Science about Women Breasts and it's Role in Ultimate Arousal

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 reach!

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.

Science about Women Breasts and it's Role in Ultimate Arousal

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 have intercourse.

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 spontaneously.

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

Science about Women Breasts and it's Role in Ultimate Arousal

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.”




Dated 25 November 2015

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