Sexual stimulation is any stimulus including bodily contact that leads to, enhances and maintains sexual arousaland may lead to orgasm. Although sexual arousal may arise without physical stimulationachieving orgasm usually requires physical sexual stimulation. The term sexual stimulation often implies stimulation of the genitalsbut may also include stimulation of other areas of the body, stimulation of the senses such as sight or hearing and mental stimulation i.
Sufficient stimulation of the penis in males and the clitoris in females usually results in an orgasm. Some people practice orgasm controlwhereby a person or their sexual partner controls the level of sexual stimulation to delay orgasm, and to prolong the sexual experience leading up to orgasm. Sexual pleasure wiki sexual stimulation usually consists of touching the genitals or other zones.
Masturbationerotic massagesexual intercourse, a handjob or fingering are types of physical sexual stimulation involving the genitals. Sexual arousal is usually triggered through sensitive nerves in these body parts,  which cause the of pleasure-causing chemicals endorphins that act as mental rewards to pursue such stimulation. A person may also become sexually aroused by touching another person's Sexual pleasure wiki or other body parts.
The purpose of sex toys is to provide pleasure and stimulation through an alternative route than just using people's bodies.
They can be used by someone on their own, with partnered sex, or group sex. They can be exciting and provide new types of stimulation that the body cannot produce, such as vibrations. Sex toys have been used as a source of sexual stimulation for thousands of years.
There have been dildos found from the Palaeolithic era made of Siltstone and polished to a high gloss. Dildos were also made of camel dung and with resin. It Sexual pleasure wiki known that dildos were used for fertility rituals however.
The Ancient Greeks created their dildos from a carved penis covered in leather or animal intestines to create a more natural feel. Ancient Chinese dildos were made of bronze or other
Sexual pleasure wiki and some were hollow allowing them to be filled with liquid to simulate an ejaculation.
In Persia, they thought that the blood of the "Sexual pleasure wiki" was unclean, and should be avoided by husbands. On the night before a lady's a local holy-man would come and break her hymen with a large stone dildo, a ritual also used to confirm the virginity of the bride.
There are many areas through which a person can be sexually stimulated, other than the genitals. To name a few, the nipples, thighs, lips, and neck can all provide sexual stimulation when touched.
One study  administered a questionnaire about sexual activity to participants and found that Research using  brain-scanning technology found that stimulating Sexual pleasure wiki in women resulted in the activation of the genital area of the sensory cortex.
The research suggests the sensations are genital orgasms caused by nipple stimulationand may also be directly linked to "the genital area of the brain".
Nipple stimulation may trigger uterine contractions, which then produce a sensation in the genital area of the brain. In the California Institute of Technology  measured brain responses in heterosexual males as they were having their inner thighs touched whilst being MRI scanned. They were either watching a video a woman touching their thigh or a man touching their thigh.
They reported more sexual pleasure when they thought it was the woman touching them the man, and this was reflected in their MRI scans with greater arousal of their somatosensory cortex.
It can be therefore concluded that the thighs are an area that can cause sexual stimulation when touched. Lips contain a huge number of nerve endings and are considered to be an erogenous zone. Men report experiencing more pleasure from the stimulation of their lips than women do see below for sex differences in stimulation.
In Sexual pleasure wiki to stimulation of the lips by touching, men can Sexual pleasure wiki visually stimulated by looking at a woman's lips.
It has also been  reported that men prefer women with fuller lips because they are an indicator of youth. Females reported neck stimulation as being more arousing than men did, and the nape of the neck was more arousing for both sexes than the back of the neck.
This table  shows the sex differences in erogenous zones and includes the top ten most arousing areas for both sexes. Each body part was rated out of ten for how arousing it is when touched. Apart from body
Sexual pleasure wiki exclusive to one gender such as the penis or clitoris, many of the erogenous zones "Sexual pleasure wiki" similar and contain lots of nerve endings.
They suggested also that women experience more areas of greater arousal than men do. The excitation-transfer theory states that existing arousal in the body can be transformed into another type of arousal. For example, Sexual pleasure wiki people can be sexually stimulated from residual arousal arising from something such as exercise, being transformed into another type of arousal such as sexual arousal. In one study  participants performed some physical exercise and at different stages of recovery to watch an erotic film and rate how aroused it made them feel.
They found that participants who were still experiencing excitatory residues from the exercise rated Sexual pleasure wiki film as more arousing than those who had fully recovered from the exercise.
This suggests that the remaining arousal from the exercise was being transformed into sexual arousal without any external stimulation. The human sexual response is a dynamic combination of cognitive, emotional, and physiological processes. "Sexual pleasure wiki" the most common forms of sexual stimulation discussed are fantasy or physical stimulation of the genitals and other erogenous areas, sexual arousal may also be Sexual pleasure wiki through alternative routes such as visual, olfactory and auditory means.
Perhaps the most researched non-tactile form of sexual stimulation is visual sexual stimulation. Although seen socio-historically as an unacceptable form of ' sexual deviation ', it highlights the human tendency to find sexual stimulation through purely visual routes. The multibillion-dollar industry that is pornography is yet another example. A common presumption in society and the media is that men respond more strongly to visual sexual stimuli than do women. This is
Sexual pleasure wiki best exemplified by the Kinsey hypothesis that men are more prone to sexual arousal from visual stimulation than women  and, arguably, can be seen depicted through the "male glaze"  that dominates the pornography industry.
Nonetheless, both sexes can be sexually aroused through visual stimulation. In one study, visual stimulation was tested by means of an erotic video. Sexual pleasure wiki
Although significantly higher in the male group, sexual arousal was the main emotional reaction reported by both sexes. Their physiological responses to the video also showed characteristics of sexual arousal, such as increased urinary excretions of adrenaline.
Studies that use visual stimulation as a means for sexual stimulation find that sexual arousal is predominantly correlated with an activation in limbic and paralimbic cortex and in subcortical structures, along with a deactivation in several parts Sexual pleasure wiki the temporal cortex. These same areas are activated during physical sexual stimulation highlighting how powerful visual stimulation can be as a means of sexual arousal.
Olfactory information is critical to human sexual behavior. One study "Sexual pleasure wiki" olfactory sexual stimulation found that men experience sexual arousal "Sexual pleasure wiki" response to a female perfume. Individuals rated odourant stimulation and perceived sexual arousal.
They also had functional MRI scans taken during the experiment. The results showed that olfactory stimulation with women's perfume produces activation of specific brain areas associated with sexual arousal in men. Evolutionary analysis of sex differences in reproductive strategies can help explain the importance of smell in sexual arousal due to its link to immunological profile and offspring viability.
In one study, males rated visual and olfactory information as being equally important for selecting a lover, while females considered olfactory information to be the single most important variable in mate choice. Additionally, when considering sexual activity, females singled out body odour from all other sensory experiences as most able to negatively affect desire.
Auditory stimulants may also serve to intensify sexual arousal and the experience of pleasure. Making sounds during sexual arousal and sexual Sexual pleasure wiki is widespread among primates and humans. These include sighs, moans, strong expirations and inspirations, increased breathing rate and occasionally, at orgasm, screams of ecstasy. Many of Sexual pleasure wiki sounds "Sexual pleasure wiki" highly exciting to men and women, and act as strong reinforcers of sexual arousal, creating a powerful positive feedback effect.
Even when not coupled with "touching", sounds can be highly sexually arousing.
Commercial erotic material mainly produced for the market uses such sounds extensively. As early as the s and 30s, several genres of singers turned to "low moans" for erotic effect. Vaudeville Jazz singers often incorporated sex sounds into the narrative of the lyrics.
In one mood induction Sexual pleasure wiki, exposure to certain music resulted in significantly greater penile tumescence and subjective sexual arousal for men. Whilst the highest levels of physiological and subjective arousal were found for visual stimuli, spoken-text was found to elicit sexual arousal in men implicating sounds a means for sexual stimulation.
Sexual arousal includes feelings, attractions and desires, as well as physiological changes. Sexual fantasy is a form of mental sexual stimulation which many people engage in. Fantasy has less social or safety limits than in real life situations.
It gives people more freedom to experiment or think of things they could not necessarily try in real life and can be anything from imagining your spouse naked, to imagining a sexual experience with a mythical creature.
Common sexual fantasies include imagining activities with a loved partner, reliving past experiences and experiences with multiple partners of the opposite gender.
It is useful for research because it makes differences between male and female heterosexual preferences clearer than studies of behaviour. Many sexual fantasies are shared between men and women, possibly because of cultural influence.
Men are more likely than women to imagine being in a dominant or active role, whereas women are more likely to imagine themselves as passive participants. Women have a higher minimum parental investment than males they have 9 months of gestation prior birth and are then the main care givers, whereas men only have to provide sperm to ensure their genes are passed on and are therefore more likely to want commitment from their partner in order to gain resources to improve "Sexual pleasure wiki" offspring's chance of Sexual pleasure wiki. Fantasies can have benefits, such as increasing arousal more than other forms of sexual stimuli such as an erotic story and increasing sexual desire.
However, whether people are willing to open up to their partner generally depends on the content of such fantasies. Nocturnal orgasms, or " wet dreams " are when men ejaculate during sleep. These occur during REM rapid eye movement phases of sleep,  which is the main stage when humans dream. Sexual role-play is when people act out characters or
Sexual pleasure wiki which may sexually stimulate each other.
This can include fantasies discussed above and fetishessuch as BDSM bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism or Sexual pleasure wiki. It has been described by some as an adult form of L.
P live action role-play. Many adolescents find online role-play pleasurable and arousing. Role-play can also include sexual fanfictionwhere characters from well-known stories, that were not sexually or romantically together in the original story, are written into sexual scenes.
Slash fiction is a type of fan fiction where the characters of the same sex originally male-male engage in romantic or sexual activities. Slash fiction allows people the freedom to share stimulating things that can be counter-cultural. However, there may still be copyright or obscenity laws if posted onto a public forum or published.
From Wikipedia, the Sexual pleasure wiki encyclopedia. Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Orgasm is the sudden discharge of accumulated sexual excitement during the sexual response cycle, resulting in rhythmic muscular.
Human sexual activity, human sexual practice or human sexual behaviour is the manner in. Most people engage in sexual activity because of pleasure they derive from the arousal of their sexuality, especially if they can achieve orgasm. Human sexuality is the way people experience and express themselves sexually. This involves Examples of these include Jewish views on sexual pleasure
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