Do Pierced Nipples Make Sex Better? 10 Women Talk About How It Affects Them In Bed

We all know nipple stimulation feels good, but do nipple piercing make orgasms better? Research from The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 8, 2011 says that stimulating your nipples can increase sexual arousal, pleasure, and even lead to orgasm. According To Science Of Relationships:

"Female participants were asked to lie inside an fMRI machine and alternate between stimulating the clitoris, vagina, cervix, and nipple. An experimenter instructed the women to “comfortably” stimulate one of those body parts for 30 seconds, then to rest for 30 seconds before repeating the process with a different part of the body. All participants were asked to simulate themselves in the exact same way to keep the results as constant as possible (e.g., when it came to nipple stimulation, women were asked to use their right hand to “tap the left nipple rhythmically.”)

The researchers discovered that stimulation of the nipple activated an area of the brain known as the genital sensory cortex. This is the same brain region activated by stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, and cervix. What this means is that women’s brains seem to process nipple and genital stimulation in the same way.

Nipple piercings can increase sensitivity for some, but not everyone. Un-pierced nipples only have accessible nerve endings on the outside of the nipple, but a pierced nipple has nerve endings on the inside of the piercing that are stimulated by the jewelry.

So it would seem that nipple piercings have the potential to directly affect your sexual pleasure. I wanted to know how applicable the science is to real life, so I asked real women with nipple piercings about how it affects their sex life. I found that beyond evoking a physical reaction, nipple piercings provide the respondents with a sense of confidence and sexual prowess that altogether enhances their sexual experience:

1. *Amanda, 25:

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"Well, I like rough sex. If I'm about to come, either me or my boyfriend will pull on them or twist them, and it makes me come harder!"

2. *Maria, 28:

"Guys think my piercings are really hot. They love to roll them around on their tongue and play with them. Its a huge turn on during sex."

3. *Laura, 22:

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"My piercings don't enhance my pleasure per se, but they make me feel sexy and powerful, which makes the sex much better."

4. *Kaila, 20:

"I've always had very sensitive nipples, even before I got the piercings. Now, if i play with them during sex, it makes me feel more wet and aroused."

5. *Taylor, 27:

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"My piercings have made my nipples more sensitive, so when I'm having sex and anything touches them, I get more aroused and I feel a tingling sensation. It feels the best when the guy is on top."

6. *Julia, 23:

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"I love rough sex, so I always ask my boyfriend to pull on my piercings during foreplay and sex. They're fun to play with when we get really into BDSM play. My piercings have given me more room for experimenting."

7. *Ava, 25:

"Men love my nipple piercings. It's not something they see often, so it really turns them on, which makes the sex hotter and more intense."

8. *Savannah, 20:

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"My nipple piercings make me feel more confident and sexy. So I guess it makes me feel more in charge during sex."

9. *Mina, 28:

"My piercings haven't made sex better. They actually feel uncomfortable during sex because they're constantly being pushed on."

10. *Macy, 22:

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"My nipple piercings have increased my nipple sensitivity a lot. When a guy plays with them (the piercings) during sex, they make my nipples feel all tingly, which radiates throughout my body. Its almost like having another clit."

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