The clitoris is a part of your reproductive anatomy. For those who haven’t already discovered (and we’re not judging), it is located at the top of your vulva, above the vaginal opening. It is a bean-shaped organ that can become erect when stimulated, much like a man’s penis!
This amazing organ comes in various shapes and sizes, unique to every woman, just like other organs. Despite its small size, it is far from insignificant, particularly in your sex life. Here are five essential things you should know about your clitoris, so you can get to know her better:
- 75% of women need their clitoris stimulated to reach orgasm
Only a small number of women can reach orgasm through intercourse alone. Most women require stimulation of their clitoris to climax! However, there are some women whose clitorises are hypersensitive to stimulation, making it uncomfortable or unenjoyable for them to have their clitoris stimulated.
- It is bigger than you might think
While the clitoris appears very small, three-fourths of it, known as the clitoral complex, is actually hidden inside the female body. It can measure up to 12 cm in length! The internal part of the clitoris is not visible externally and requires medical imaging techniques, such as ultrasound or MRI, to fully visualise its extent.
- It grows when you’re turned on
Just like a man’s penis, the clitoris enlarges when aroused! It is referred to as the female homologue of the male penis for a reason. Blood rushes to it, causing it to swell in size and giving the vulva a deeper colour as well.
- The clitoris contains 8,000 nerve endings
The clitoral glans, which is the visible part of the clitoris at the top of the vulva, houses the majority of these nerve endings. It is highly sensitive to touch, and direct stimulation can elicit pleasurable sensations. It’s no surprise that it’s so sensitive, as it contains twice as many nerve endings as the tip of a man’s penis!
- The only goal: pleasure
As the most sensitive pleasure zone of the body, the clitoris doesn’t play a role in human reproduction. This means its sole purpose is to bring us pleasure! Explore the clitoris on your own or with your partner to discover the best ways to maximise your pleasure, tailored to what your body loves.