Do you want more intense, explosive orgasms? I mean, don’t we all? Well, look no further. You don’t need a bunch of fancy moves to make incredible orgasms happen. While every single body is different, most people will love this little trick we have for you.
Edging is a simple sexual technique that can be used to increase overall sexual satisfaction. You stimulate yourself or your partner to the point of almost-orgasm. Stop. Take a beat. And then start all over again. “Edging is actively prolonging the time before orgasm by noticing when you are getting close to the point of no return and pulling back,” explains Kenneth Play, a sex-hacker and international sex expert. “You can either dial down your arousal much lower at this point and build it back up, or try to stay near the ‘edge’ of orgasm for a long time without actually [coming.]”
Here’s what you should know about edging, why it’s so awesome, and how you can bring it into the bedroom.
How does edging work?
I’m guessing you probably read the intro and the brief explainer on what edging is and are wondering how exactly this all of this works. Stimulating someone to the point of almost-orgasm? How can you even do that?
You need to communicate and trust yourself and your partner. “The idea is to get as close to climax as possible without having a release. This ebb and flow of pleasure can be repeated until the person is ready to orgasm,” explains Charyn Pfeuffer, sex writer and author of 101 Ways to Rock Online Dating. “When edging is done by a partner who decides when the recipient may come, it’s known as orgasm control.”
Basically, for female-bodied people, you use your hand or a sex toy (the Womanizer Liberty is perfect for this) to stimulate the clitoris. When you feel like you’re getting close to orgasm, stop what you’re doing. It won’t be easy, but it is worth it.
“Eventually, with edging, you do finally allow yourself that release and it feels stronger and more powerful than your traditional orgasms,” says Zachary Zane, sex and relationship columnist at Men’s Health.
The benefits of edging.
The biggest benefit of this technique is the intensity of orgasm that you’ll experience when you finally get to that point. This is clearly the most obvious plus. However, orgasm is not the end of the yellow brick road, pals. Edging can do all sorts of wonders for your sexual experiences.
Edging is not just about orgasms. It’s also about trust and power dynamics. It can give you pleasure, but it can also bring you closer to a partner and help you get to know your own body’s threshold for different kinds of stimulation.
As Play says, you can “expand the time when we are having the highest amount of pleasure. To turn an involuntary space into a more voluntary space. To increase the intensity of the orgasm at the end. To engage in mindfulness and awareness of your own body and nervous system, so that you can gain control over your arousal levels. Once you gain this kind of awareness and control you can expand this to other aspects of sex, and it can be really beneficial for you and your lover.”
Edging can also be used to help with all kinds of issues one might be having around climax, ranging from trouble orgasming to premature ejaculation. “When you practice edging, you learn what things make you more likely to orgasm and how to control orgasming too quickly,” Pfeuffer says. “This tends to be more useful for men, who have a refractory period and need to stop penile penetration after ejaculation.”
How to get started
If you’re a bit intimidated, don’t be. This may sound kind of severe, but it’s really quite straightforward once you get the hang of it. Like all things in life, sexual or otherwise, this will take some practice. Nothing we try the first time goes perfectly and that’s just the way it is.
Start with a conversation with your partner – or if you’re on your own, take a minute to connect with yourself. This technique takes commitment by all involved – everyone will need to be enthusiastically on board to give it whirl.
Play says that you should begin by using relaxation techniques in order to calm down your nervous system. This will help you maintain awareness over your body and be more conscious of when you’re getting close to orgasm. “First, you need to develop more focus and awareness of sensations of pleasure, and to notice when you are tense or relaxed during sex. So start by focusing on the pleasure in specific, while trying to relax as much as you can in any muscles that you aren’t actively using,” he says.
“Really, all you need to do is bring yourself to the brink of orgasm– but not TOO close that you do accidentally end up orgasming. You don’t want to reach what’s commonly referred to as ‘the point of no return.’ At that point, stop touching yourself. Take deep belly (diaphragmatic) breaths for at least 30 seconds, and then start up masturbating again. Go ahead and repeat that process as many times as you want,” Pfeuffer explains.
Once you feel comfortable with your edging, you can get creative with it. “Whether you are a man or woman, you can use the space to create a new experience of orgasm,” Play says. “You can stimulate a new area on the body along with the area you were originally stimulating. Or, you can switch to a new erogenous area, to try to have a new type of orgasm altogether.”
Gigi Engle is a Womanizer sexpert, certified sexologist, and author of All The F*cking Mistakes: a guide to sex, love, and life. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @GigiEngle.
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