Breaking News: Nipple Stimulation Can Be A Turn On

While everyone has different erogenous zones, it’s fairly common for genitals to be considered erogenous zones. Many women (and men) report that nipple stimulation to be extremely pleasurable and I even have a female friend who says that she can orgasm from nipple play alone.

Though this shouldn’t be shocking news to most people, now we have more of a scientific understanding as to why nipple stimulation works the way it does, thanks to a study that was published at the end of July in the Journal of Sex Medicine. The study, which Live Science has written about, shows that in functional MRIs (fMRIs) the same areas in the brain that light up when women’s genitals are stimulated also light up with nipple stimulation.

In the study, the women were put inside of a fMRI machine, and then stimulated their vagina, cervix, clitoris, and nipples so that the scientists could map out where these areas light up in the brain. While the study has not been fully replicated in males, for some men there is a similar reaction in the fMRI. At this point, the study was only done in healthy women who still had a uterus, but one scientist is planning to replicate the study using women who have had hysterectomies.

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.

  • Andrea Lyons

    Love when ‘scientific data’ supports what we already know to be true – wheee!  Thanks Holly!

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    Gotta say I do love this kind of research. It is important to understand the processes, not just to affirm what we know happens.
    To dismiss this kind of research as being “stating the obvious” would be akin to someone a century ago not investigating why eyesight failed in old age and simply accepting that it does.
    Curiosity has brought us modern medicine, and without someone wondering how something works we would all be dying of smallpox.

  • http://profiles.google.com/hmoyseenko Holly Moyseenko-Kossover

    I would love to work on this kind of research!

  • http://profiles.google.com/hmoyseenko Holly Moyseenko-Kossover

    Exactly! I love stuff that helps encourage normalcy (well, I say that as someone who often asks if there is a normal)