Models wait to take photos with customers during the opening day of the annual Sexpo in Sydney July 24, 2008.
Models wait to take photos with customers during the opening day of the annual Sexpo in Sydney July 24, 2008. Reuters/Daniel Munoz

Happy International Day of the Female Orgasm! The Brazilian holiday known as the Día Internacional del Orgasmo Femenino honors a woman’s right to experience pleasure, but women from all over the world can appreciate and look forward to the annual celebration. Check out our list of the top five things you need to know about International Day of the Female Orgasm below.

1. It’s a law: International Day of the Female Orgasm is more than just a holiday that allows a woman to get her big release, it’s an actual law. According to, Brazilian councilman Arimateio Dantas passed the law – which is celebrated every year on Aug. 8 – not just to ensure that wives were being properly pleased by their husbands, but also to raise awareness about female sexuality and the female body.

2. Women have a harder time achieving an orgasm: According to a Planned Parenthood study, more than 30 percent of women actually miss their chance to climax during sex, Women’s Day reported. That means about one in every three women are not having orgasms during sex. In fact, over 80 percent of women struggle to orgasm from vaginal intercourse alone.

3. A woman’s inability to orgasm isn’t always her partner’s fault: Although bedroom moves are very important for a woman’s chances of having a successful orgasm, a large part of a woman’s ability to climax is her mental wellbeing. Confidence, self-esteem and concentration are all aspects that should be taken into consideration to promote female orgasms. If her mind isn’t necessarily in the game, then the chances of a partner being able to completely get a girl’s rocks off unfortunately become a whole lot slimmer.

4. Female sexual dysfunction is a real thing: Although erectile dysfunction – a man’s inability to develop or maintain an erection during sex – is discussed more commonly, women can also suffer from a similar ailment, Female sexual dysfunction or FSD, which is a woman’s inability to orgasm. Roughly 43 percent of women suffer from FSD, some of which require the help of topical testosterone therapy or oral medication.

5. Orgasms can happen without genital stimulation: For some women, orgasms don’t just have to necessarily come with sex. Some women are able to experience orgasms completely spontaneously doing day-to-day activities. Planned Parenthood nurse practitioner Lisa Stern has said that women are sometimes able to have an orgasm from “increased blood flow to the genitals and vibration of or contact with the clitoris” or from “increased blood flow and the general relaxation of a massage.”