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Presented in a question-and-answer format, The Orgasm Answer Guide covers everything you could want to know about orgasms but were afraid to ask.

(Janet Christie www.scotsman.com)

The authors hit this one out of the park! Their book answers key questions with a unique combination of science, credibility, and caring.

(Judith Steinhart, co-creator of the website, Go Ask Alice!)

This book answers the questions many of us secretly have about orgasms and many we may not even have thought of... until now. Ever wondered why people experience orgasms while asleep? What the U spot is? Or how machines and devices stimulate orgasms? Then this book is for you.

(Lou Paget, author of The Big O)

A must-read for every couple. Pulling together reliable information from hundreds of sources, The Orgasm Answer Guide will expand your frame of reference beyond your personal experience. Written for a broad audience, I suspect it will nevertheless become a valuable reference for sexual health professionals.

(Mark Schoen, SexSmartFilms.com)

Orgasm may be the ultimate subjective experience; it's impossible to know what another's climax is like. Yet these fascinating scientists and graceful writers deliver a book that reveals orgasm's universal truths.

(Daniel Bergner, author of The Other Side of Desire)

Exhaustive, sweetly sex-positive, and funny in that unflappable science-nerd way.


Contributors, who are sexuality researchers and educators, give accessible, compassionate, research-based answers to 80 questions about orgasm. Good illustrations and comprehensive references complement a work that will be a valuable resource for sexuality educators and practitioners, and a great addition to the sexuality self-help genre. Highly recommended.


Beverly Whipple, sexuality researcher and coauthor with Alice Ladas of the international best-selling book The G-Spot and Other Discoveries about Human Sexuality, teams up with neuroscientist Barry R. Komisaruk and endocrinologist Carlos Beyer-Flores to illustrate a complete picture of one of the most electrifying and mysterious parts of human sexuality―orgasm. From the definition of orgasm to the effects of disease, aging, and drugs, to neurochemistry of orgasm and finally leading up to its connection with the brain, through this comprehensive and interesting journey, many questions about 'one of life’s greatest pleasures' are answered.

(European Association for BodyPsychotherapy Newsletter)

About the Author

Barry R. Komisaruk is Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University. Beverly Whipple is a professor emerita at Rutgers University and a certified sexuality educator, counselor, and researcher. Sara Nasserzadeh is a certified psychosexual therapist. Carlos Beyer-Flores is head of the Laboratorio CIRA of the University of Tlaxcala and CINVESTAV in Mexico. Komisaruk, Beyer-Flores, and Whipple are coauthors of The Science of Orgasm, also published by Johns Hopkins.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801893968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801893964
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recently bought and read the book, "The Orgasm Answer Guide" after meeting one of the authors, Dr. Beverly Whipple on a flight to Philadelphia. We began a discussion on what she did, and being intrigued, I decided to order a copy of it and read it on my Kindle.

I'm really glad I did.

Needless to say, orgasm is a subject that virtually all of us are passionately (pardon the pun) interested in, but how many of us actually know the science behind it? This book provides insight from the world's top sex-research experts on what actually *is* going on, how we get there, and the biology/physiology of orgasm. It also proceeds to answer a variety of questions that people may have wondered about for years-- are there non-genital orgasms? Why is the clitoris so sensitive following orgasm? Are orgasms good for our health (I certainly think so, but hey, that's just me), and what are some of the other health implications of having orgasms? Again, it's a great and informative guide to a subject that while we are all very familiar with, know remarkably little about. I think that is the true value of the book- finally understanding what IS actually going on during this experience, and not just with yourself, but with your partner as well.

Personally, I really enjoyed the book. I found it a nice balance of being technically informative while also being a fun read, which can be challenging. The authors managed to take a subject that can either be a little too racy or a little too clinical (depending on how it's presented), and create something that is neither, yet reaches a great balance. Instead, it offers scientific insight that a layman can easily understand, which I believe was their goal. And in my opinion, they did a very good job.
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இ Fuzzy Wuzzy's Summary:
ѾѾѾѾ Recommended with warm fuzzies.

How much you like this book may depend upon what you had hoped to get out of it and what your expectations were based on the initial presentation of the book's cover and contents. This book is a very informative read about many of the Whats, Whys, and Hows of the O. Much of the book's contents presents medical research and previous sex studies that answer various common, along with very uncommon, questions about the O.

Two of the book's authors are professors at Rutgers University. Perhaps because of the academic backgrounds of most of the book's authors, the information in this book is presented in a very dry style of academic writing. The verbiage is not quite as dense as reading the "Journal of the American Medical Association" with that journal's presentation of medical research findings, but I get the distinct impression that this book's authors were not out to titillate and entice the reader. Most books about sex are written with a certain degree of cunning linguistic tact that inform you while teasing your curiosity to try out some technique on your partner. The bold snazzy layout of the O-R-G-A-S-M lettering on the book's cover is literally the extent of this book's use of color; there are no photos or diagrams of any kind in this book.

Reading this book will NOT help to make you a better lover (if that was one of your goals/hopes for reading it), although it does cover the questions of "What is the G Spot?" and (new to me) "What is the U Spot?" and "What is the A Spot?". But it covers these topics without the use of diagrams or graphics.
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This interesting little book is the work of four experts on human sexuality - a couple of professors and a couple of counselors, all with PhDs. The book takes the form of a series of questions and answers, all revolving around the subject of the orgasm. Everything is covered here, from the mechanics of the orgasm in men and women, through the many hows and whys, and through how different societies view the orgasm.

Now, the authors did take their subject quite seriously, and as such stay on an entirely academic plane. So, don't expect a lot of yuks from this book. I thought that the authors did do a great job of covering the subject, and answer many questions that I never thought to ask before. (Admittedly, I do have one question on the male orgasm that the authors do not answer. :-( ) And by the way, do not read this book expecting it to be a medical book about improving or increasing your orgasms, while the subjects are covered, they are covered in a cursory manner. If you are looking for serious medical advice, you should go to a more serious and in depth book.

As for me, I really enjoyed this book. The subject is interesting, and the authors did a great job of really plunging in and covering it, right to the hilt! If you are interested in orgasms (and let's face it, who isn't?) then give this book a quick read - I don't think you'll be disappointed.

(Review of The Orgasm Answer Guide by Dr. Barry R. Komisaruk, et al.)
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In 2006, three academic researchers, Barry Komisaruk, Beverly Whipple, and Carlos Beyer-Flores, brought out _The Science of Orgasm_, a serious book of physiological and psychological research published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. That publisher has now issued the authors' new book (in which they are joined by co-author Sara Nasserzadeh), one that is still strong on science but is aimed at the curious lay reader (and who isn't curious about orgasms?). _The Orgasm Answer Guide_ reminded me a little of Dr. David Reuben's waggish best seller from 1971, _Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask_, in that this book uses the question and answer format (starting off with "What are orgasms?"). The answers here, however, are grounded in the science displayed in the previous volume, and while there is sympathetic good humor, this is a serious, informative book. The eighty questions are the sorts of queries a therapist might hear in a session; while a patient might not come in and ask, "What are orgasms?", Nasserzadeh has said that she gets queries from women who don't know if they have orgasms or what orgasms "ought" to feel like. Dr. Reuben may not have added a lot to our cumulative sexual IQ, but here is a book on a specific facet of sexual behavior, backed by the most up-to-date research.

Because the book is based on science, there are a lot of "We don't know" answers. That's OK; sometimes the questions have philosophical underpinnings that cut right to the heart of epistemology. For instance, "Do men and women have the same sensations during orgasm?" You can't feel my orgasm and I can't feel yours; how would we ever know about equivalence?
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