15 erogenous zones of the female body - How to keep in touch!
Don’t know where to start? We’ve got a complete list of your sweet spots from head to toe.
They say it’s all about the journey, not the destination. That nugget of wisdom also rings true when it comes to sex— if the electrifying climax is your finale, then there must be more to our bedtime action than stimulating your lady parts.
Sure, your vulva and vagina are still essential to this breathtaking experience, but they’re not the only places that can drum up your anticipation. A woman like you can have at least a dozen other sweet spots throughout the body, each one yours for the taking.
Ah, where to even begin? Not to worry! We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about erogenous zones: what they are, where to find them, and what to do when you get there.
In the zone
Why do some sensations make us feel good between the sheets, even when they don’t stimulate our lady parts?
The answer lies in indulging our erogenous zones, the sweet spots that turn us on during the deed. They’re so sensitive that even the slightest touch at the right place is maddeningly pleasurable! And the tingles we get from this experience can drive us all the way from desire to orgasm in no time.
The word erogenous comes from the Greek word eros which means “love” and the English suffix -genous which means “producing.”
Does a little back massage ease most of your tiredness and tension? Maybe your excitement lies around your navel or near your thighs. You might even like it when your feet are teased. All these vary from person to person, so just go with whatever tickles your fancy!
Yet personal as they may be, erogenous zones have also been influenced by cultures throughout time. For instance, Asians found the nape of their neck very erotic. Polynesians adorned their thighs with tattoos. European women went to great (and painful) lengths to cinch their waists in corsets as they paint their lips red.
As it turns out, there really is more to female sexuality and desire than what’s between our legs.
The pleasure hotspots
The breasts, vulva, and vagina are some of our most commonly known erogenous zones since they’re packed with tons of nerve endings. But even some of your other body parts can be very responsive to touch, if only you try to engage them during your sexy time too.
Don’t know where to start? Here’s a handy list of 15 erogenous zones that can be found in women like you, right from the top of your head to your toes:
It may not seem obvious, but gentle massage of your scalp can be part of indulgent foreplay. It contains a lot of nerve endings, so even a slight tug on your hair can go a long way.
Allow your partner’s fingers to trail lightly on your head, especially while you two are sharing a moment in the shower. You’ll be surprised at how satisfying that sensation can be!
Here’s the part where you get to be all ears: Just imagine your partner teasing a little by sending light breaths and whispering sweet nothings to you. Surely, it’d be a real delight to know what they plan to do to you next.
How about having their tongue play with your earlobes in the most tantalizing ways? That’s where the real fun starts— you’ll be wanting more soon enough.
Don’t forget to give your own pair of lips the attention they need! You don’t have to be ashamed about your mouth getting all the action. After all, the art of lip-locking is essential not only for arousal but also for relationship building with your partner. So mix up the length and intensity of your smooches whenever you can!
Kissing has a lot of health benefits, like relieving stress, soothing headaches, and even burning calories.
Your neck is also a very sensitive part of your body, so it’s no surprise that it frequently comes up as part of the top picks among women. In fact, even those with spinal cord injury can be stimulated through their nape. Why not explore different variations of kisses and strokes with your partner?
The armpits are also quite erotic spots for some women, even though the very idea might seem strange to you at first. Your partner’s tongue and fingers— even soft objects like feathers— can tickle and titillate your senses in no time!
What do tickles and foreplay have in common? They both light up your brain’s somatosensory cortex.
Needless to say, your breasts are exquisite erogenous zones, no matter their size or shape. Do you know that stimulating them can pleasure your mind the same way your genitals do? Let your partner’s fingers and tongue tease you by circling your nipples before finally getting to them. If you like it rough, your partner can pinch your nipples or graze them with their teeth.
7. Hands and wrists
Your hands and wrists may not be getting as much attention, but it’s about time they did. Your partner can kiss your wrists passionately while their fingers are intertwined with yours. Better yet, you can have your hands tied to the bedpost if you're into that kind of thing.
The abdomen, especially the part closer to your genitals, can be your soft spot for arousal. All you have to do is trace circles around your navel before slowly heading downwards. That will certainly help build the sexual tension pretty quickly!
We hope your partner’s got your back too! Because the nerves on the small of your back are connected to your pelvis, touching it almost feels just like stimulating your inner sexual organs. Your partner can use their lips or tongue, as well as objects like feathers and pinwheels, especially when you’re lying on your stomach.
The vulva, the visible part of your genitals, includes your primary sex organ, the clitoris. And it's just the tip of the iceberg! You can also find the mons pubis, the fleshy mound where our pubic hair grows. Massaging this will indirectly stimulate your clitoris too.
The G-spot can be found roughly 1 to 2 inches up your vagina. All you have to do is insert a finger or two, then stroke the wall at the side of your belly. You might just gush with female ejaculation afterward!
Your butt contains a lot of nerve endings that you can stimulate for your pleasure. Why not try playing with butt plugs (and a generous helping of lube) to complete the experience? Knocking at your backdoor gives you a feeling of fullness that can make your sexual experience even more exhilarating.
Your inner thighs are close enough to your lady bits to feel extremely sensitive too. That’s why it’s often a good idea for your partner to caress your inner thighs while they’re working on other parts— now that’s some expert multitasking!
And the best part? They can even trail kisses from your thighs to your coochie when you’re already feeling wet down there.
14. Behind the knees
Just in case you didn’t know, there’s a tender spot to explore behind your knees! Try giving your partner unfettered access to it while you’re standing up or lying on your stomach, and it’d probably be an experience you’ll never forget!
Last but definitely not least, the bottom of your feet can tickle your fancy in a multitude of ways. Your partner can massage them or even shower them with some light kisses. And if you ever want to take it further, they can even suck on each toe. It’s all up to you!
Exploring every avenue
If women have so many erogenous zones all over the body, why is there a lot of stigma surrounding the self-exploration of our own sexuality?
As women who were brought up in a conservative Filipino culture, most of us have been taught to shun the very idea of sexual pleasure outside the context of marriage. We’re either held back by the influence of our parents or the pressure to conform to societal standards.
In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by psychologist Elmer de Jose, almost 6 out of 10 Filipino adolescents aged 15-24 believe that only married couples should engage in sex. Almost half of the respondents also assert that a woman should be a virgin at the time. They frown upon pornography and female masturbation, even as they found male masturbation somewhat acceptable.
Still, it's never too late for you to get past these prejudices and start discovering what turns you on without feeling guilty. What benefits are there in knowing your erogenous zones more intimately?
- Being familiar with your erogenous zones can help you perceive sex in terms of what feels good for you, and not merely what feels good for your partner. Women are sexual creatures too, and there’s nothing wrong with that!
- Stimulating various parts of your body can produce different hormones. For instance, your vagina triggers the release of feel-good hormones oxytocin and prolactin. Vasopressin also makes the clitoris more erect.
- When you communicate where and how you’d like to be touched, it helps to strengthen your relationship with your partner as you foster trust.
Speaking your body language
Now you know more about your erogenous zones and why they’re essential to your sexual experience, you might be wondering: Which is the best one you can count on to always deliver? Do all women get turned on in the same way?
One Canadian study shows how your clitoris is still your most sensitive area, as it responds best to pressure and vibrations. When it comes to light touches, you can count on your neck, forearm, and labia to lead the way.
Then again, it all boils down to your own personal preferences. Maybe your earlobes feel more sensitive than most. Do you like your feet and armpits getting tickled too? There’s nothing wrong with that!
So how do we discover what feels good for us? Here are just a few ways to explore your own body and its pleasures:
- Turn yourself on. Don’t be shy— feel free to touch yourself in all those sweet spots to figure out what works for you. Masturbation is natural for everyone, not just for men!
- Keep in touch. Tell your partner what you liked best about your latest solo play. That's how you'll be able to get the most pleasure out of your next steamy session.
- Come to senses. Tired of the same old routine? Mix it up by incorporating some sensory play in your sexy time. Be adventurous with textures and temperatures, like sliding pinwheels or ice cubes down your back.
- Play with toys. You're never too old for some delightful playtime! Why not see for yourself all the NOTI items that you and your partner can enjoy between the sheets tonight?
- Slick back. Don't forget all about keeping it slick and smooth, either. Essential oils are handy for a sensual massage to get you in the mood. Plus, you can count on lube to give you a new, pleasurable sensation, even when you're not feeling dry down there.
If you haven’t gotten it all figured out yet, don’t put too much pressure on yourself! At the end of the day, sex isn’t really about how many erogenous zones you can effectively tick off your list. The best pleasure of all is still in the journey you take to rediscover your own body and what it’s capable of feeling.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is an erogenous zone?
Erogenous zones are parts of our body that are sensitive to touch and can produce a sexual response when stimulated. These sensations can drive us all the way from desire to arousal to orgasm. Parts of our genitals like the clitoris, labia, and vagina are good examples of erogenous zones.
How many erogenous zones does a woman have?
The actual number of erogenous zones may vary from one woman to another, though we can generally agree on how some areas of our body experience more pleasure than others. We’ve listed down 15 common erogenous zones you can start exploring to see what works best for you!
Do all women have the same erogenous zones?
Each woman experiences sexual pleasure differently, so what feels good for someone else might not work wonders for you. For instance, your feet could end up being too ticklish to be a source of arousal. Not every woman can also be stimulated through their G-spot alone.
What’s the most sensitive spot in my body?
The clitoris remains to be the most sensitive part of the female body, especially since it has roughly 8,000 nerve endings. It doesn’t respond as much to light touches like your neck and forearm, but pressure and vibrations will certainly do the trick.
How can I best stimulate my erogenous zones?
Take the time to get to know your own body and its pleasures. Some body parts are better stimulated through light touches, others through vibrations or pressure. Discover what exactly turns you on during solo play. Don’t hesitate to incorporate sex toys, massage oils, and lube whenever possible!
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