Is it an Orgasm?

Dear Rachel and Claire,
I’m a female. When I masturbate, after a while it feels as though the room is spinning when I close my eyes. And then I become intensely hot; then I get this amazing pleasure. Is that an orgasm??? I’m not too sure.

--Sweet Mystery

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Dear Sweet Mystery,

Sounds like it to us! Technically, orgasm is the spasms of the release of muscle tension that builds up during arousal. But every woman feels it differently—-some feel it as "going over an edge" or as a release, others shake and moan, some have a more subtle feeling of warmth and relaxation. And lots of us experience it different ways at different times. Some orgasms are grudgy little things that take a long time to reach and aren’t all that dramatic, and others make us howl out and leave us completely wrung out.

If you'd like to learn more, check out our own guide on How to Have an Orgasm.

Have fun!