A woman's sexuality is a complex interplay of physical and emotional responses that affects the way she thinks and feels about herself. A sexual problem can hurt her personal relationships and her self-esteem. Yet, many women hesitate to talk about their sexuality with their health care professionals, and many health professionals are reluctant to begin a discussion about sexuality with their patients.
A treatment designed to improve bladder dysfunction could have another use: helping women who struggle to achieve sexual arousal. But if the results of a pilot study are any indication, that may soon change. Female sexual dysfunction, a condition that ranges from a lack of libido to an inability to achieve orgasm, affects 40 to 45 percent of women, especially as they age.
Canadian scientists tested the sensitivities of several sexual areas on the female body, including the parts in the perineum area—the area between the anus and vulva—as well as the side boob and nipple. They compared these to neutral areas on the body, like the neck, forearm, abdomen. Exactly how did they go about this?
OBJECTIVE: To assess the perceptions of healthy women of their genital anatomy and sexual sensitivity, and to provide suggestions for genitoplasty based on this information, as the success of genitoplasty has historically relied upon the surgeon's perception of the patient's anatomy and function, rather than the patient's perception of outcome in terms of appearance and erotic sensitivity. This self- report questionnaire comprises written text and images enabling women to rate the appearance, size and position of clitoris and vagina, as well as the intensity of orgasm and effort required for achieving orgasm in specified areas around the clitoris and within the vagina. Anatomical locations were compared for these ratings by repeated-measures analysis of variance.
Given the amount of pop culture and media devoted to sex, it might seem like the facts are pretty clear. The proliferation of these myths leads not only to sexual dissatisfaction, but serious self-esteem issues. According to one studymore than 60 percent of women have faked an orgasm during intercourse or oral sex.
Persistent, recurrent problems with sexual response, desire, orgasm or pain — that distress you or strain your relationship with your partner — are known medically as sexual dysfunction. Many women experience problems with sexual function at some point, and some have difficulties throughout their lives. Female sexual dysfunction can occur at any stage of life.
Even if, as the saying goes, the brain is a woman's most important sex organ, we can't deny the role our bodies play—especially as we get older. Satisfying sex depends on several things: presence of desire, arousal, absence of pain, and an ability to reach orgasm. After menopause, libido declines, and changes in our bodies can make it difficult to get aroused, painful to have intercourse, and impossible to climax.
Erogenous zones are located all over the human body, but the sensitivity of each varies, and depends on concentrations of nerve endings that can provide pleasurable sensations when stimulated. The touching of another person's erogenous zone is regarded as an act of physical intimacy. Whether a person finds stimulation in these areas to be pleasurable or objectionable depends on a range of factors, including their level of arousal, the circumstances in which it takes place, cultural context, nature of the relationship between persons involved, and personal history.
Although the genitals are a key part of sex, its pleasurable sensations involve many parts of the body. Pleasurable sex heavily depends on the brain, which releases hormones that support sexual pleasure and interpret stimulation as pleasurable. One study suggests that the brain could be the most important sexual organ.
When things are heating up, there are a few obvious places you want your partner to hit: your lips, your nipples, your clit duh. But when it comes to erogenous zones for women—those crazy-sensitive hot spots that can take you from zero to gotta-have-it-right-now—that's barely scratching the surface. Your body is covered in hot spots you may never have even thought to explore.