Can He Tell if You're Faking an Orgasm?

Can a man really tell the difference between the Big O and the big zero? We had four women fake climax three times over the course of two weeks, then asked their men to guess which orgasms were real. How would your guy score?

Jennifer, 30 archivist
Kevin, 31 research associate
Married three years
Kevin guessed correctly 4 out of 6 times

Jennifer: Kevin and I viewed this experiment as an opportunity to pack as much sex into two weeks as possible. Too bad we were so busy! Our libidos were so supercharged that we nearly got off just by making sexy faces at each other over free weights at the gym.

It's a credit to Kevin that I almost forgot to fake it. One Sunday afternoon, I came home from a two-hour road trip with a friend. When I walked through the door, it was like a scene from Animal Planet -- Kevin and I went at it like bunnies.

Clothes were flying off as we rolled around in bed. Once the frenetic foreplay slowed into incredibly satisfying sex, there was no need to pretend.

I had better control next time. I attacked him on our couch and started nibbling him through his clothes. Things progressed, but it never quite clicked for me. Having never faked it before, I was nervous, but I tried to imitate my usual style: I made some drawn-out moans, took a few ragged breaths, and yanked urgently on Kevin's shoulders right as I was "climaxing." I thought I was brilliant, but I don't think he bought it. His face fell slightly after my last deep breath. During the two weeks, Kevin would get a puzzled look on his face whenever we finished, like he was desperately trying to decide whether I was for real that time. I thought he'd be better at telling the natural orgasms from the impostors. We have been married for three years!

Kevin: I'm lucky to be with a woman who's honest enough to tell me when something isn't working for her. Unfortunately, during this game, I was clueless!

One night, we were relaxing in bed after a tiring weekend with family. Jennifer was lying on her tummy reading, and I playfully climbed on top of her. She rolled over to kiss me, and soon we were making love. I thought she might have been faking when she started thrashing around, making noises that don't exist in nature. But then I figured she probably didn't have the energy to fake it. So I marked that one down as real. Oops -- I was wrong.

I got it right sometimes, though, like the day Jennifer looked away from me during her "moment of truth." It was as if staring into my eyes would cause her to crack. Busted!

In the end, I decided not to let it stress me out. Most men are never 100 percent sure if their partners are having orgasms. Instead of "Is she faking?" the question should be, "Why would she want to?"

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