Can virgins have orgasms?

Originally Published: January 15, 1999 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: December 6, 2013
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Hey Alice,

Can virgins experience orgasms?

Dear Reader,

Yes, yes... oh, yes!

As anyone who has ever masturbated or had an orgasm while dreaming is fully aware, people can feel the pleasure of orgasm without engaging in intercourse or even sexual activity.

Physiologically, orgasm is not partner dependent and does not discriminate against the sexually inexperienced. For example, two virgins can still feel "sexual" thrills, and orgasm, while being intimate without sex. Orgasms have even been reported by a wide array of people while they are doing everything from riding a roller coaster or motorcycle to walking down the street or exercising.

Virginity and orgasm are not two mutually exclusive concepts. Learning about your body by yourself or with a partner can help you realize that orgasm is pleasurable and attainable in a variety of ways. An added benefit could be an increased awareness of body responses, which could enable someone to teach a current or future partner about their own likes and dislikes.

Just as virginity is a choice, so is the level to which you explore and experience all that your body has to offer. Happy exploring!