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Female Sexual Anatomy



The Breasts

Although the breasts are not reproductive organs, they are clearly part of sexual anatomy. There is a common fallacy that  big- breasted female has become an almost universal sex symbol, but there that a woman with large breasts has definite sexual advantage. This has led to number of harmful misconception. For example, men and women alike come to believe that the larger a woman’s breasts are, the more sexually excitable she is or can become. Another fallacy, still firmly subscribe to by many men, holds that the relatively flat-chested woman is less able to respond sexually and actually has little, if any, interest in sex.

The fact is that there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that breast size bears any relation to a woman’s level of sexual interest, to her capacity for sexual response, or to the ease with which she attains orgasm. Actually, many women experience very little sexual sensation when their breasts are fondled or caressed, and this is as true of those with large breasts as it is of those with small ones. Furthermore, the woman who does become sexually excited when her breasts are stimulated does so regardless of their size.

For all their erotic significance, breasts are actually just modified sweat glands. The female breasts undergo changes in size and shape during puberty, gradually becoming conical or hemispherical with the left breast usually slightly larger than the right. Each breast contains fifteen to twenty subdivided lobes of glandular tissue arranged in a grapelike cluster, with each lobe drained by a duct opening on the surface of the nipple. The glandular lobes are surrounded by fatty and fibrous tissue, giving a soft consistency to the breast.

The nipple is located at the tip of the breast and mostly consists of smooth muscle fibers and a network of nerve endings that make it highly sensitive to touch and temperature. The dark wrinkled skin of the nipple extends 1 or 2 centimeters onto the surface of the breast to form an areola, a circular area of dark skin with many nerve fibers and with muscle fibers that cause the nipple to stiffen and become erect.

The sexual sensitivity of the breast, areola, and nipple do not depend upon breast size or shape. Personal preference, learned habit, and biology all contribute to their responsiveness. Nevertheless, the American male's fascination with female breasts leads many woman who consider themselves “flat-chested ` or “underdeveloped` to seek to improve their sexual attractiveness and self-esteem by the use of exercise, lotions or mechanical devices such as suction machines to enlarge the breasts. These methods, though widely advertised, do not work. For this reason, so- called breast augmentation surgery has become popular. In the past, liquid silicone was injected directly into the breasts to increase their size, but this technique proved to be highly unsatisfactory since it led to many medical complications. Today, soft thin plastic pouches filled with silicon gel are implanted through a simple breast incision to increase breast size while retaining a natural-appearing and soft-feeling breast.

Conversely, some women are troubled by breasts that are too large. This condition, called mammary hyperplasia or macromastia, can be treated by reduction mammaplasty, a fairly simple operation to reduce breast size and weight. Other common breast problems include inverted nipples (the nipples are pushed inward). A harmless anatomical variation that does not interfere with nursing, and extra nipples, which are minor errors of development that have no adverse health consequences but may be a source of embarrassment.


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