According to Natalie Anger’s, “Woman: An Intimate Geography” nearly 30% of women have no clue where their clitoris is located. Even more men couldn’t identify a clitoris if you held it in front of their face. Why is this? The clitoris has been a mystery of the human anatomy since the dawn of time. Still to this day it isn’t quite fully understood.
This organ is an important part of any woman’s sex life, and deserves to be known and celebrated. Let’s get fully acquainted!
What is the clitoris?
More than the eyes can meet
The clitoris is more than just the visible nub you see tucked between the labia. It is a complex and fascinating organ, that is part of women’s genitals and that spans from its visible glans to a wishbone internal structure wrapped around the vagina. Because of its anatomy, that we are going to detail, it plays a key role in women’s pleasure and is definitely worth your attention!
A surprising organ
Clitorises come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are large and highly visible; some are smaller and more tucked away under the hood. They can even be positioned differently on the vulva, closer or further away from the vaginal opening. The clitoris is an ever-changing organ, especially when you realize that it never stops growing! From the womb and onwards for the rest of a woman’s life, tit only gets bigger. When a woman is 32 years old, her clitoris is double the size it was when she first started puberty. This is probably why many older women claim to have better sex and easier orgasms, because their clitorises are bigger and therefore easier to stimulate with less effort.
What is it made of?
The genesis of the clitoris
Our favourite organ starts forming in the womb at about 12 weeks. It comes from the same embryo tissue as the penis does, which is why the similarities between a clitoris and a penis are many. Both have a glans, a hood with foreskin, both are made of erectile tissue and become erect when aroused.
What’s inside matters
It’s made up of many different parts, including the clitoral head, the hood, the shaft, the urethral sponge, erectile tissue, glands, vestibular bulbs and the crura (or the clitoral legs). The only parts that are located outside the body are the clitoral head and the hood.
It has s lot of nerves!
The clitoris contains 8,000 super sensitive nerve endings. That’s a whole lot compared to the penis that only has about 4,000. Additionally, it interacts with over 15,000 additional nerve endings throughout the pelvic floor. This is why even the slightest touch or vibration can set it off and result in mind blowing orgasms.
How does the clitoris work?
The clitoris has one job only: pleasure
The clitoris is the only human organ that’s sole purpose is for pleasure. You may be asking, but what about the penis? It’s true that they are often compared, both having similar constructions and tissue. The penis has multiple purposes other than pleasure, including urinating and reproducing. While the clitoris on the other hand has no role in the reproductive system, nor does it have a urethra running through it. The only function the clitoris has is to give women pleasure, which is pretty amazing if you think about it.
All orgasms are clitoral orgasms
Every female mammal has a clitoris, which is not something we often think about. Humans are one of the few species that has evolved to use this organ for sexual pleasure. It plays a large role in sexual arousal and orgasms for women. Only 30 percent of women are able to reach orgasm solely through penetration. Most women need clitoral stimulation to reach orgasm, and it’s highly likely that you can orgasm from clitoral stimulation alone. When you have what feels like a vaginal orgasm, it is the internal parts of the clitoris that are being stimulated. Indeed, several parts of it can be accessed through the vaginal walls during sex. That just shows you exactly how powerful the little, tiny tip of the clitoris truly is.
It can go for several rounds!
A delightful characteristic of the clitoris is to have, usually, a short refractory period. Which means that it can be stimulated quite quickly after a first orgasm. Hence the possibility of multiple orgasms!
Enjoy your clitoris!
No matter the shape or size of your clitoris, know that it is a beautiful and mysterious organ women are lucky to have! When it comes to our clitoris, science still has a long way to go in discovering its biological purpose and exactly how it functions. But in the meantime, let’s all explore and take advantage of this great organ that exists for the sole purpose of women’s pleasure! Befre we leave you, we want to invite you to grab a mirror and say “Hello” to this fantastic organ you have been blessed with!