The clitoris is the female sex organ that has one purpose and one purpose only…PLEASURE! Yet it’s the most overlooked female body part!
DID YOU KNOW
- 29% of college women are unable to locate the clitoris on an anatomy diagram?
(Compared to ONLY 25% of their male counterparts!)
- 70 – 80% of women reach orgasm via clitoral stimulation alone, so without this pleasure-giving organ, women would be SOL when it comes to orgasms.
So without further ado, give me a hand in welcoming these seven interesting facts that you may not have known about the organ that makes women’s eyes roll into the back of their head:
THE CLITORIS IS REALLY A PENIS!
The clitoris comes from the same embryonic tissue as a penis. During the development phase (approximately 12 weeks), the genitalia decide whether or not they’re going to become a penis or labia based on the chromosomes it was dealt. It’s components are similar to a penis as well… it has a glans, a foreskin (aka the hood), erectile tissue, and a tiny shaft.
ONLY 1/4 OF THE CLITORIS IS VISIBLE!
The clitoris is much bigger than you think! Did you know the clitoris extends up to 5 inches inside the body and down the labia? (The longest clitoris measured was 12 inches long in total! Wowza!)
The legs of the clitoris extend back and down into the body and is shaped like a wishbone. There are many erogenous areas along the clitoral legs that can be extremely erotic for women. Most people focus all of their attention on the clitoral head, and skip over the clitoral shaft, the urethral sponge, vestibular bulbs, glands, and the legs.
IT GETS AN ERECTION!
The clitoris has erectile tissue just like a penis. During arousal, it swells and grows in size due to blood flowing into the tissues. As it swells, it gets exposed to even more nerve endings making it even more sensitive. The amount of growth varies from woman to woman.
IT’S THE MOST SENSITIVE BODY PART!
The clitoris contains 8,000 nerve endings, nearly double that of the penis, and it can affect up to 15,000 other surrounding nerve endings giving women nearly 4x the amount of sensory receptors as men. Yet more women struggle with the ability to reach orgasm than men do… hmmm?
IF YOU DON’T USE IT, YOU’LL LOSE IT!
If the clitoris goes unused, it will retreat into the body and the hood will fuse closed, known as clitoral atrophy. Just like every other tissue in the body, the clitoris requires blood flow to stay happy and healthy. So whatever you do – give your clitoris some love at least a few times a week.
Hormonal changes lead to the clitoris growing over the course of a woman’s life. The onset of puberty initiates the clitoris to increase in size. At the end of puberty, it is about 1.8x larger. By the time a woman is 32 years olds, the clitoris will be 4x as big as it was at the onset of puberty. After menopause, the clitoris will grow to be 7x bigger than it was at birth. But don’t worry, this growth is barely noticeable. However, women who have taken anabolic steroids actually grow their clitorises to look like mini penises.
IT NEVER AGES!
That’s right – your clitoris NEVER ages, despite how much wear and tear it has. Once it reaches its maturity level, it maintains its pleasure capacity. Which means that you’ll be able to have the same mind-blowing orgasms at 90 years old as you did as a teenager.
And there you have it… some sexy and fun facts about the queen of sexual pleasure!! Get to know your female body parts…. examine them… explore them… adore them! There’s nothing dirty or wrong or shameful with loving your genitals! So if you feel guilty embarking down pleasure lane, DON’T… your body was designed with pleasure in mind!
Dr. Shelly Persad, the founder of Orgasmical Medicine, is a world-renowned orgasmicologist, sexual fitness trainer, author, and speaker. Orgasmical Medicine is a blend of ancient wisdom and techniques with modern day science and research that helps people obtain their ideal body, relationship, and sex life. Dr. Shelly teaches people how to harness sexual energy, the most powerful healing force known to man, and use it to transform all areas of their life.