Navel fetishism

Navel fetishism
Closeup of female innie navel

Navel fetishism is a sexual fetish in which an individual is attracted to the human navel.[1][2][3]



Licking the navel is one of the primary turn-ons.

A navel fetishist, can be sexually aroused by a variety of stimuli, including key words, thoughts or specific forms of physical interaction with the navel.

Physical activity

Some navel fetishist find physical acts involving the navel to be turn-ons. Physical acts can include licking the navel with the tongue or rubbing body lotion or suntan oil. Some fetishists get a turn-on from pouring drops of champagne, honey, chocolate sauce, whipped cream etc., into and around the navel and then licking or sucking it up.[4]

The navel is an erogenous zone with a heightened sensitivity.[5] The navel and the region below when touched by the finger or the tip of the tongue result in the production of erotic sensations,[5][6] and some people are very ticklish to touch in that area. Some people can be aroused by tickling and teasing with a feather, flower or a piece of grass, especially when the person is ticklish in the navel.[7][8] Fingering the navel is also a common act.[9] Some others would love nothing more than to perform navel torture, a series of pain-inflicting acts such as piercing and stabbing the navel.[10]This attention is usually directed at a partner's navel, but may include a fixation on the fetishist's own navel.

Viewing & fantasizing activity

Some navel fetishists can be aroused by viewing a navel. In the case of a heterosexual man, women in bikini is one such example. Also women dressed in Low-rise clothing like jeans, shorts etc., that reveals the navel is also considered sexually arousing.[11]Belly dancers often have navel piercings or insert a ruby or other precious stones into their navels to make it look attractive when they perform.Such decorations also arouse when seen.[12]In India,navel exposure in low-rise saris is more common than western attire.[13]Sometimes just the thought of the navel is enough to stimulate.Some navel fetishists sexually fantasize about the above physical acts on a person's navel and even masturbate to attain sexual pleasure.[14]

Sexual nature of the navel

Visual resemblance

Due to its shape, appearance and proximity to female genitals, a female's navel is considered as a secondary vulva by some men.[15][16] In many classic paintings such as Danae and The Toilet of Bathshebah this resemblance has been considered.Thereby which the navel was used as a metaphor to denote the female's genital area.[17]


The navel not only acts as an erogenous zone but also used by some navel fetishists as a target of outercourse. Some men enjoy rubbing their penis around a navel. Some even try to involve in navel intercourse similar to mammary intercourse if a woman has sufficient skin around her waist .[18]

Mating Potential

Aki Sinkkonen at the University of Helsinki in Finland thinks that the navel may be an indicator of mating potential in fertile women.In his article in the The FASEB Journal, he proposes that the umbilicus, together with the surrounding skin area, is an honest signal of individual vigor.He suggests that the symmetry, shape, and position of umbilicus can be used to estimate the reproductive potential of fertile females, including risks of certain genetically and maternally inherited fetal anomalies.[19][20]

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