You might’ve heard about the clitoris being called the love button, but it’s so much more than that! Here are 17 facts every woman should know about the clitoris—it’s truly amazing.
You think of your clit as really small, but that part you can feel is just the glans. Inside your body, the internal part of the clitoris is attached to the glans by two pieces of erectile tissue called the corpora cavernosa. These branch out into a pair of wings called the crura. These move further into the body and actually go around the vagina in the shape of a wishbone. Underneath them, there are vestibular bulbs that fill up with blood when you get turned on.
How big is it exactly?
This might shock you, but the whole clitoris is about the size of a medium-sized zucchini, which means it’s a penis!
It’s the female equivalent of a boner.
Yup, the clitoris can become erect and hard during arousal. It’s even made of the same spongy substance as what’s found in a penis’s erectile tissue.
It has a foreskin.
The clitoris has a hood that’s exactly like a foreskin. It covers and protects the sensitive glans. You can even feel it. If you press it a bit with your fingers, you’ll feel the skin wiggle around in the same way as a foreskin does.
The glans has 8,000 nerve endings.
This is a bundle of nerves but in a good way! It gives you amazing orgasms. When compared to nerve endings men have in their penises, the clitoris has two to three times the amount!
You can have multiple clitoral orgasms.
This is thanks to how your clit holds onto blood that engorges it during arousal, making you orgasm more than once.
It doesn’t come standard.
Women have different clitorises when it comes to their color and size – everyone is unique! And, of course, there are also differences when it comes to how they feel when stimulated. For some women, light touches are enough to get them aroused or make them climax because their clitoris is so sensitive, whereas for others a harder touch is needed.
It doesn’t stop growing.
Your clitoris actually keeps growing through your life! By the time you hit menopause, it’s likely to be around two times bigger than when you were a teen. This might be linked to greater clitoral pleasure, but that’s not guaranteed. (Sorry.)
It’s got one job.
And that is to give you an enormous amount of pleasure! Woo-hoo!
It needs to be lubricated.
You might give your vaginal opening lots of lube during sex, but don’t skip the clit. Although it sometimes doesn’t seem to need any lubrication, other times it does. Most of a woman’s natural lube comes from the vagina, so if there’s not enough there, stimulating the clitoris might not feel as pleasurable.
It’s tied to how easily (or not) you achieve vaginal orgasms.
Where the clitoris is placed can vary from one woman to another. If it’s further away from the vaginal opening, this can make it more difficult for you to achieve orgasm. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 10 out of 30 women said they had difficulties when trying to orgasm, and they had clitorises which were further away from their vaginal openings. The “lucky distance” the clitoris should be from the vaginal opening to achieve orgasm is 2.5 cm.
Some sexual positions can stimulate the clit.
If you battle to reach orgasm during vaginal sex, try this spin on the missionary position to stimulate the clitoris: your sexual partner lies on top of you and moves up a bit so your legs are around his thighs, which enables him to make better contact with the clitoris. Or go on top, so you can control how the penis touches the clitoris.
The clitoris is important AF for sexual pleasure.
Don’t neglect your clit during sex! It’s really important for you to gain the most sexual stimulation, especially if you consider that most women can’t reach orgasm from penetrative sex alone. Up to 75 percent of women need clitoral stimulation to climax.
It’s an amazing orgasm.
Not only can you achieve multiple clitoral orgasms, but the average “C-orgasm” can last up to 30 seconds. It can also have up to 16 contractions!
It never ages.
While men have to worry about erection problems as they age, it’s good to know that the clitoris never ages. It’s the same when you’re 80 years old as when you were 20. Winning!
But it does have a pleasure limit per sex session.
Once you’ve stimulated your clitoris and experienced an orgasm, you can’t really go back right away and try again – if you do, you’ll probably feel discomfort or pain because it’s so sensitive. The best thing to do is give it a rest for a while.
It’s an oxytocin powerhouse.
A clitoral orgasm releases a ton of oxytocin, a hormone that’s known as the love hormone. When it enters the brain, oxytocin can affect one’s emotions. It’s been known to reduce stress, boost feelings of trust, and increase relaxation.
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