“The areola responds to very light touch – simply running lips or fingers across it can cause it to tense up pleasurably, responding particularly well to temperature,” says psychiatrist and sex expert and therapistMadeleine M Castellanos. “To prompt the greatest sensation wait until the areola tenses up then gently stretch it between your fingers,” she adds.
Best for Smaller nipples The areolae of women with smallish nipples are far more dense in nerve endings than the nipples themselves.
“This is an extremely sensitive but often overlooked area due to man’s obsessions with nipples and cleavage,” says Castellanos. “Stroke all along the length of the side of her breast with your fingers and then move into a more circular pressure, which increases the flow of oxytocin to heighten the intensity of her orgasms.”
Best for Large breasts While women with bigger boobs can find that their nipples are less responsive, the sides of their breasts are highly sensitive to any stimulation.
“Women want to feel their breasts being lifted, not pulled down – so cup the breasts in your hand and push up gently,” says Mikaya Heart, author of The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women. “This will not only make her feel good physically, it will also make her boobs look buoyant and round, relaxing her mentally, too.”
Best for Drooping breasts “Lifting them relieves the tension on the nerves in the breast and appeases their fears about lovers being alienated by their slightly sagging breasts,” says Heart.
“The area from the collar bone down over the top of the cleavage is more sensitive than the bottom of the cleavage,” says Castellanos. “Use the pads of your fingers, rather than your fingertips or nails.” If you want to get more than your hands in her cleavage – and let’s be honest, you do – invest in some massage oil first.
Best for Breast implants Women with augmented breasts especially enjoy the surface of their cleavage being pleasured, as the nerve-endings here are unaffected by the implants.