- Erogenous zone
An erogenous zone is an area of the
human bodythat has heightened sensitivityand stimulation of which normally results in sexual response. There is individual variation in sensitive areas, Fact|date=January 2008, but the majority of men and women have common erogenous zones, both areas of the skin, and the penisin men and clitorisin women.
There are two types of erogenous zone response in the
skin: nonspecific and specific
The skin is similar to normal haired skin and has the normal high density of nerves and hair follicles. These areas include the sides and back of the neck, the
axillae (armpits) and sides of the thorax. An exaggerated tickle and anticipatory response are responsible for the heightened sensual response.
These areas produce stronger sensation and include the genitals, including prepuce, penis, clitoris, vulva and perianal skin, scrotum, lips and nipple. The rete ridges of the
epitheliumare well formed and more of the nerves are close to the external surface of the skin than in normal haired skin.
clitoris, a visible button-like structure located above the Labium (genitalia), and is covered by a small fold of skin known as the clitoral hood. It has the most dense nerve supply of any part of the skin.
Located past the clitoris, just above and on either side of the urethral opening is sensitive erectile tissue known as the
Skene's Gland, or U-Spot.
vaginal canalthere is a patch of ribbed rough tissue along the front of the canal. It has a texture similar to the Palate(the roof of a mouth). This is the Gräfenberg spot, or G-spot.
At the deepest point on the anterial (front) wall of the vagina located between the
cervixand the bladder. This is the Anterior Fornix Erogenous Zone, or A Spot
penisis the most sensitive erogenous zone in the male body. In particular, the natural glans (head) and frenulum(foreskin) are highly sensitive and may elicit strong sensations from the slightest touch or movement. The ridged band, theorized by John R. Taylor, is believed to be a sensitive part of the penis as well.
The skin of the
scrotum(testicles) is very sensitive to light touching and stroking, causing a pleasurable sensation; the scrotum may also be quite ticklish.
Males can also be aroused by light stroking and touching of the
perineum(the area between the scrotumand the anus). Applying a firm pressure on it just before ejaculationcan heighten the intensity of orgasm,Fact|date=April 2008 although this causes retrograde ejaculationand the pressure is sometimes harmful to the pudendal nerveand other anatomical structures in the area.
Foreskin, which carries the ridged bandand lower frenular delta, has mucocutaneous end-organs extending from the distal margin to the point where hairy skin starts. [http://www.cirp.org/library/anatomy/winkelmann/] The thin dermis and minimal subcutaneous tissue results in closely set nerve networks. Vater-Pacini corpusclesare present. The mucocutaneous end-organs are formed after birth, with few in newborn infants and many well-organized endings in adults. Winkelmann suggests that the prepuce is a "specific erogenous zone." [http://www.cirp.org/library/anatomy/winkelmann/] Anus
Moving from the hairy skin to the glabrous skin around the
anusthe nerve networks rise higher in the skin and the mucocutaneous end-organ becomes apparent at the vermilion border, occurring frequently in this transition zone. The Vater-Pacini corpuscle is deep in the subcutaneous tissues, and into the anal canal. Waist
Lips Mouth Eyes Neck
The neck and
claviclearea is a very sensitive region. Licking, kissing, and caressing here are very arousing to many people, hence the term "necking". The neck area is very prone to broken blood vessels; rough kissing can leave bruises known as love bites, commonly referred to as "hickies". Additionally the back of the neck is very sensitive to arousal by lightly caressing. Scalp Ears Chest
areolaand nipplecontain various dense nerve tissues, concentrated in the area of ducts and masses of smooth muscle. The area surrounding the areola is also sensitive, nerve tissue. In fact, the entire pectoral area has a network of dense nerve endings. Breasts Fingers
The fingertips have many nerves and are responsive to very light touches, like the brushing of a tongue or light fingernail or teeth stroking. The sides are somewhat less sensitive and more ticklish. Both light and firmer touches work well at the junction of the fingers.
There are concentration of nerve endings in the sole and digits of the human foot, the sensations.
*" [http://www.cirp.org/library/anatomy/winkelmann/ Erogenous Zones: Their Nerve Supply and Significance] ", Winkelmann RK, Mayo Clin Proc 1959;34(2):39-47
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