Q&A: Why Are Some Women Loud During Sex?

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QUESTION: I was wondering if there has been any research done on why some women are loud during sex and why some women aren't? If so, what did the research say? Is there any logical, biological, cerebral, or other reason why this might be a turn-on or turn-off?

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Some women likely feel turned on by making noises. Some likely started out making them to mimic what they saw in porn or in Hollywood movies.

There has been very, very little research on sounds that women (or men) make during sex.

A recent research article suggested that one reason some women make noises during sex may be to enhance their partner’s arousal and thus encourage their partner to experience orgasm and, in the case of men, ejaculate and thus end intercourse.

However, other research suggests that, at least for some women, noises are involuntarily emitted – meaning they just sort of come out.

Some women likely feel turned on by making noises. Some likely started out making them to mimic what they saw in porn or in Hollywood movies; maybe they ended up liking it or feeling like it’s now a normal part of sex for them. And certainly some women use noises to fake orgasm.

Bottom line: there are probably numerous reasons why women make noises during sex. There are also likely myriad reasons why some women are quiet (e.g., shame, embarrassment, kids down the hall, nosy neighbors, modesty, just never thought about making sounds, etc).

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Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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