Sexual stimulation is any stimulus including bodily contact that leads to, enhances and maintains sexual arousal , and may lead to orgasm. Although sexual arousal may arise without physical stimulation , achieving orgasm usually requires physical sexual stimulation. The term sexual stimulation often implies stimulation of the genitals , but may also include stimulation of other areas of the body, stimulation of the senses such as sight or hearing and mental stimulation i. Sufficient stimulation of the penis in males and the clitoris in females usually results in an orgasm. Some people practice orgasm control , whereby a person or their sexual partner controls the level of sexual stimulation to delay orgasm, and to prolong the sexual experience leading up to orgasm. Physical sexual stimulation usually consists of touching the genitals or other erogenous zones. Masturbation , erotic massage , sexual intercourse, a handjob or fingering are types of physical sexual stimulation involving the genitals. Sexual arousal is usually triggered through sensitive nerves in these body parts,  which cause the release of pleasure-causing chemicals endorphins that act as mental rewards to pursue such stimulation. A person may also become sexually aroused by touching another person's genitals or other body parts. The purpose of sex toys is to provide pleasure and stimulation through an alternative route than just using people's bodies.
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