Like snowflakes, no two orgasms are alike. Personal stories shared by those with ASD and those without ASD reveal that every orgasm will vary in intensity, length, and target of stimulation. How the orgasms are experienced is more difficult to compare because of the difficulty of describing it in verbatim.
So, is the orgasm experience for an individual with autism more intense, not as intense, or the same? We have no real way of telling. Only speculation, wild guessing, and personal accounts can support and contribute to the debate. Even when personal experiences are shared, an individual with ASD can only share what it’s like for an individual with ASD, and an individual without ASD can only share what an orgasm is like for an individual without ASD. Although research continues to be done on the human orgasmic experience in and of itself, an official study has yet to be conducted to support the possible unique factors in orgasms experienced by an autistic individual. Considering there are so many other things related to autism on the list waiting to be funded and approved for research, it may be a while before that even gets “touched” on. For now, we can continue to speculate, while building our knowledge with what scientific research has claimed about orgasms in general, summarized in entertaining speeches like the one delivered by Mary Roach at a 2009 TED conference:
Video sources: TED.com
A version of this article was published in The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism