20 Women Share What Their Orgasms Sound Like

Photographed by Natalia Mantini.
Raise your hand if you've ever had a partner roll over post-sex and ask, "Did you come?" It's a complicated question, mainly because orgasms aren't always obvious. But that question also tends to come up because people expect orgasms to sound a certain way. Whether they're depicted in movies, porn, or even in erotic literature, orgasms seem to be defined by loud moans, heavy breathing, and a declaration of "I'm coming!" right before the finish line.
If only it were that simple.
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Just like everyone's orgasms don't feel the same, not everyone's orgasms sound alike. To prove this, we asked a handful of women to describe what they sound like when they come. Some are loud, others are quiet. Some scream while others pant. Then there are those who have a variety of experiences, depending on the type of sex they're having. The one thing everyone seems to have in common? Understanding neighbors.
Ahead, 20 women describe exactly what they sound like when they climax.
1 of 20

If I'm drunk, I turn into a porn star.

"I'm pretty quiet during sex, and then the orgasms usually elicit some louder moans. If I'm drunk, though, I turn into a porn star."
2 of 20

The finale comes with giggles.

"I start laughing! The finale comes with giggles and a loud, 'Oh my god!'"
3 of 20

I kinda tense up so much that it’s like my vocal cords cut off.

"I’m pretty loud all through sex, but surprisingly quiet when it comes to the actual orgasm. I kinda tense up so much that it’s like my vocal cords cut off, and once I start to come back down to earth, there are some pretty intense moans and heavy breathing."
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4 of 20

I’m very vocal for most of sex.

"I’m very vocal for most of sex — except when I climax."
5 of 20

I will audibly say, 'I’m coming,' because my body doesn’t necessarily give any sign that I’m orgasming.

"There’s a lot of gasping and 'Oh my god!'-ing in the moments leading up. If I’m with someone who doesn’t know my body, I will audibly say, 'I’m coming,' because my body doesn’t necessarily give any sign that I’m orgasming."
6 of 20

It just seems performative to vocalize more.

"I start breathing more heavily. I wouldn’t exactly call the sounds moaning, but you could say they’re relatively quiet moans. I just feel weird being too loud about it. It just seems performative to vocalize more."
7 of 20

One long, loud moan.

"There’s a lot of heavy breathing and then one long, loud moan."
8 of 20

It's an odd hybrid.

"An odd hybrid of high humming, whimpering, and sighing."
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9 of 20

I get all high-pitched and screechy.

"I’m pretty quiet up until the big moment, and then I get all high-pitched and screechy."
10 of 20

I’m pretty much a screamer.

"I’m pretty much a screamer. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the neighbors have heard me."
11 of 20

I’m sure I sound more like a worn-down puppy than a hot, sexy woman.

"I’ve always wanted to moan or scream in a natural way, but I pant and gasp. I’m sure I sound more like a worn-down puppy than a hot, sexy woman. I’d try to add moaning, but it doesn’t come naturally, and can feel so awkward that it takes me out of sex. I’m a hypocrite, because I love a vocal man."
12 of 20

Sounds aren’t everything.

"I’m much more of a breather than a moaner or a screamer. I do tremble and make uncontrollable facial expressions. Sounds aren’t everything — loud noises have never come naturally to me."
13 of 20

My fiancé is used to putting a pillow over my face.

"I’m a screamer, for sure. My fiancé is used to putting a pillow over my face or shoving my face into the bed during sex in hotels so we don’t bug the neighbors as much."
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14 of 20

...And then I let lose and moan.

"For me, I inhale, hold my breath, and then I’m quiet for a couple of second when it starts. Then I let lose and moan."
15 of 20

I can be both loud or quiet.

"I can be both loud or quiet. It just depends. I’m usually either a loud screamer or a soft moaner."
16 of 20

I'm quiet when I'm alone...

"I’m quiet when I’m alone, but during sex with my partner I’m pretty loud."
17 of 20

[There are] usually a few drawn-out 'fucks' thrown in.

"I’m a moaner, usually with a few drawn-out 'fucks' thrown in."
18 of 20

I squeal, scream, and moan.

"I’m a screamer. It’s more like a gasp, and then I hold my breath, and then I squeal, scream, and moan."
19 of 20

I’m a moaner or a grunter if it’s feeling particularly primal.

"I’m loud during sex in general, unless I have to be quiet. I’m a moaner or a grunter if it’s feeling particularly primal. I don’t scream as much, but I do seem to always announce when I’m coming. I tend to scream 'fuck yes' a lot, too."
20 of 20

I almost feel like my larynx closes when I come.

"Honestly, I almost feel like my larynx closes when I come, and I can’t make noise. But when I’m with a partner, I try to moan so they know."
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