Sexual Health Q&A

Do women have wet dreams?

Yes, some do.

We often associate the term “wet dream” (nocturnal emission) with adolescent boys, who often ejaculate during sleep after having a sexual dream. This is a normal part of growing up. Adult men may have wet dreams as well.

For women, the experience is less “wet” but still intense. The sexual dreams may lead to vaginal lubrication and orgasms (often called nocturnal orgasms). They can happen during adolescence and throughout adulthood.

Unfortunately, women’s orgasms during sleep have not been widely studied.

In 1953, sex researcher Alfred Kinsey estimated that about 70% of women had had sexual dreams at some point in their lives. By age 45, 37% of the women in his study group had had a sexual dream that brought them to orgasm. The women who had nocturnal orgasms tended to have them about three or four times a year.

A 1986 study in The Journal of Sex Research found that most women who had nocturnal orgasms had their first one before the age of 21.

Reaching orgasm during sleep is more common among males than females. But women should not worry if they have nocturnal orgasms or not. If they occur, that’s normal. If they don’t happen, that’s normal, too.

Still, women who are concerned about nocturnal orgasms should speak to their doctor.