire to make their partner feel good.
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During a fake orgasm, a person will breathe more heavily and make moaning and screaming sounds. Movements like clenching hands, pointing toes, and writhing about are also common, as are verbal affirmations that they are coming.
Men and women can both fake orgasms, although women do it more often. In fact, more than two-thirds of women have faked an orgasm. In addition, more women regularly fake orgasm than have an orgasm during intercourse. This may be linked, because when a woman gets into the habit of faking it, she usually doesn’t tell her partner the things he needs to do to help her achieve a real orgasm.
People fake their orgasms for a number of reasons. Most commonly, they do it to make their partner feel good. People may also fake an orgasm because they feel embarrassed or ashamed that they struggle to climax or because they are tired of having sex.
People within the sex industry, including phone sex operators, the actors and actresses in pornographic videos, and sex workers may fake orgasm while on the job.
While a fake orgasm can help boost a partner’s ego, it also has the potential to undermine trust in a relationship if the truth is revealed. There are some tell-tale signs that can distinguish a fake orgasm from a real one. For example, it’s difficult for anyone to fake the increased body temperature and heart rate, the tightening of abdominal muscles, and the throbbing of pelvic floor muscles that accompanies a real female orgasm.