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Erogenous Zones

From the beginning! The term “erogenous zone” applies to people of all genders and simply refers to the parts of the body that experience heightened sensitivity and/or signal sexual arousal of some kind. These zones are found all over the body, and are far more complex and intricate than just the genitals. Ever wondered why it feels so good to have others play with your hair? Erogenous zone. Shoulder rubs? Erogenous zone. Temple massage? Erogenous zone. All roads lead to the zones.


Everything You Need To Know

While certain bits of anatomy (ahem, genitalia) are well-known as sites of sexual pleasure, getting turned on doesn’t have to be limited to below the belt. Other areas of the human body have a high concentration of nerve endings, so they’re particularly sensitive to touch, pressure, or vibration. These so-called “erogenous zones” can contribute to sexual arousal—think of them as the road map to a happy ending

According to Monica Geller of Friends, there are seven erogenous zones on a woman’s body, but the exact list (for any gender) remains up to speculation. Still, while everyone is a little different when it comes to getting turned on, people generally agree about which erogenous zones are most pleasurable.

The human body’s erogenous zones might seem like a topic worthy of a Cosmo article, but this information matters for several reasons. Knowing these “hot spots” is a plus for both your partner and yourself—who would say no to a boost in sexual satisfaction? Identifying different erogenous zones also may improve sexual health; some research suggests that stimulating different spots may produce different reactions in the body. For example, touching the vagina appears to set off the release of the feel-good hormone prolactin, while the cervix may be involved in controlling muscle tension during sex. Understanding erogenous zones is also important to make sure that people undergoing gender reassignment surgery or breast augmentation don’t lose significant sexual function.

All this being said, more research is needed to determine the precise effects of stimulating different areas of the body. In the meantime, might we suggest a little personal experimentation?


There Are Actually So Many More To Explore!

Including (but oh, so not limited to) her Ears, her Inner Thighs, her Pubic Mound, her Arm Pits, her Hands, her Feet, and her A-Spot, or anterior fornix erogenous zone (AFE): Also known as the “second G-spot,” this sensitive area is also located on the front wall of the vagina, but it’s deeper inside than the G-spot, and isn’t as spongy or rippled. It might be harder to reach using your fingers alone.

Just to name a few!

1. Clitoris

The clitoris is extremely sensitive. For most people who have one, the clit is pretty freakin’ important for a journey to O-town. But it’s not just a tiny button of pleasure. The clitoris is actually shaped like a wishbone. The part you can see outside the body is “just the tip.” Internal parts of the clitoris extend down to encircle the vaginal canal and reach toward the anus. You can certainly stimulate the clit externally, but you can also go for a little indirect rub-a-dub from inside or even some butt play.

2. Vagina

Now this one is a no-brainer, right? No. Most men go crazy on the vajayjay. Trust us, dear men, your lovely queen probably doesn’t like you just pushing your way in. Take some time, and play around. Be creative but keep it gentle. It’s the most erogenous area, but it’s a little fragile as well. Treat it as the flower that it is. The interior of the vagina contain nerve endings, and women report that deep stimulation leads to more intense orgasms. The outer edge of the vagina, on the other hand, tends to respond to light touch.

3. Cervix

The cervix, located at the lower end of the uterus, has its own feel-good nerve pathways. In fact, some research suggests that the vagina, clitoris, and cervix all respond separately and distinctly to sexual stimuli. Nerves in the cervix respond most to pressure stimulation, but light touch has been shown to elicit a response as well.

4. Mouth and Lips

A recent survey found kissing to be more important in relationship-building than in sexual arousal. But another study suggests that many women rank the lips and mouth highly as erogenous areas. Who says it can’t be both?

5. Neck

According to a large international survey of women, both the nape and back of the neck are among the top 10 erogenous zones. One study found that the neck is very sensitive to light touch, especially (oddly enough) among people with low body fat. Another study found that women with spinal cord injury can get pretty turned on by neck stimulation alone

6. Breasts and Nipples

While both men and women may like to look at breasts (for evolutionary purposes, apparently), they’re not just for show—they play a role in sexual arousal as well. Turns out nipple stimulation sets fireworks off in the same region of the brain that processes sensations from the clitoris and vagina. Just as with the clitoris, pressure and vibration are generally the way to go.

7. The G-Spot

Theoretically, the G-spot is a patch of flesh about the size of a 10 pence piece, located around 2-3 inches up inside the vagina on the front of the vaginal wall (the part closest to the stomach). Some women report that the tissue here feels different to the surrounding area – a little thicker, ridged, or slightly rougher to the touch – and that it plumps up when rubbed or when they’re aroused. The location of the G Spot is the same for all women. To find your G Spot with your fingers, just slide your palm down your stomach, with your palm touching your stomach, all the way down to your vagina. Then enter your vagina with 1 or 2 fingers and curl those fingers backward once they are 2-3 inches deep inside you. You should now be able to feel your G Spot on your fingertips.


There Are Actually So Many More To Explore!

Including (but never stop exploring) the back of his knees, his lower abdomen, his anus, his scalp, his ears, his hands, and his G-Spot. Yes, men have a G-Spot like women , some even call it the P-Spot, as in prostate. It is a gland inside his body located behind the testicles that can make his orgasm much more powerful when stimulated.

Just to name a few!

1. Penis

While this one’s pretty obvious, it’s worth noting that both survey and lab-based scientific experiments demonstrate that penile stimulation significantly contributes to sexual satisfaction. And while this can be a sensitive subject, circumcision doesn’t appear to decrease sensation or sexual satisfaction.

2. Mouth and Lips

Highly sensitive, male lips respond to light touch, temperature, or pressure. Kissing also triggers a release of hormones involved in intimacy—especially oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone.” Pucker up!

3. Scrotum

Ranked No. 3 (behind penis and lips) in ability to produce sexual arousal, the scrotum is one of men’s most notable erogenous zones. Lots of nerves mean that this area is super-sensitive to touch. However there’s no research to back up what sort of touch works best, so you might have to resort to a hunt and peck experiment. Don’t worry, his moan level will give you all the hints you need.

4. Neck

While touching the neck doesn’t appear to be quite as much of a turn-on for men as for women, it’s still ranked pretty highly on the erogenous zones list. The neck has great sensitivity to low-frequency vibration, making it a prime spot for light erotic touch.

5. Nipples

As with women, men rank nipples as a definite hot spot. While male nipples don’t appear to serve any real purpose (they’re basically by-products of evolution), that doesn’t mean they’re totally useless—they still have plenty of nerve endings!

6. Perineum

The perineum (the area between the anus and scrotum) is hooked up to perineal nerves, which help convey sensations of sexual pleasure from the genitals to the brain. In other words, if you’re not familiar with this area, it might be worth your time to get acquainted.

7. Soles of His Feet

“Men have a relatively higher concentration of nerve endings in the soles of their feet than women do,” says Mark Michaels, coauthor of Partners in Passion: A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy, and Long-Term Love. “There is an acupressure point about one-third of the way down from the third toe, right in front of the arch in the center of the foot.” Nicknamed the “bubbling spring,” pressing on this point may boost blood flow throughout the body, getting him all hot and bothered.