15 People Describe Their First Orgasm — & Wow

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An orgasm can be quite a shock to the system, particularly if you didn't know your body was capable of having one. At first, orgasms can be surprising, accidental, or even scary (or a combination of those feelings). In most cases, though, orgasms are fun and leave people wanting more.
Plus, everyone has orgasms at a different point in life. Some people had an unforgettable run-in with a hot tub jet as a kid, while others had a teenage curiosity that involved stumbling upon internet porn. Many learn to orgasm through masturbation, and some go their whole sex life without orgasming at all.
Given that there's such a smattering of orgasm experiences (and the fact that there's no "right" way to figure it out), we found 15 real first orgasm stories from people in the R29 community and some honest Redditors. Together, these anecdotes make for quite the coming of age story, if you know what we mean.