I was preparing for a talk about Modern Mating and while I was looking for data on sexual satisfaction, I found an interesting study conducted by Debby Herbenick and her colleagues at Indiana University. These researchers surveyed over 3900 randomly sampled adults, ranging in age from 18- to 59-years-old. They asked participants about their most recent sexual encounter and whether: (1) the participant experienced an orgasm and (2) their partner experienced an orgasm.
You can see some of the results for heterosexual couples in this interactive graphic. Click on the circular buttons by each age group to see the apparent disconnect between women’s and men’s perceptions of orgasm and how little the disconnect changes across age groups.