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J Sex Med. 2006 May;3(3):450-4.

Nipple/Breast stimulation and sexual arousal in young men and women.

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Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. r.j.levin@sheffield.ac.uk

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The role of nipple/breast stimulation in influencing sexual arousal in men and women during lovemaking has only been the subject of opinion-based comment rather than evidence-based study. No attempt to question people about such sexual behavior has ever been undertaken.

AIM:

The study was designed to ascertain the effects of nipple/breast manipulation in young men and women on their sexual arousal.

METHODS:

A short questionnaire about nipple/breast stimulation during sexual activity was administered to 301 (148 men; 153 women) sexually experienced undergraduates (age range 17-29 years, 95% between 18 and 22).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Replies to questions in questionnaire.

RESULTS:

The major findings in regard to the women were that 81.5% reported that stimulation of their nipples/breasts caused or enhanced their sexual arousal, 78.2% agreed that when sexually aroused such manipulation increased their arousal, 59.1% had asked to have their nipples stimulated during lovemaking, and only 7.2% found that the manipulation decreased their arousal. In regard to the men, 51.7% reported that nipple stimulation caused or enhanced their sexual arousal, 39% agreed that when sexually aroused such manipulation increased their arousal, only 17.1% had asked to have their nipples stimulated, and only 7.5% found that such stimulation decreased their arousal.

CONCLUSION:

Manipulation of the nipples/breasts causes or enhances sexual arousal in approximately 82% of young women and 52% of young men with only 7-8% reporting that it decreased their arousal.

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