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.
The clitoris is an important part of any woman’s sex life, and deserves to be celebrated. We want to make sure that every woman (and men too) have an understanding of the mysterious and beautiful clitoris. Knowing where your clitoris is and how it works can lead to more and happier sex!
What is the clitoris?
The word “clitoris” comes from the Greek word key. Which makes sense when you think of the clitoris as the key to the gateway of orgasms. The clitoris is a sensitive organ that contains 8,000 super sensitive nerve endings. That’s a whole lot compared to the penis that only has about 4,000. This is why even the slightest touch or vibration can set the clitoris off and result in mind blowing orgasms.
The clitoris starts forming in the womb at about 12 weeks. During this time, every baby’s genitalia begin to differentiate into a penis or labia, and your biological sex is determined. The similarities between a clitoris and a penis are shocking, even though we all know which one is more powerful (clitoris!). In many ways, the clitoris and penis are the same materials just constructed differently. The clitoris has glans, a foreskin or a hood, erectile tissue and a miniature shaft, just like a penis.
The parts of the clitoris:
The clitoris is more than just a nub. Most women don’t realize that only one quarter of the entire clitoris is visible. The rest of it is located inside the body. The internal parts of the clitoris surrounds the vagina like a band, wrapping around the sides of the vaginal walls.
The clitoris is a complex and fascinating organ. 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, which is what we commonly think of when we think about the clitorisCredits: Wikipedia
How does it work?
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, the clitoris only get 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.
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 the clitoris is often compared to the penis, 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.
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 the clitoris for sexual pleasure. The clitoris plays a large role in sexual arousal and orgasms for women. Only 30 percent of women are able to reach orgasm solely through penetration, otherwise known a vaginal orgasm. It’s not uncommon for women to need clitoral stimulation to reach orgasm, and it’s highly likely that you can orgasm from clitoral stimulation alone. When you have a vaginal orgasm, it is often because the internal parts of the clitoris have been stimulated. Several parts of the clitoris 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.
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!