Listing your favorite places to be touched during sex can feel like an adult version of the song "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" (although, TBH, those four can be a pretty good place to start). Whether you totally lose it when someone kisses your neck or love getting rubbed on your back, discovering new underrated erogenous zones to stimulate may change everything you thought you knew about getting frisky.
According to Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, OB/GYN at Yale-New Haven Hospital and clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine, erogenous zones are parts of the body with a surplus of nerve-endings. While you may already know some more common ones, like your genitals or nipples, erogenous zones can take many shapes and sizes.
"Anything can be an erogenous zone!" Dr. Minkin tells Elite Daily. "One of the most important things that a couple can do is to communicate to each other what each one's zones are so that they can maximize good feelings."
Of course, the most crucial part of exploring new zones is first and foremost discussing consent. Although experimenting and trying new things can be sexy, it's more important to be on the same page.
If you're ready to explore together, here are the 10 most underrated pleasure spots to play with.
Though you may enjoy using your mouth to, ahem, stimulate other zones, your lips are one of the most sensitive parts of your body, with close to a million nerve-endings in them. From kissing to gentle biting, incorporating more lip play into your routine may send you over the edge.
There are so many songs with raunchy lyrics about licking toes that it can be hard to pick just one. For a lot of people, touching or stimulating their feet during sex can be a real game-changer. Feet don't get a lot of attention during the day, so the active stimulation can be welcomed surprise.
3. Inner Thighs
Your inner thighs are another sensitive body part that don't always get a lot of love. If you boo is already pleasuring you orally, having them stimulate your inner thighs with their fingers or tongue can really get you going.
While smelling your parter's body may be enough to turn you on, there's tissue in the nose that can actually become "aroused," or rather, fill up with blood when you're feeling sexy. From rubbing noses to giving little kisses, stimulating the tip of your nose may really do it for you.
5. Back Of Your Knees Or Inner Elbows
Though it may sound awkward, stimulating the back of someone's knees or their inner elbows may send them waves of pleasure. These are sensitive body parts that are not frequently touched, so giving them some extra attention can be surprisingly sexy.
Say what you will about "butt stuff," but there are plenty of ways to stimulate your behind that don't involve penetration. From tickling to touching or using toys, don't get afraid to explore the back door. Like your genitals, your booty has a ton of nerve-endings that can feel pleasurable to stimulate.
A scalp massage may be the thing you didn't know you were missing. The head is a super-sensitive area of the body, and being stimulated in a careful manner can be extra sexy.
After you verbally consent, you can use your ears for some extra sexy fun. Earlobes have a ton of nerve-endings and can send waves of happiness down your spine when they're licked or touched.
Like lips, you may overlook your hands by thinking they're solely what do the stimulating. However, the palm of your hand and your fingers are incredibly sensitive. From kissing your palms to sucking on your fingers or holding hands for an extended period of time, hands deserve more credit than they're given.
10. Anywhere That Feels Good!
"Erogenous zones are pretty lax and ever-changing," Gigi Engle, certified sex coach, sexologist, and author of All The F*cking Mistakes: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life, tells Elite Daily. "You might find one on your body that you haven't heard of before. You may find that something 'unusual' feels amazing." As Engle and Dr. Minkin share, erogenous zones are different for everyone and can be literally any part of your body. As long as everything is consensual, play with exploring around. You might just find your new sweet spot.
Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, OB/GYN at Yale-New Haven Hospital and clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine
Gigi Engle, certified sex coach, sexologist, and author of All The F*cking Mistakes: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life