Dr. Brotto tells women what they need to know about pleasure mapping.
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.
About Dr. Brotto, Ph.D., R. Psych.:
Dr. Lori Brotto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia and a Registered Psychologist with the BC College of Psychologists. She conducts research on women’s sexual health and difficulties, develops and test psycho-educational interventions for women with sexual desire and arousal complaints, and studies additional sexual health topics including, culture and sexuality, hormones and sexual desire, cancer and sexuality, HPV and sexuality, and asexuality. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia and trained at the University of Washington, completing a one-year internship in the Department of Psychiatry, and two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Reproductive and Sexual Medicine.
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