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What role does skin play in sexual satisfaction?

Mark Moyad
Urology
The skin is the largest organ of the body (not the penis, you egomaniacs). It has a surface area of about 15 feet and has sensitive nerve endings or receptors that respond to all kinds of feelings and emotions. Sensual touch, kissing and sucking can contribute to arousal or lubrication without even touching the genitals. And, skin-to-skin contact stimulates the production of the hormone oxytocin and releases endorphins, which increases bonding and pleasure. The nose, eyelids and lips are among the most sensitive spots on the body, as are the ears (outside and inside), the inner thighs, the small of the back and the area under the belly button. Those areas have a thin layer of skin with a lot of receptors underneath them. Other neglected zones of stimulation include the sides of the neck, the underside of the wrists, the perineum (area between the vagina and anus), the anus itself, the toes and between the toes. Many of these areas of the skin transmit messages to the brain’s sexual centers that then transmit a message to the genitals to prepare for sexual activity.

Interestingly, women are five to ten times more sensitive to touch as compared to men, which means men or other women need to consider this fact more when trying to arouse a female partner.
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