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What pops into your mind when you think about erogenous zones? When it comes to sex and intimacy, body parts like the vulva, penis, and breasts tend to get most of the spotlight. But what about other areas of the body that can enhance pleasure? If you’re curious to discover new erogenous zones for yourself or your partner, stick around for some helpful tips on how to find your next go-to sweet spot. 

Start With Mindfulness


Like with any other part of sex, being mindful and present is key. A great place to start is with the self-pleasure routine you’re already comfortable with. Whether you usually masturbate with a vibrator or with your hand, slow down and pay close attention to each sensation. Which part of your vulva feels best when stroked? Are you a fan of lighter or firmer pressure? Where does your free hand naturally drift as you lean into pleasure? 


You may be wondering how this type of mindfulness can help you find new erogenous zones. When we take the time to slow down and be more intentional about pleasure, we can often pick up new insights about what we like and which body parts to explore. Think of masturbation mindfulness as a warm-up before venturing off to new territories on your body. Once you get intimately familiar with what already feels good to you, you’ll be that much more prepared for finding new sensual spots. 

What Body Parts Feel Sexy to You?


With pleasure an intimacy being so uniquely personal, a great tool for mapping out your erogenous zones is your intuition. Is there a part of your body you especially love? Which crevices or corners excite you the most on a partner? Once you have a few body parts in mind, start incorporating them into solo or partnered play. For example, you could begin with manual stimulation using gentle strokes or massages. If you’re up for it, you may also want to whip out your favorite toy or vibrator and see how the sensation changes. Ultimately, you’ll want to let your intuition guide you as you poke and prod at your pleasure zones. 

Pick a Spot, Any Spot


If you don’t have a particular body part in mind, why not just pick one and see how things go? As we mentioned earlier, sometimes the more obvious sexual parts of the body get the most attention during sex. That’s why it’s helpful to have some erogenous zone thought starters to inspire your exploration. Here are a few erogenous zones you may not have thought to experiment with. 


  1. Ears


Considering how sensitive the ears are, it’s no wonder they can be powerful pleasure hot spots. Not only are they very close to other sexy areas like the mouth and neck, but they’re also extra sensitive to temperature, stroking, nibbling, or kissing. If you’re into dirty talk, the ears can also be an amazing source of pleasure. As you or your partner strokes and stimulates your ear, they can simultaneously whisper sexy sweet nothings. 

  1. Armpits


Let’s give it up for one of the most underappreciated erogenous zone out there: the armpits! But why? The armpits are an especially sensitive part of the body. While some people may have ticklish armpits, the right kind of stimulation could lead to some pleasurable sensations. For example, a feather-light touch up and down the armpit could enhance the pleasure of masturbation or partnered sex. Alternatively, some people enjoy the sensation of a tongue or the feeling of a vibrator on this area. 

  1. Back of the Knee


While many people consider legs to be especially sexy parts of the body, what about the back of the legs? Right behind your knee lives a particularly sensitive area. You may not normally pay much attention to this area, but experimenting with different sexy sensations behind your knees could lead to a big pleasure payoff. Since this area is located on your legs, the back of the knee is an easy pitstop as you or your partner rubs and caresses your body. Specifically, you could try running gentle, small circles on this area with a finger or toy to see how it boosts pleasure.  

  1. Scalp


Perhaps one of the lesser-known erogenous zones, the scalp is actually a fantastic body part to incorporate into sexytime. Why? Firstly, the scalp isn’t moved as often as other parts of your skin, which means that massaging this area can feel especially pleasurable and relaxing. Plus, your scalp is also the place where your hair grows from. This means that the pleasure and stimulation of having your scalp caressed can be compounded with the sensation of having your hair stroked. Think of it as a two-for-one pleasure bundle!

  1. Lower Back


Some people find that having their lower back stroked during sex or foreplay helps amp up the pleasure. This part of your back is in close proximity to other sensual areas on your torso including the vulva and anus. Since it’s conveniently located around powerful pleasure centers on the body, you or your partner can easily stimulate your lower back along with other hot spots. For example, if you’re receiving oral sex, your partner could hook one hand around you and rub gently up and down your lower back. Or if you’d rather have your lower back touched during foreplay, you could try having your partner lick or stroke this area while using a toy of their hand to stimulate your clitoris. 


Luckily for everyone, there are as many erogenous zones as there are body parts. From the top of your head to the tips of your toes, you’ll likely never run out of areas to explore on yourself or your partner. Remember that what feels good to you is deeply personal and unique, so don’t be discouraged if it takes you a few tries to find your new favorite hot spot. As always, we wish you joy, fun, and pleasure as you continue to explore your body. 

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This article was written by Giselle Hernandez. She is a freelance sexual health and wellness copywriter with six years of experience writing blogs, website content, social media captions, digital ads, product descriptions, and collateral materials for clients. Check out her website to learn more about her work.

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