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It seems that men are drawing the short straw when it comes to orgasm length, with a new survey finding out that women in Britain enjoy a longer O than their male partners. The Sun reports that women's orgasms are 20 per cent longer than men's, which isn't too shabby.

The survey, carried out by Lovehoney, found that women experience, on average, 10.9 seconds of orgasm, compared to men who enjoy theirs for just 8.7 seconds. However, around 41 per cent of women say their orgasms last for 11 seconds or more - something just 26 per cent of men can also say.

These findings come just in time for National Orgasm Day (July 31st), which gives you the perfect excuse to put the results to the test.

But it isn't just the length of orgasms that women can enjoy, as another survey found that around seven in ten British women get to experience multiple orgasms. Some of these (two per cent) can have up to 20 orgasms in a single night while eight per cent said they can have more than ten orgasms during a particularly steamy session.

The survey, performed by Dr David Delvin and Dr Christine Webber included 1,250 women aged between 20 and 24. It revealed that British women often have two orgasms each time they have sex with someone, making it a fairly common occurrence.

However, while most of the survey respondents have between one and four orgasms, most women cannot achieve this through penetration alone. Some four out of five women also need clitoral stimulation to achieve even one orgasm.

Dr Webber said: "We knew that very large numbers of women have problems and anxieties about the subject of orgasm. Many men and women, including, alas, some doctors, still believe the myth that for all woman, being penetrated by a penis which goes in and out should be enough to make them orgasm.

"This view is often encouraged by the way sex is depicted in popular culture, including pornography, romantic fiction, and film or TV in general. As a result, a lot of women think that there is something wrong with them if they do not orgasm during intercourse."

Talking about sex with your partner and the best ways to help you both achieve orgasm is definitely the best option to ensure you both enjoy your sex sessions - and what better day to do this on that National Orgasm Day?