Nipple/Breast Stimulation and Sexual Arousal in Young Men and Women
Version of Record online: 27 FEB 2006
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Volume 3, Issue 3, pages 450–454, May 2006
How to Cite
Levin, R. and Meston, C. (2006), Nipple/Breast Stimulation and Sexual Arousal in Young Men and Women. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 3: 450–454. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2006.00230.x
- Issue online: 27 FEB 2006
- Version of Record online: 27 FEB 2006
- Neurophysiological Studies of Sexual Function;
- Central Nervous System Control;
- Sexual Physiology;
- Sexual Biochemistry
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.