What is an erogenous zone?
An erogenous zone is a spot or area of your body that is highly sensitive to touch and can trigger a sexual response, such as arousal, goosebumps or other pleasant sensations. The stimulation occurs because of the high density of nerve endings in these locations. The more nerves extend into that part of your skin, the stronger the sensual response will be.
Any area of the body can be an erogenous zone, and every woman will differ in her individual sensitivities. Some women have extra sensitive earlobes, while others find the inside of their thighs to be the most responsive parts.
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What are the most common erogenous zones and how to stimulate them?
While every woman may have a different ranking of her favorite erogenous zones, there are about eleven body areas that are more likely to trigger a sexual response or to at least a pleasant feeling. These are the most common erogenous zones.
Not the erogenous zone you might have thought of at first, but as there are ten of them — and each finger is its own erogenous zone — it’s only fair to start our list with them. By design, your fingertips have to be one of the most sensitive body parts, as they are crucial to our sense of touch. Also when it comes to sex and dating, it’s usuallly the fingers that make first intimate contact. Tickling the fingertips arouses a sexual response in most women. This zone also includes the whole length of each finger as well as the palms of the hands. Kissing and gently sucking on fingers yields a similar response.
The inside of your wrist
It’s really an extension of your hand, but it deserves a special mention for being a very sensitive area. Many women (and men) find tickling or kissing the inner wrist very arousing. There’s also a psychological factor at play: you are exposing one of your body’s more vulnerable areas (which biological instinct normally tells you to protect) to your partner’s caresses.
This one you probably already guessed right away. The nape of your neck is an area rich in sensory nerves and it’s also one of your body’s most vulnerable zones. Almost everybody shows sexual stimulation in response to kisses or caresses on the neck.
Your ears and especially the earlobes are a super sensitive area, as they contain a myriad of fine sensory nerve endings. Ears can be stimulated with caressing, kissing, nibbling, and even with gently blowing on them. Many women probably would say that other than their genitals, their ears are the most sexually sensitive body part.
Your stomach skin, especially around the navel and the lower areas close to the pubic mound (mons pubis), are very sensitive in their own right. But the proximity to the action zone will add a lot of additional excitement and sexual anticipation. Once your partner teases and kisses your stomach, you know that things are about to heat up.
The sacrum (lower back)
This part of your back that starts right above your butt has a long trail of nerves that connect to the pelvis and thus can cause sexual stimulation. This area can get you excited through any sort of touch, pressure, tickling or kissing.
Your butt and anus
Your butt cheeks feel the same kind of sensation like your lower back when kissed or touched, as they constitute one connected system. The valley-like area between the butt cheeks is the most sensitive part, and you may find it very stimulating if your partner explores this area, even if you don’t like the idea of anal sex. Likewise, stimulating the anus on the outside and inside with fingers or tongue can be a very arousing experience and doesn’t have to lead to full penetration.
Knees aren’t the body parts we associated right away with sex, however, the knees, especially the backsides, are surprisingly sensitive areas and the nerves there can send sexually stimulating signals to the brain when your partner touches, tickles or kisses them.
Another unlikely place and one some people might not want to consider a place associated with sex. Your armpits definitely are erogenous zones and respond to stimulation. However, for most people, these also are very ticklish areas, which may actually dampen the sexual mood. You’ll have to decide for yourself if you want to try this erogenous zone.
The entire chest area has a strong network of sensory nerve endings that can trigger sexual arousal. Interestingly, the number of nerves in the breasts don’t differ much regardless of breast size, which is why smaller breasts are relatively faster at creating sexual arousal than larger breasts. Of course, the areola and nipples are the most sensitive parts of the breasts as they hold large concentrations of neural tissue. Nipples are so sensitive that some women (and even some men) can get orgasms through nipple stimulation alone.
Well, our list obviously ends with the most sexually sensitive part of the female body: the ultimate erogenous zone — the vagina! This includes the clitoris, the vaginal walls and the G-spot (if it indeed exists, which is still a question debated by scientists). Even the outer vulva area can be sensitive to touch and stimulation.
While not a conclusive list, these are the most common erogenous zones. You may already be very familiar with most of them. But if you haven’t tried some or most, it may be worth doing some experimenting with your partner next time you have sex. Perhaps, you’ll discover new exciting ways of sexual stimulation.
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Reviewed by Dr Roy Kedem, MD
Information last reviewed 10/13/21