Are erogenous zones a MYTH?

Are erogenous zones a MYTH? Why the most sensitive areas on your body aren’t always obvious – and how women have it better than men

  • An erogenous zone refers to an area of your body that stimulates arousal
  • The usual areas include the genitals, nipples, mouth and top of the neck region
  • But studies suggest that perhaps we’re overlooking other spots of interest 

Women’s magazines have long been telling us about the importance of ‘stimulating erogenous zones’ for sexual satisfaction.

But what if the supposed ‘zones’ aren’t the only places that turn us on?  

Australian vibrator company Smile Makers delved into the complicated topic, using a number of studies to decipher whether the regions are a myth or not.

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Australian vibrator company Smile Makers delved into the topic, using a number of studies to decipher whether the regions are a myth or not (stock image)

Firstly they looked at a British study published in Cortex, which brought together more than 300 men and 500 women and asked them to note from 0 to 10 the sexual arousal experienced by 41 areas of their body.

They tested everything from the genitals to the elbow and even the belly button.

Unsurprisingly, the most ‘erogenous areas’ are the genitals (penis and testicles for men or clitoris and vagina for women). 

This makes sense: they are the primary areas that lead straight to orgasm.


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Unsurprisingly, the most erogenous areas are the genitals (penis and testicles for men or clitoris and vagina for women). This makes sense: They are the primary areas that lead straight to orgasm (stock image)

On the other hand, this study shows that women seem more reactive than men. 

The majority of them define six zones as ‘intensely erogenous’ by rating above seven when it comes to erogenous sensitivity: the clitoris, the vagina, the mouth and the lips, the top of the neck, breasts and nipples.

Only three zones get rated above seven for men: penis, mouth and lips. 

But that does not mean that they have fewer erogenous zones than women. Men have identified as many erogenous zones as women. They simply qualify them as less sensitive than women do.

But is it really useful to map out the top 10 erogenous zones in men and women? Not really. 

But is it really useful to map out the top 10 erogenous zones in men and women? Not really (stock image) – because they said ‘in reality the whole body can become erogenous’

‘Because in reality the whole body can become erogenous. And that is no accident, when an erogenous zone is stimulated, impulses are sent via nerves to the cortex and areas responsible for sexual pleasure,’ a sexologist from Smile Makers revealed.

‘And, according to another study, from Finland, if nature has made our whole body sensitive rather than our only genitals, it would be to multiply the opportunities to stimulate another kind of nerve endings, the C-tactile fibers, which play a role in the emergence of deeper emotions that build a relationship with our partner. 

‘In short, nature would have scattered sensors throughout our body capable of awakening our desire to push us to seek physical contact, which would strengthen our social bonds essential to the survival of the human species.

‘So every inch of our skin can become a source of arousal. It would be a shame to set in stone once and for all our erogenous zones on a map and be satisfied only with the places we know. 

‘We would miss out on sensorial and orgasmic experiences.’ 

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