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Boobies! Fact and Fiction

Dr. Jess     
Breasts are often at the forefront of sex play and are a lovely, beautiful part of the female body.

Breasts! Also referred to as ta-tas, love pillows, boobies, titties and melons, breasts are often at the forefront of sex play and are a lovely, beautiful part of the female body.

We hear a lot about breast health and the importance of checking them regularly as part of the breast cancer screening process and this message is of paramount importance, so please do be sure to check your breasts.

There is, however, a lot more to our mammary glands than health and cancer prevention alone. Here are a few fun breast facts:

There are many sizes and shapes.

Size doesn’t matter when it comes to sexual pleasure. Breasts come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colours and even textures and while women’s breasts seem to be getting bigger (likely due to body weight increases), breast size does not impact a woman’s experience of physical pleasure. One factor that does seem to influence sensitivity and pleasure is the menstrual cycle and fluctuating hormone levels with many women reporting greater sensitivity during ovulation and less sensitivity during the first two weeks of their cycle.

They can grow when aroused.

Breasts get bigger when touched — sometimes. While size may not matter, it is good to know that breast size can fluctuate with hormonal changes, weight loss/gain and arousal. During the sexual response cycle, women’s breasts can increase in size due to swelling and the response of erectile tissue, but this size increase is only temporary.

Don't just focus on the nipple!

The nipples aren’t the only parts of the breast that respond to stimulation. Yes. I’ve heard many-a-man proclaim that the nipple is the breast, but it’s really only one small (or not-so-small) part of the very erogenous breast. Research actually suggests that women describe the area directly above the areola as the most sensitive to sexual touch. Check it out!

They're all different. All of them.

No two breasts are the same. That’s right. There are always differences between the right and left breast and for many women, the left breast tends to be slightly bigger than the right.

We both look.

Both men and women stare at breasts. Yup! Nearly half of men admit that the first thing they notice about a woman is her breasts and a UK-based study found that a whopping 90% of women check out other women’s chests several times daily!

Boobs can lead to orgasm.

Breast play can lead to orgasms for some women. Touching and kissing the breasts can result in the release of oxytocin, the pleasure hormone associated with bonding, arousal, orgasm and uterine contractions. Like all things sexual, breast orgasms are not a circus trick and while orgasmic response ultimately originates in the brain, getting creative with breast play may have some potentially climactic results.

Bear in mind that since no two breasts are alike, every woman will enjoy different degrees of pressure and touch. Some may love a powerful grab while others may not enjoy skin-to-skin contact and since there really is no such thing as “normal” when it comes to sex, the only way to know what your partner likes is to ask. From hard biting to gentle teasing through a thick sweater and everything in between, the breasts are just one region of your full-body canvas, so love them, enjoy them and be sure to take care of them for both your health and pleasure. Until next time, have fun, experiment and always practice safer sex.

Dr. Jess

"An award-winning speaker, Jess has worked with thousands of couples from all corners of the globe to transform their relationships via her wildly successful Marriage As A Business program. From Prague and Istanbul to Albuquerque and New York City, her relationship retreats receive rave reviews from some of the most powerful couples in the world who are drawn to her enthusiastic, practical and no-nonsense approach to happily ever after. Jess's doctoral research focused on sexual health and relationship education and she is passionate about accessible, classroom-based education. When she isn't globetrotting for speaking engagements, she volunteers with students, teachers and social service organizations to empower young people to embrace healthy, happy relationships. As a global ambassador for several brands, Jess contributes regularly to the biggest names in international media. You'll find her advice weekly in the likes of Women's Health, Men's Fitness, Cosmopolitan, SELF, Showtime and The Movie Network. Her insights into couple' issues reaches millions of homes across America as the host of the hit reality series Swing, which just capped its fifth season on PlayboyTV. Canadian-born and Chinese-Jamaican and Irish by descent, Dr. Jess loves ultimate frisbee, crab, airplane turbulence, cheese and red wine. Makes perfect sense, right?"
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