10 interesting facts about the clitoris

Clitoris, female erogenous organ capable of erection under sexual stimulation. A female homologue of the male penis, the clitoris develops (as does the penis) from the genital tubercle of the fetus, and it plays an important role in female sexual response… Thanks for the definition Encyclopædia Britannica!

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We all know (or should know) that the female body is fascinating, is capable of supporting life, and sexuality is so complicated, as interesting, so worth discovering. The great forgotten in these matters, usually the clitoris, a small, and capable of generating an immense sexual pleasure to the woman’s body. Want to know some interesting facts about the clitoris?

The clitoris contains at least 8,000 sensory nerve endings. To put that into perspective, the penis has about 4,000. That makes this tiny area the most sensitive part of a woman’s erogenous zone. And while the clitoris is quite small, its powerful sensations can spread across a woman’s pelvic area by affecting 15,000 other nerve endings.

Let’s take a look!

  1. The best for orgasm: While vaginal orgasms exist, only 30% of women get an orgasm with penetration alone. The rest requires some direct clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm.
  2. The clitoris is bigger than it looks: Only 1/4 of the clitoris is visible! Did you know that Marieclit Bonaparte—great-grandniece to the Napoleon Bonaparte had her clitoris surgically moved? Not removed (thank goodness), but moved. Closer to her vagina that is. The reason was simple. Like many women, she couldn’t orgasm from vaginal sex. At the time there was (and still is) evidence that if the space between the clitoris and vaginal opening is less than an inch, a woman is more likely to be able to orgasm through penetrative sex alone. The sad part, for Bonaparte at least, is that the surgery didn’t work. Here’s what she didn’t know: Only one quarter of the clitoris is visible. The rest of it is inside the body, which means this organ can’t really be picked up and moved. The clitoris is made up of many different parts, including the clitoral hood, the hood the clitoral shaft, the urethral sponge, the erectile tissue, glands, vestibular bulbs and the cure (or the clitoral legs). Only the clitoral head and the hood are located outside the body.
  3. It’s a Lot like a Penis: Yeah, after all, it is that we are not as different as we thought anatomically!, men and women are a lot more alike than most of us realize. Or, at least we start out that way. In fact, all babies, upon conception, have the exact same genital tissue. At about 12 weeks, each baby’s genitalia begin to differentiate into a penis or labia. So, in a sense, the clitoris and penis are the same materials put together in a different way. The clitoris has a glans, a foreskin (also known as the hood), erectile tissue and a teeny-tiny shaft. It even swells when it’s aroused! Good thing it’s mostly hidden—it saves the ladies from having to measure and compare with their friends…
  4. It grows: A woman’s clitoris changes through her life. When she hits puberty, it will start to increase in size and will grow by 1.8 times by the end of puberty. When a woman hits 32, her clitoris will be four times as big as it was at the end of puberty. And after menopause, it will have grown to be seven times larger than it was at birth. But don’t panic, you won’t notice it and it may explain why ladies report having better sex the older they get.clitoris facts, couples blogs, sexuality, llvclub
  5. Only one Purpose! The clitoris is the only human organ that exists for the sole purpose of providing sexual sensation. The clitoris are designed to bring pleasure. That is its sole purpose. No reproduction. A woman’s body includes a number of super-hot erogenous zones, but you might say many of those are sort of, well, incidental. So, while other body parts used for sexual pleasure have at least one other purpose to them, your clit is just there to get you off.
  6. What size? Some are small, some are big, some are hidden and some protrude rather a lot. Some increase in size when aroused, and others hide under the hood. Some require a lot of pressure, others prefer a very gentle touch. Each little love bud is as unique as the woman attached to it. That’s important, too, because getting to know how it works and how to use it to produce pleasure is just a part of getting to know yourself, or your lover.
  7. It has universal language: The word “clitoris” may have been derived from the ancient Greek word for “key.” It’s also been traced to the verb “kleitoriazein”, which means to “titillate lasciviously or to seek pleasure.” Still, no matter where we trace back its linguistic origins, the word — clitoris — is recognized not just in English, but in all modern European languages.
  8. It’s stimulated with exercise: Foreplay is important for a satisfying orgasm and you might be surprised to hear that the best foreplay is … a walk. Twenty minutes of moderate exercise increase a woman’s genital engorgement by 168 percent — and the effect persists for hours. So take your sweetie for a walk around the park and don’t be surprised if you both feel like a romp in bed afterward. The more you exercise, the healthier your clitoris will be.
  9. It Has a Limit: You probably know that clitoral stimulation is clutch for a great orgasm. But what you might not know is that your c-spot could reach its max pleasure potential. The clitoris swells in size as you approach climax, says Diana Hoppe, M.D., author of Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You, making it a little uncomfortable and sometimes painful to continue stimulating it to that point. So if your clitoris start feeling way too sensitive, lighten up the stimulation and pay more attention to the surrounding areas.
  10. Your brain and your clitoris. But did you know that a woman’s orgasm are triggered by nerves that originate in at least six different tissues? Yes, nerve impulses from the clitoris build in your brain to achieve orgasm. Different women have different active nerve pathways, and these pathways change during pregnancy, lactation and after menopause. The thinking part of the brain (the neocortex) hinders orgasm, which centers in the feeling-centered hypothalamus. As we approach orgasm, the clitoris integrate information from these inputs, plus reports from the cerebral cortex, the hypothalamus, and the peripheral nervous system. Whew! Best not to think about it.

 Well Understanding the clitoris is the sign of a man that is invested in his partner and her pleasure, both of which are noble qualities. Even though it seems like a bit of a mystery, there’s nothing to be afraid of, and many things to gain, namely a happy and satisfied woman. And remember, a satisfied woman is going to be more interested in making sure that you’re satisfied too, and you can’t ask for more than that.

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