When it comes to women's bodies, we all know about the obvious pleasure zones.
But did you know that there are actually many other areas of the body, called erogenous zones, that can open up a whole level of sex with the proper stimulation?
(And there are actually more than just seven!)
Erogenous zones can be anywhere, from the back of the neck to the tips of the feet, and each person has areas that are uniquely sensitive to them.
If you're curious to learn more about where to start, take a look at the guide below—provided by women's health experts at Rory, a website that presents unique information on how women can learn more about their bodies to have better sex—for a list of the most surprising erogenous zones and how to take advantage of them!
From your own experiences, you’ve probably discovered how sensitive these areas can be when stimulated by a partner.
1. Your Ears
Your ears contain hundreds of sensory receptors inside, and the outside skin is also very sensitive. Because of this, it’s best to be gentle when stimulating the ears. Have your partner lightly trace the outside of your ear, and then move in to kiss and nibble the earlobes. You might also enjoy whispering or soft blowing in order to get that tingly, goosebumps feeling.
2. The Nape of Your Neck
Most people focus on the throat when things get heated, but the nape or back of the neck is another hot zone. Depending on the position, it can be difficult for your partner to reach the nape of your neck with their lips, but a light touch with the tip of their fingers can feel amazing. They can stimulate the sensitive nerve endings with light caresses while kissing, and run their fingernails down the back of your neck to produce a tingly shiver.
3. Your Butt
This one may not be too shocking, but many women automatically disregard the butt if they know they don’t enjoy anal play. Don’t knock it till you try it! There’s no need to shy away from the behind just because you associate it with full-on penetration. Having your partner caress the outside skin or even doing some light fingering is a great way to take advantage of the numerous sensitive nerve ends inside your anus. Some women even enjoy gentle licking!
4. Your Fingertips
Think about it: Your fingertips are one of the most sensitive areas of your body. Though we don’t usually think about fingers as being sexy, holding hands or softly tickling the fingertips during sex is both erotic and intimate. To kick it up a notch, your partner can tenderly suck on each of your fingers, one at a time. Maintaining eye contact is essential here in order to fully feel the attention being lavished on you.
5. Your Lower Back
The nerves in the small of your back, or sacrum, are connected to your pelvis, making this region sensitive to sexual stimulation. Whether it’s the tickle of a light touch or more forceful pressure, many women find this type of sensory play appealing. If you want to get creative with it, try experimenting with temperatures using an ice cube or heat pad.
So maybe those were a little obvious, but you probably didn’t see these coming! Here are a few more spots that are definitely worth trying out.
6. Your Inner Wrists
This sensitive pulse point can be a great way to get the action started. Lightly caress the skin of the inner wrist to get your partner going, and later on, this can progress to kissing and soft licking. Part of the appeal with this zone is the “danger” factor: your partner has taken command of one of your most vulnerable areas.
7. Your Armpits
That’s right, the armpits are an erogenous zone! There’s nothing like a little titillation to take the action from silly to sexy. Think about how responsive and ticklish your armpit is — this can be translated into sexual sensitivity. Start with light touching, and slowly accelerate into brisker motions. The feeling of being tickled but also aroused can be thrilling.
8. Your Scalp
The scalp is chock-full of nerve endings — just think about how nice it feels when someone plays with your hair. While kissing, your partner should run their fingernails through your hair and along your scalp to stimulate that tingly feeling. Focusing on the nape of the neck or the back of the ears while doing this can be a super hot way to stimulate multiple erogenous zones at once.
9. Your Stomach
This is an area that you can take advantage of by yourself or with a partner. The key to this erogenous zone is teasing. It’s so close to the danger zone that touching this area can actually promote the flow of blood to your clit and vagina. Light, teasing touches with your partner’s tongue and fingertips are the best ways to stimulate this erogenous zone, along with temperature play using an ice cube or cold washcloth.
10. Your Knees
Just like Ted claims about Robin in How I Met Your Mother, having your partner stimulate the back of your knee can actually be super sexy. Again, this has to do with the sensitivity of the region and how ticklish it is. Have your partner massage your legs during foreplay, paying special attention to the back of your knee using both their fingers and tongue.
This article was originally published on HelloRory.com.