What are Erogenous Zones?
Erogenous zones are defined as parts of the body that are especially sensitive and cause increased sexual arousal when touched in a sexual manner. Some well-known erogenous zones include the mouth, breasts (consisting of the nipple and areola as well as the lateral breast tissue), genitals, and the anus. Erogenous zones vary from person to person, as some people may enjoy being touched in a certain area more than other areas. Other common areas may include the neck, thighs, abdomen, and feet.
How to Find Erogenous Zones
One way to discover your partner’s and your own particular erogenous zones is through a technique commonly used for sexual therapy, known as sensate focus. This technique consist of both partners sitting in a comfortable position with one partner’s back against the other’s chest (i.e., one partner has their legs around the other). The partner in the front focuses on his/her breathing and relaxing while the other partner explores their body, finding areas that are highly erotic. The partners then switch and take turns exploring each other’s bodies, without the pressure of reciprocation, allowing them to relax and enjoy being touched. This can also be done alone in front of a mirror while masturbating and exploring one’s own body.
The manner and degree of touch is also relative. A recent study conducted in Canada on female erogenous zones measured sensitivity to light touch, pressure, and vibration.1 The study concluded that the clitoris and nipples are the most erotically sensitive zones, particularly to vibration, while the neck and vaginal areas are sensitive to light touch. For men, highly sensitive erogenous zones include the frenulum, the small elastic band of tissue located where the glans or the head of penis meets the shaft on the underside of the penis. Another particularly sensitive area is known as the raphe of the scrotum, or the ridge of tissue that extends from the perineum to the midline of the scrotum.2 Females and males alike have potential G-spots that are also considered highly erogenous (the matter of their existence as body parts is not contested, but the degree of the sensitivity of the area is subjective). The females G- Spot is considered to be two to three inches up the front wall of the vagina (the wall below the urethra) and the male’s is considered to be inside the anus, close to the root of the penis.3 Another sensitive erogenous zone shared by both sexes is the perineum; the small region between the genitalia (i.e., the scrotum for males and the vulva for females) and the anus. It is important to remember that not all people have the same erogenous zones; what worked for one partner might not work for another.
Why are Some Areas More Erogenous than Others?
The level of erotic sensitivity of a particular body part depends largely on the amount of nerve endings that are located in that region.4 The genital regions of the male and female body undergo a process known as vasocongestion, which increases the amount of blood that flows to these regions, making them highly sensitive when aroused. Other areas such as the eyelids, forearm, head, and abdomen have fewer nerve endings but can also be potential erogenous zones for some, especially if touched lightly and softly during foreplay. Finding erogenous zones consists of exploring each other’s bodies, simultaneously increasing sexual desire and intimacy in a relationship.
1. Borreli, Lizette. "The Most Sensual Female Body Parts, According To Science." Medical Daily. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.
2. Corbett, Holly C. "8 New Ways to Touch Your Guy During Sex." Shape Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.
3. Whipple, B. 2014. Ejaculation, female. The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. 1–4.
4. "Erogenous Zone." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.
Last Updated 17 February 2015.