Here at Men’s Health, we talk a lot about sexy sensations from the penis owner’s perspective: what penile and prostate orgasms feel like; what a blowjob feels like; what being on the receiving end of anal sex feels like. But have you ever wondered what sex feels like for people with a vagina?
People on Reddit sure have. A quick search on the online platform yields a long list of threads where women have attempted to explain the sensation of P-in-V sex. The fact of the matter is, every vagina is unique, and people experience penetration in very different ways. Some of the women described pressure and warmth; others mentioned stretching and discomfort. The takeaway here is to never assume your partner enjoys repeated thrusting (in fact, there’s a very good chance they hate it). The majority of women need clitoral stimulation in order to climax.
Here’s how 15 women on Reddit described the feeling of sex, from the perspective of a person with a vagina.
“It’s a feeling of fullness and pressure.”
“Um, amazing. It’s a feeling of fullness and pressure. We got it lucky, cause there’s even the afterwards feeling of strolling around feeling like you’ve been fucked.. which is another good feeling, and I’m not talking about the post-orgasm fairyland stuff. You feel empty in a good way. Woaah, I just found out that it’s very hard to describe the feeling of being screwed.” —zofo
“Warm, tingling, sharp, shivery, hot.”
“Hmm, well it really depends what kind of sex you’re having but really it feels all sorts of the following: warm, tingling, sharp, shivery, hot, waves of temperature, slowly building from toes to head orgasm or slap you in the face surprise orgasm, soft, wet, hard, sweaty, full, twisting, grinding, sensual…
“Now, if you’re asking what actual penis-entering-vagina actually feels like… hard to explain, but when my husband’s penis actually enters me it’s like pop! Like if you make a popping noise with your finger in your mouth but backwards. I’m not sure if that makes sense. For me, the vagina isn’t a void so when a penis goes from rubbing against my labia to actually entering it’s just pop!, sigh and then the real fun begins.
“Seriously, this is hard to describe. It’s just all sorts of awesome, I guess.” —bananasantos
“Soooo incredibly good.”
“It feels soooo incredibly good, your whole body gets hot and waves of pleasure wash over you. It is amazing.” —rainbownerdsgirl
“I feel filled up and wonderful, like I’m warm all over.”
“If I’m with a guy who isn’t too big or too small then it feels so perfectly right, like this man’s dick was made to be inside me. I feel filled up and wonderful, like I’m warm all over. It just feels right.
“Big dicks kinda feel like they’re stretching me open more, it’s nice in a different way. It’s not going to fit perfectly inside but it’s going to make me feel overly-filled with sensation.
“Smaller dicks are nice because I feel them even if I’m not completely filled up and they don’t stretch me as much so it’s more intimate and I can feel it inside me much more thoroughly than with bigger ones. Like, I can feel where it’s at, what it’s doing at any given time rather than ‘Oh hmm there’s a dick in me.'” —badwolfgoddess
“Warm and wet and a little squishy.”
“There’s this really intense warmth. Literally, as in temperature warmth.
“It’s a kind of hard question to answer physically, it’s like asking what it feels like to kiss someone. It’s warm and wet and a little squishy but it’s so much more than that, just like a kiss, that you can’t really out into words.” —TooManyMeds
“A Q-tip after a shower, times 10.” —HollyHollyHey
“A dizzy tornado of sensations.”
“It feels like a dizzy tornado of sensations and feelings that consume you. You can’t think of anything else. Pleasure builds and once it hits you it keeps coming in waves.” —romancetheriot
“Every woman is different.”
“I have no idea how to describe this. It can be painful, it can be uncomfortable, and it can be amazing. Every woman is different.” —noodIes_
“Wrap your mouth … around two of your fingers.”
“Wrap your mouth gently but somewhat tightly around two of your fingers. Slide the fingers in and out. Now, pay attention to how that feels to your mouth, but imagine that your mouth is not only warm and wet but also filled with high-pleasure nerve endings. And that’s still probably not even close. It’s amazing.” —winterwoods
“Deep pressure and a pleasurable electrical jolt.”
“Deep pressure and a pleasurable electrical jolt. If the guy is long enough to hit deep anatomy there’s also another sensation, like a sparkling glittering radiation feeling…” —Unteryn
“Getting edged with just the tip feels nice.”
“Well… rapid long strokes near or hitting the cervix honestly hits the spot. That’s when it starts to feel even better than not being filled up. That’s also when there’s pain (slightly hitting the cervix) and pleasure (nerves and feeling wanted [mental]).
“Getting edged with just the tip feels nice with a vibrator because of the anticipation as well. This is one of the easiest ways to orgasm too.” —bonafidelatina
“I feel stretched and filled.”
“I feel stretched and filled. When I get horny, I feel sort of an aching desire to be filled up, and I desperately want pressure on the inside. I like to be teased so by the time my partner enters me I’m usually pretty far gone. That first thrust all the way in is probably the most amazing. I actually like it so much that sometimes he will pull out completely and make me beg for it again. The thrusting is like applying pressure again and again exactly where I really want it, so every thrust feels…. like relief? As he pulls out I feel myself gripping to pull him back in.
“For me there is also an intense emotional component, at least with my current SO. I feel really close to him emotionally, and we tend to do it in missionary a lot of the time because we like to kiss during, which is possibly the most awesome thing ever. I can literally feel myself getting warmer and wetter and more turned on when his tongue brushes mine. He whispers ‘I love you’ while thrusting in and it’s like….. so many happy hormones flooding my brain.” —dallasdarling
“A wave of full body tingles.”
“For me, it feels like a wave of full body tingles, gradually increasing in intensity. Then the wave crashes and recedes, then builds up again.” —Discodawn
“A little bit like eating when you are very hungry.”
“It’s a very intimate feeling of connection. It’s like the closest you can possibly get to another person. I especially feel that the deeper it goes. Also, during foreplay, I feel like our bodies are in a disordered tangle, but during sex, it feels like everything fits properly finally. It’s also a little bit like eating when you are very hungry. A feeling of physical satisfaction.” —JessicaB224
“A good, sexy kind of pain.”
“The first time the head goes inside, it’s really intense and kind of painful. But it’s a good, sexy kind of pain. It feels like every nerve is just on fire, concentrated in that one spot. But then as he starts thrusting, the pain subsides and the heat spreads throughout my whole lower body.” —euphony618
Jordyn Taylor is the Deputy Editor of Content at Men’s Health.
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