Nipple/Breast Stimulation and Sexual Arousal in Young Men and Women

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  • Roy Levin PhD,

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    1. Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK;
      Roy Levin, PhD, University of Sheffield, Department of Biomedical Science, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK. Tel: (0114) 2222320; Fax: (0114) 276541; E-mail: r.j.levin@sheffield.ac.uk
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  • Cindy Meston PhD

    1. Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
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Roy Levin, PhD, University of Sheffield, Department of Biomedical Science, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK. Tel: (0114) 2222320; Fax: (0114) 276541; E-mail: 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. Levin R, and Meston C. Nipple/breast stimulation and sexual arousal in young men and women. J Sex Med 2006;3:450–454.

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