In the film When Harry Met Sally, Meg Ryan famously showed how easy it is for a woman to fake an orgasm.

London – As Meg Ryan’s character in When Harry Met Sally showed, faking an orgasm is not difficult for the average woman.

It is often thought that those who do so are simply trying to spare their partner’s feelings. But a survey commissioned by Cosmopolitan magazine found another reason for pretence.

Just as many women apparently fake it because they have had enough and simply want their lovemaking session to end so they can get some sleep.

Sixty-seven percent of those polled had faked an orgasm with a partner. The survey also suggests that when it comes to making love, women’s pleasure isn’t always a priority. Some 57 percent, or over just over half of those surveyed, said they had an orgasm most or every time they had sex. But 95 percent believed that their other half climaxed every time.

Most women said they had their first orgasm between the ages of 17 and 19. Almost all of the 2,300 surveyed said they had experienced an orgasm at some point in their lives.

Shockingly, 72 percent of women admitted that their partners have climaxed without helping them to finish despite 78 percent agreeing that they believed their partner cared about pleasuring them.

Women who complained they weren’t orgasming with their partner pointed to a number of reasons from being ‘almost there’ but unable to ‘quite get over the edge’ (50 percent) to ‘not the right kind’ of stimulation from their partner (35 percent). For 32 percent, being ‘in my own head’ or too focused on how they look prevents them from reaching a climax.

When asked how they had they experienced their first orgasm most women said it was down to experimenting rather than with the help of a boyfriend/girlfriend. Reasons for a first climax included masturbation, water jets in the bath and accidental stimulation when making contact with furniture.

Daily Mail