Unlike men who need to orgasm in order to release sperm and in turn jumpstart the process of reproduction, the female orgasm serves no grander purpose besides creating pleasure. But is that it? Scientists believe they have finally cracked open the mystery behind the existence of orgasms in females.

Mihaela Pavličev and Günter Wagner, in their recent research, discovered an evolutionary link towards an orgasm. They believe that the hormonal release related with the orgasm was involved in reproduction, specifically in sending signals to produce eggs. This is how ovulation takes place in cats and in rabbits, a process that occurs spontaneously in humans and in primates.

If ovulation in females is induced without any signal requirement, then what again is the purpose of the orgasm? According to Pavličev: “There is a lot of discussion about whether it could have any functions like in bonding behavior and things like that – so we cannot exclude that it actually has co-opted some other function after it lost its function in reproduction.”

To further back their theory, they expanded upon the location of clitoris in various species. For those that require the hormone to initiate ovulation, the clitoris is present near the sex canal. For others, such as humans, the clitoris is present farther away. This indicates that at one time the purpose of the orgasm, backed by the positioning of the clitoris, was linked with initiating reproduction in mammals. And while the scientists were able to form a link between the hormonal releases to the reproduction process, the orgasm, now unencumbered from being with reproduction, is still functionless. Many women can have sex their entire life without achieving an orgasm. Then why does it exist, men ask?

To answer those who still question its purpose, JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter series, perfectly sums it up:

Why do women have an orgasm? Well, why the hell not!