Science about Women Breasts and it's Role in Ultimate Arousal
Recent research has found that women’s sensory cortex has three distinct
areas corresponding to stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, and cervix. To their
surprise, researchers found that self stimulation of the nipples lights up the
same areas. This sheds further light on the sexual importance of breasts.
There are evolutionary reasons that men are fascinated by women’s breasts and
pointed out that stimulation of the breast plays a key role in women’s sexual
arousal and satisfaction.
The permanently enlarged human breast is a peculiarity of our species. It may
have some signal value in communicating fertility and plays a role in physical
attractiveness. Breasts are less eroticized in subsistence societies where women
go topless than in our own where they are exploited in advertising, and in
pornography. Even in subsistence societies, breasts are not entirely lacking in
sexual significance and are generally stimulated in foreplay according to
ethnographic accounts .
Moreover, the breasts play a key role in female sexual arousal and we are
beginning to understand why in terms of hormones and neuroscience. In their
classic report on the female sexual response, Masters and Johnson pointed out
that breast volume increases during sexual arousal in addition to changes in the
areola and erection of the nipples.
The function of the breast in sexual behavior is sometimes attributed to
face-to-face copulation that is unusual among mammals. If the breast is already
used for mother- infant bonding, the argument goes, then it is a small step for
it to be used in facilitating bonding between lovers. After all, it is in easy
Stimulation of the nipple during breast feeding increases the amount of the
hormone oxytocin that circulates. Oxytocin is often referred to as the “cuddling
hormone” because it is released by male and female mammals during close social
encounters of various kinds .
In addition to its general social effects, whereby a mother feels closeness for
the baby she is feeding (and vice versa), there are other more specialized
functions of oxytocin. One is that milk flows, a reflex known as the “milk
let-down response” familiar to mothers and dairy farmers alike.
Another is sexual arousal, and orgasm. Some women experiencing intense pleasure
- even orgasm - from breast feeding. This phenomenon was long written off as a
mere oddity but neuroscientists are beginning to understand why it happens.
The great complexity of the female sexual response may be attributable to the
fact that there is not one, but three sensory maps in the parietal cortex that
light up in functional MRI images when the genitals are (self) stimulated. One
represents the clitoris, another the vagina and the third represents the cervix.
All three of these maps also receive input when the nipple is stimulated. From a
functional perspective, this means that the breast doubles as a truly sexual
organ. It is not just an exciting visual stimulus for (most) men but also a key
source of sexual pleasure for most women.
As to the wiring of men’s nipples the jury is out. Some men’s nipples are also
responsive to sexual stimulation but the brain response has yet to be mapped.
Whether you call them breasts, boobs, boobies, tata, gazungas, the chest, or
something else entirely, I'm sure you have a name for the lovely lady lumps
sitting on your or your partner's chest. And why wouldn't you? Breasts are an
absolute wonder. They attract the attention of men and women by some mysterious
natural force, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and they often happen
to feed and nourish babies, too.
But when it comes to sex, breasts often get neglected. When a young women first
goes through puberty, breasts get a lot of visual, eye-catching attention. And
when young women start to kiss and make out they get touching type of attention.
After all, most women have their breasts touched and/or licked before they ever
Once intercourse starts, though, it's as if the vagina somehow upstages the
breasts leaving them to wonder, where did the love go?
One thing we know from research is that many women long for more breast play as
part of their sex. In a study published in 2006, 82% of women and 52% of men
said that breast/nipple stimulation could cause them to feel sexually aroused.
This surprises some people who often think that arousal should or does occur
Further, a total of 78% of women and 39% of men said that, once aroused,
nipple/breast stimulation can further increase their arousal. Very few people
said that breast/nipple stimulation decreased their arousal.
If you're someone who enjoys breast stimulation, or if you suspect your partner
might be, consider adding one or more of the following to your sex life:
Lacing the breasts with whipped cream for partnered sex play (he or she can
lick it off)
Decorating the breasts with flavored, edible body cream or paint and then
slowly lick them off
Boost them up! Why not wear a balconette bra or a bustier to enjoy the look of
your own beautiful breasts?
Massaging the breasts alone or with a partner starting with the tops, then the
bottoms and sides, which are more sensitive than the nipples
Bathing together and soaping up each others' breasts/chests (the lathery soap
can make for a sensuous time)
Ladies: touch your own breasts during sex
For male-female couples: Get creative with breast-penis play (vaginal
intercourse isn't the only way once can have sex)
Put peanut butter on your or your partners' nipples and then chocolate on top
for tasty pasties
Breasts have the potential to play a pleasurable part in people's sexual lives -
whether alone or with a partner. Consider ways that you can make breast play fun
enjoyable and a regular part of your sexual and sensual life. If you or your
partner has experienced breast cancer, and you're interested in more tailored
ideas for enhancing sexual intimacy, Guide to pleasing her ladies—how to up the
ante in the bedroom for even hotter sex.
Step 1: Understand that not all breasts are the same.
“Each tit is a snowflake,” says sex expert Lora Somoza. Just because something
has worked with one partner in the past, that doesn’t mean the same will work
for your next partner. “There’s not one specific tip that’s going to be good for
every woman. Some women want breast stimulation in the form of tender, soft
teasing, and some want it rougher. You have to know your audience,” she says.
Step 2: Start out gently—until you know what she likes.
“Proceed with care and gently trace your fingers over their outer edges,” says
sexologist Jessica O’Reilly. “Run your thumb lightly under the space where they
fall and use only your fingertips to caress her as you breathe warm air over
nipples. Avoid grabbing or kneading them.”
Step 3: Be a tease.
Dr. O’Reilly stresses that it’s not a bad thing. “Kiss her entire breast, but
ignore her nipples for a few minutes,” she says. “Breathe over them
provocatively, but don't make any physical contact until her body is writhing
with desire. It may take some self-restraint on your part, but the build-up will
be worth it when they tingle as she orgasms.”
Step 4: Communicate… without ruining the mood.
Sure, the idea of talking about your woman’s breast preferences in the heat of
the moment doesn’t sound like the sexiest maneuver, but it will benefit both of
you in the end. And Dr. Stephen de Wit stresses the importance of doing it in
the moment. “It can be a bit awkward to bring up, so while you’re touching or
caressing her, say things like ‘Do you like that? Does that turn you on?’ It
doesn’t have to be clinical.”