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Have you ever heard of erogenous zones?
I bet that many of you already know where your favorite hot spots are located. The clitoris, vulva, vagina, and anus should definitely ring a bell. But what if I told you that there are many different nongenital erogenous zones that you can use to enhance your orgasm?
If you want to explore the rest of your body to maximize your sexual pleasure then this is the blog post for you.
While masturbating, have you ever felt the primal urge to caress your other sensitive zones? If you have ever reached up to squeeze your nipple, massage your breasts. or even lick your lips then you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven't, that's ok because I’m here to talk about the locations of your many nerve-rich hubs that are scattered throughout your entire body and teach you how to access them.
What Is An Erogenous Zone?
An erogenous zone is an area of the body that can arouse sexual feelings when touched. For more information on your primary erogenous zones check out our article titled: All The Ways You Can Cum: Different Types Of Orgasms And How To Achieve Them.
This piece will be exploring the various nongenital pleasure areas of the female anatomy. Despite not being directly linked to the clitoris, these areas are paramount for harnessing your full orgasmic potential.
Pleasure begins in the mind and the mind is directly connected to pretty much any place that gives you tingles when you touch it. There is a powerful positive feedback loop that happens whenever these delicate zones are given proper attention.
According to a study conducted for the Human Andrology Journal, “Women have a greater variety of erogenous zones on the body compared to men.”
But it was not only a handful of lucky research subjects who happened to have them. A whopping 95.3% of women were found to have extragenital erogenous zones, making it super common.
“In a descending order, the most powerful erogenous zones were breasts, lips, neck, ears, and buttocks. The best method for stimulation differed according to the area – for example, the best method for the lips was oral stimulation, whereas the best method for the breasts and nipples was both manual and oral stimulation. Orgasm due to the stimulation of extragenital areas was reported by 12% of participants.”
Nipples & Breasts
Ah, the boobs. They are like warm soft lumps that seem to exist only for our pleasure. But the truth is your breasts hang out on your torso to nourish a potential baby if you ever feel the need to have one, which is pretty badass in itself!
But onto how to pleasure your breasts. Nipple stimulation is the golden standard. It turns out that each nipple contains hundreds of nerve endings, making them very responsive to erotic touch and sensual massage. When you gently squeeze or rub your nipples, the genital sensory cortex is directly activated. It is the same area of the brain that is triggered during clitoral stimulation or vaginal sex.
Excite your areola by stroking them with a light touch. If you want to get creative and use a feather, go for it. If you have a partner, they can use their lips to gently suck or kiss them. You can also play with temperature by running an ice cube over your nipples or by having a partner do it.
Or if you prefer to mix pleasure with pain then nipple clamps could be your go-to. Just make sure to take at least 5 minutes to warm them up properly in order to avoid hurting the soft spongy tissue. Do not leave on nipple clamps for more than a half-hour.
Lips & Mouth
The lips are considered to be the most exposed nongenital erogenous zone. Your lips contain over 1 million nerve endings so it makes sense why kissing turns us on. In addition to feeling really good, kissing has been proved to improve mental and physical health.
If you have an oral fixation then the lips, tongue, and mouth will probably be your favorite sex accessory. The lips can be gently traced by your partner’s finger, or better yet traced by a partner’s mouth. Kissing is considered an art form because there are so many ways to do it and because of that, different sensations can be achieved.
Soft kisses on the lips are a classic way to warm up and get a feel for your partner’s kissing style. This also gives them time to get to know yours. If you are feeling playful you can even experiment with – now hear me out on this – biting their lower lip in a super gentle way. A nice tug on the lips tends to drive some folks wild.
On that note, many people also swear by tongue kissing. The key is to be passionate while keeping in control of the amount of wetness. It is safe to say that it is pretty much never okay to forcibly jam your tongue down someone’s throat, so use your own judgment when it comes to this erogenous location. Read your partner for cues and no, you won’t need to “spell out the alphabet” in their mouth.
Nape & Back of the Neck
The skin around the nape of the neck is slightly thinner, so even a barely-there touch can set off sparks. Get those oh-so-pleasurable chills up and down your spine by having a partner caress the nape of your neck during foreplay and sex. You can try this with them too by delicately running your fingernails to trace the back of their neck. You can even slowly kiss the sides of the neck. Try it and you will see what I mean.
Ears are not just for hearing. They happen to contain many sensory receptors which explains why even a sultry whisper in the ear may have you wet and bothered! Have a partner whisper some dirty talk into your ear and whisper back to them what you want to do to them.
The ears can definitely be touched too. You can rub the earlobes and give them some soft kisses or even nibble. Just be gentle.
Buttocks look completely gorgeous. And I feel like there is a primordial reason for that, specifically because the butt is a major erogenous zone.
The butt is a fascinating area because it is less sensitive than the breasts due to it being comprised of fat and strong muscle, so therefore it can handle more intense manual stimulation. What I’m trying to hint at is that the butt cheeks can take more pain, so don’t be afraid of experimenting with cupping, kneading, gripping, and yes, spanking.
But why does it feel good to be touched on the butt cheeks in the first place? During vaginal sex muscle movements cause the deep clitoral roots and pelvic floor muscles to contract and excite. These movements also target the butt region so in a way everything is interconnected.
Additional Erogenous Zones
This is not an exhaustive list of erogenous zones but some other common ones are:
- Pubic mound (mons pubis)
- Inner thighs/crease of the thigh
- Bottom of the feet and toes
- Navel and lower stomach
- Small of the back (sacrum)
- Inner arms and armpits
- Inner wrist
- The palm of hands and fingertips
- Behind the knee
Think of erogenous zones like the appetizers at a superb French restaurant. Would you voluntarily skip hors d'oeuvres, entree, and plat principal and move right on to dessert?
Variety is half the fun of the experience. Relishing the moment and staying present is a virtue when it comes to sexual satisfaction. Paying attention to your erogenous zones will help aid you in your quest for erotic pleasure.