A new scientific study published last week has identified the brain region linked to genital touch in women, and found that it was more developed in volunteers who reported having more s3x.
The research involved stimulating the clitorises of 20 adult females while their brains were scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
The researchers clarify that the paper, published in the journal JNeurosci, does not answer questions like whether having a larger area devoted to genital stimulation makes women more sensitive to touch.
It also doesn’t tell us whether having a more developing brain region devoted to genital touch prompts more intercourse, or whether more intercourse expands the region, like working out a muscle.
But the results could be used in future to target treatments for people who have, for example, been impacted by sexual violence, or have sexual dysfunction.
“It’s completely under studied, how the female genitals are represented in the somatosensory cortex in humans, and whether it has at all the capacity to change in relation to experience or use,” co-author Christine Heim, a professor of medical psychology at Charite University Hospital in Berlin, told AFP.