An interesting new study posits that women who fake orgasms in bed might be more likely to cheat on their partners than other women. But don’t panic just yet — it’s a little bit more complicated than that.
Researchers at the University of Missouri wanted to test two hypotheses: First, that a woman’s orgasm is a sign of sexual satisfaction and therefore, her likelihood of fidelity to her partner, and second, that a woman’s “orgasm behaviour signals increased chances of fertilization,” (AKA the “sire choice hypothesis).
To do so, they recruited 138 women and 121 men who were in relationships to answer a questionnaire about how often they had orgasmed during sex, as well as if they had ever cheated on their partners, and if so, how often. The researchers found that orgasms were not associated with female fidelity, nor was it associated with male perceptions of partner fidelity. So basically, the first hypothesis is a non-entity, though the researchers noted that the study results better support their second one.
However, the researchers did find that women who frequently faked orgasms were more likely to report being unfaithful to their partners. They also found that men who thought that their girlfriends were faking it were less happy with their relationships than men who didn’t think their partners were faking their orgasms.
It’s worth highlighting that the sample size of the study, which was published in Archives of Sexual Behaviour, was small, and that self-reported data can be unreliable. It’s also worth pointing out that if you think your girlfriend is faking it (and she might be — another recent study showed that straight women have fewer orgasms than anyone else) that there might be any number of reasons why other than cheating– maybe she feels self-conscious during sex for some reason, maybe she’s trying not to hurt your feelings.
That said, if you’re unhappy with your sex life for any reason, be honest with your girlfriend — it’s likely that she knows or even feels the same way. Hopefully, talking about it will allow you both to zero in on the problem and fix it.
By Alanna Nunez