Dr. Brotto tells women what they should know about pleasure mapping.
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This is a fascinating area where the field of spinal cord injury has really made some really good advances. So we know in many women, many individuals with spinal cord injury that there’s a lack of sensation in the genitals, so the very centers that were the source of sexual pleasure for these individuals is now gone and it’s not reversible. So these women, by default, have to force themselves to find other erogenous zones in their body, and so pleasure mapping really is a process of engaging with and exploring with direct touch, all of the different parts of your body from your forearm to the back of your neck, to your breast, to the tip of your toe and finding those erogenous zones. Some really good research in spinal cord-injured women finding that not only can they learn to reach orgasm by touching these other parts of their body that maybe they weren’t aware of before, but they can actually create orgasm by thinking: thinking erotic thoughts, thinking sexual thoughts. So pleasure mapping really is mapping out the body head to toe and finding the other parts that create some sexual pleasure for them.