What are the Erogenous Zones?

We talk a LOT about the erogenous zones… but what exactly are they? How many are there REALLY? And why are they so important when it comes to self-pleasure, foreplay, sex and orgasm?

What is  an Erogenous Zone?

An erogenous zone is an area of the body that has heightened sensitivity and can produce a sexual response when stimulated, including relaxation, arousal and orgasm. The erogenous zones are extra sensitive due to the large amount of nerve endings in these particular areas which causes heightened sensitivity. Any part of the body can be an erogenous zone. Erogenous comes from the Greek words “eros” (love) and “genous” (producing).

How Many Erogenous Zones Are There?

Monica Geller famously informed a whole generation that there are seven must-touch erogenous zones in a now-classic episode of Friends…

… but the truth is, an erogenous zone is any area that can produce sexual arousal when stimulated. While there are a few that tend to work for most people, everyone’s different – which means having your earlobe nibbled or feet tickled may not feel as good for you as it does for someone else.

What ARE The Erogenous Zones?

Trying to work out where YOU liked to be touched? Want to increase your partner’s pleasure during foreplay and sex? Here are some of the most popular pleasure points to test during your next hot-n-heavy bedroom session.

  • Scalp
  • Ears
  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Armpits
  • Nipples
  • Inner Arms
  • Inner Wrists
  • Hands
  • Fingertips
  • Spine
  • Small of the Back
  • Lower Stomach
  • Pubic Mound
  • Clitoris
  • Vaginal Opening
  • G-Spot
  • Glans (Penile Head)
  • Frenulum
  • Foreskin
  • Testicles
  • Perineum
  • Prostate
  • Buttocks
  • Anus
  • Behind the Knees
  • Inner Thighs
  • Soles of the Feet
  • Toes 

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it’s a great place to start if you’re curious about exploring new sensations or getting yourself out of a sexual rut.

How to Stimulate the Erogenous Zones

You can use a variety of different techniques to stimulate the erogenous zones of your partner – or yourself.

If you’re pleasuring yourself, a grazing, gentle touch the wanders over your body can heighten sensations. You can also use a bullet vibe or wand across your skin.

When stimulating the erogenous zones of a partner, exploring different tools like fingers, ice-cubes, feathers or toys, and modify the pressure – from gentle to intense – to learn what your partner likes. When playing with toys, experiment with different rhythms, speeds and settings.