TORONTO — What turns women on? Researchers in Montreal have identified the body parts most sensitive to touch.
A team at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) found the neck, forearms and vaginal margin are the most sensitive to light touch and the clitoris and nipples are most sensitive to both pressure and vibration.
Researchers Dany Cordeau, Marc Bélanger, Dominic Beaulieu-Prévost and Frédérique Courtois asked 30 women aged between 18 and 35 years old to be blindfolded and lie naked on a table covered in a bed sheet.
They used instruments to apply various forms of touch for 1.5 seconds and then waited five seconds before asking the women what they felt.
“The aim of this study was to provide normative data on sensory detection thresholds of three sensory modalities on the perineum and breast,” the team explained in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The researchers said the study was the first of its kind.
The areola was found to be the least sensitive to light touch while the side of the breasts and abdomen were the least sensitive to pressure.
Factors such as breast volume, body mass index, hormonal contraception, menstrual cycle, and sexual orientation did not appear to influence the results but the researchers found abstinence and body piercings may have some impact.