The Scoop: Many women struggle to climax through intercourse alone, and many reasons exist for the so-called “orgasm gap”. Women may not understand their bodies or desires, face medical issues or menopause, or struggle to share their needs with partners. Cliovana is a pain-free treatment that uses acoustic soundwaves to help increase women’s sexual sensitivity, which can make it easier for them to orgasm.

Many women struggle with sexual pleasure, and between 5% to 10% of women in one study reported having never had an orgasm. An even greater number of women struggle to climax from penetrative sex alone, as just under 20% said they could achieve orgasm without clitoral stimulation.

In fact, only about a third of women reach climax during sex, in contrast to about three-quarters of men.

Kristine Myers is the Vice President of Sales at Cliovana, a healthcare company designed to improve women’s sexual health and pleasure. She said that she and her team are committed to improving the likelihood women will orgasm during sex.

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Cliovana takes a scientific approach to help women increase sexual pleasure.

“Our mission is to help women have better sex. Although there are over 8,000 nerve endings in the Clitoris, only about 33% of women actually have an orgasm during sex. As compared to 4,000 nerve endings in the head of the penis, and 75% of men have an orgasm during intercourse. There’s a huge orgasm gap’, as we like to call it,” she said.

In fact, heterosexual women are the group least likely to achieve orgasm during sex. Around 95% of heterosexual men report orgasming during most or all of their sexual encounters, compared with 65% of heterosexual women. But 86% of gay women reported reaching climax during all or most of their sexual encounters, while 89% of gay men said the same.

Some women have also reported that the quality of their orgasms decreases over time. For example, post-menopausal women may struggle to climax or experience less powerful orgasms.

“For women, estrogen decreases at menopause are more abrupt. Some experts believe that the clitoris becomes less sensitive due to estrogen decline. Many women climax through clitoral stimulation; less sensitivity may diminish the intensity of orgasms,” writes the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM).

Cliovana wants to help all women achieve orgasm more frequently. So Kristine, who is a sexual wellness expert, shared some valuable advice for heterosexual women.

Why Women May Struggle to Achieve Orgasm

Kristine suggests three major reasons why many straight women struggle to climax during sex.

First, women may not know or understand their own bodies, nor do their male partners. Specifically, the so-called “Orgasm Gap” can be attributed to a lack of knowledge in society about anatomy, especially the vulva.

“An understanding of your anatomy and the anatomy of your partner can dramatically affect your sex life. Knowing your own body can empower you to guide another person around it, increasing your pleasure and their confidence. Heterosexual women continue to be the group least likely to have an orgasm and that may be down to a lack of understanding about bodies,” writes women’s health expert Alice Broster.

To improve their likelihood of pleasurable sex, both women and men need to be better-versed in anatomy. Both genders struggle to identify basic parts of a woman’s body, including the labia, vulva, and vagina.

What’s more, many men — and women — place too much emphasis on penetrative sex.

“We use the words sex and intercourse synonymously, and relegate clitoral stimulation to ‘foreplay’ or that which comes before the main act of intercourse. We commonly mislabel women’s genitals by the one part (the vagina) that gives men, but not women, reliable orgasms,” Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., wrote in Psychology Today.

Women also may not be reaching the same level of sexual pleasure as men because they don’t feel comfortable asking for what they want in the bedroom. And, finally, they may believe their lack of orgasm during sex is normal.

“Sometimes women just don’t know any different, they think it’s normal to have less than satisfying sex — they don’t know that there are options to help increase sexual satisfaction,” Kristine told us.

Interestingly, one survey found that just 6% of women reported always climaxing during sex, compared to 39% of the same group achieving orgasm through masturbation.

The Reasons Behind the “Orgasm Gap”

One tool many women use to improve their sexual satisfaction is a Cliovana treatment program.

“Cliovana’s sole purpose is to narrow the pleasure gap and help women achieve stronger and more frequent orgasms,” Kristine said.

Kristine has worked in various roles in the sexual wellness space over the last seven years. She launched one of the first sexual wellness treatment plans in 2015. She joined Cliovana in 2021 and brought her passion for sexual health to ensure more women are aware of their options. She helps them consider those options, including Cliovana, to lead happier, healthier, and less painful intimate lives.

Kristine said she is excited about Cliovana’s potential to improve women’s sexual health. The pain-free treatment uses acoustic sound waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing responses and bring more blood flow to the treatment area. That, in turn, creates more sensitivity in the clitoris, which helps with lubrication, and reduces pain from intercourse.

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Cliovana aims to improve the lives of women by boosting their sexual health and wellness.

The results are seen approximately three months after the first treatment is completed and they last for approximately one year.

Some of the most powerful success stories Kristine said she has heard come from women who have been in long relationships or marriages where sexual satisfaction has died out. After the Cliovana treatment, those women (and their husbands) are thankful to have their sex lives re-invigorated. And Cliovana helps bring those couples closer together.

“We also hear from women who are recently divorced, and are getting into the dating world again. Maybe they haven’t been intimate in a while, which can be scary on its own,” Kristine said. “After having their Cliovana treatment, they are ready and excited to face their new world.”

Cliovana Benefits Those Struggling with Sexual Dysfunction

Women with a variety of issues can benefit from Cliovana. Kristine said she and her team hear from women who can’t, or don’t want to, take medications who have seen their sexual function improve with Cliovana.

“Cliovana is a painless treatment that does not involve any needles, or lasers, or surgery — we treat the vulva and clitoris only; there are no side effects, and no downtime. This is considered a very natural method to address these concerns,” Kristine said.

And women of all ages can benefit from Cliovana. A number of common events in women’s lives can diminish genital sensititivy, including vaginal childbirth, age, hormones, and peri/post menopause. However, even women who don’t have any of those experiences turn to Cliovana.

“We serve any woman who would like to improve arousal and sensitivity and get the most out of their sexual experiences,” Kristine told us.

Cliovana is the first — and only — patented treatment specifically aimed at improving and enhancing women’s sexual pleasure. The team believes that women deserve just as much pleasure in their sexual experiences as men do. Women interested in the treatment can visit the Cliovana website to find a healthcare provider nearby and schedule a consultation.

Though Cliovana is a powerful tool to improve women’s sexual experiences, it can’t solve the orgasm gap on its own. Some women have the physical capacity to achieve satisfying orgasms, yet still struggle to climax with their partners.

“Women should feel comfortable with their sexuality and understand their body, so they can ask for what they want in the bedroom. And we should talk about it more!” Kristine said. “We want women to enjoy sex just as much as men do and have just as many, if not more, orgasms!”