Grain of science
A UK cross-sectional study that compared emotional intelligence and frequency of orgasms in over 2,000 women has concluded that intelligent women have better sex.
Andrea V Burri and colleagues from Kingâ€™s College London based their research on a theory that normal variations in emotional intelligence could affect a womanâ€™s ability to communicate her desires to her partner and her sexual functioning. They studied 2,035 women and discovered that a womanâ€™s level of emotional intelligence was not related to her age, level of education, body size, menopausal status or whether she had experienced physical or sexual abuse.
It was associated with a higher frequency of orgasm. Women with the lowest 25% of emotional intelligence scores were around twice as likely to achieve orgasm infrequently when compared with women whose scores were in the top 25% of scores
The study was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sexual Medicine. However, the study did not use IQ, which is the standard measure of intelligence.
It looked at emotional intelligence, which is the ability to identify and manage emotions in yourself and others. The researchers conclude that low emotional intelligence was a risk factor for infrequently achieving orgasm.
They suggest that this risk factor needs to be taken into consideration in future research into treatments for female orgasmic disorder.