One of the perks of writing about sex is that when you disclose this information at cocktail parties, people tend to confess scandalous tidbits, and in this case, very useful information. Still, this one was a show-stopper.
"The other day, I had my first breast orgasm."
I looked at the gorgeous attorney standing before me, sipping from her beer. She was glowing as she awaited my response. It was clear she'd been dying to share her, er, achievement with me.
I had to confess to her that I wasn't all that familiar with the breast O. The idea of a woman experiencing an orgasm without any genital stimulation sounded perplexing. But I couldn't wait to find out more.
The attorney explained that the orgasm she felt wasn't just in her nipples, but throughout her breasts -- though more intense around the areolas.
Later that night, I did a little research, and found there's some pretty sound scientific evidence in medical journals for the breast O. Here's what I learned:
➢ Your breasts can swell up to 25 percent when you're aroused. This boost makes your breasts super sensitive, and quite a bit larger. I'll take sexually induced hormonal surges over a Victoria Secret push-up any day!
➢ Nipple stimulation activates the same region of the brain as clitoral, vaginal and cervical stimulation. Here's the science behind that claim from the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 8, 2011:
Female participants were asked to lie inside an fMRI machine and alternate between stimulating the clitoris, vagina, cervix and nipple. An experimenter instructed the women to "comfortably" stimulate one of those body parts for 30 seconds, then to rest for 30 seconds before repeating the process with a different part of the body. All participants were asked to simulate themselves in the exact same way to keep the results as constant as possible (e.g., when it came to nipple stimulation, women were asked to use their right hand to "tap the left nipple rhythmically.")
The researchers discovered that stimulation of the nipple activated an area of the brain known as the genital sensory cortex. This is the same brain region activated by stimulation of the clitoris, vagina and cervix. What this means is that women's brains seem to process nipple and genital stimulation in the same way. In light of this, it is not at all surprising that many women are aroused by having their nipples touched and that, for some, this may be enough to lead to orgasm.
➢ According to nationally known women's health expert, Dr. Jennifer Wider, your nipples go from a pale to deeper hue the more you're aroused. This makes sense, given that your blood flow increases when you're turned on. This sexy nipple visual may be what it takes to send you over the edge.
➢ Just as breasts come in all shapes, sizes and colors, women's preferences during breast play will differ. Some women may love having their nipples twisted or bitten while others might find this painful. Also, breast sensitivity changes with our menstrual cycles, so what we may literally like one week, we won't stand the next. The mysterious rhythm of our bodies is kind of exciting!
➢ Play around. Remember, getting to know your body is the key to better orgasms.