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Female Anatomy 101: 7 Eye-Opening Facts About The Clitoris That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

By @lizcelineb [email protected]
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Press play on the “pink button” and discover seven surprising facts about the clitoris — from being the equivalent of a penis to its wishbone-like shape — to become a female genitalia genius. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock
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Pushing the “pink button” near a woman’s vagina will unlock the secrets to her deepest sexual pleasures. The clitoris is the most sensitive part of a woman’s body that can send vibrations up and down her spine when stimulated. Although the “magic button” can transport a woman and her partner to cloud nine, many men and women alike are unfamiliar with it. To boost your female genitalia IQ, Women’s Health has compiled a list of seven eye-opening facts about the clitoris that will make your head spin right round, right round.  

1. It’s A Sensitivity Center

The clitoris has approximately 8,000 nerving endings, which is more than anywhere else in the female body. The penis only has 4,000.

2. It’s Similar To A Penis

The clitoris is not shaped like a penis, but it is similar to the male anatomy because it has a glans, a foreskin, also known as the clitoral hood, and even a shaft. Moreover, it swells up when it’s aroused.

3. It Has One Job

The “lady button” has one job, and one job only, and that’s pleasure. It is the only part of the female body whose main function is to serve as pleasure.

4. Size Does Matter

Similar to the never-ending penis debate of whether size matters, the size, or distance of a woman’s clitoris from her vagina may affect her ability to orgasm. A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found out of 30 women, 10 of them said they had a difficult time orgasming. These 10 women tended to have clitorises that were father from their vaginal opening.

5. It’s Way Bigger Than You Think

The clitoris is more than just a button. Underneath the shape seen in a female diagraph, the clitoris has a shape of a wishbone, with two legs that extend 3 inches into the vagina, which connects to the G-spot. This pleasure zone has a lot of reach and power during pleasure.

6. It Has A Limit

Sorry ladies, but the clitoris can reach its maximum pleasure potential once it’s stimulated. If it continues to be stimulated, pleasure can soon turn into pain and discomfort. The clitoris can become very sensitive, so it’s best to ease the stimulation, and focus on the surrounding areas.

7. Positioning Is Everything

The perfect positioning for clitoral stimulation may be the coital alignment technique. If a man is on top, he can scoot up to about 2 inches so the base of the penis is directly aligned with the woman’s clitoris, according to Women’s Health. This should be followed by a rocking motion while the woman wraps her legs tightly around the man’s thighs.

To learn more about the female anatomy, specifically the vagina, take a look at TheirToys.com  infographic below. 

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The clitoris is the pleasure center of the vulva. It doesn’t have a central role in reproduction like the penis or vagina — it’s pretty much just there to feel good! The clitoris is right under the point where the inner labia meet and form a little hood (known as the clitoral hood, in fact). The head, or glans, of the clitoris may vary in size, but only the tip of the clitoris can be seen at the top of the vulva, under the clitoral hood. Fun fact about the clitoris: the rest of its spongy shaft divides into two “legs” that reach more than five inches inside the body!

You can find a diagram of the vulva — including the clitoris and the clitoral hood — here .

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Here's How To Find The Clitoris — You Can Thank Us Later

Cory Stieg
Biology is hard , but finding the clitoris doesn’t have to be. The thing is, lots of people don’t know where the clitoris is, and many of us are too embarrassed to ask. Rest assured, we’ve got you covered : sit back and enjoy Clitoris 101 .
We know that the clitoris is an erogenous organ that plays an important role in sexual response , according to Encyclopedia Brittanica. So, why is it so hard for people to locate? “Because people are ignorant,” says Patti Britton , PhD, clinical sexologist. To clarify, you’re not ignorant if you can’t find the clitoris, but rather, “the ignorance is not understanding that it is a complex structure made of many parts,” she says. (And the less-than-stellar sex ed in the U.S. generally doesn’t equip people with that knowledge.) If you’re confused, you’re on the right track, because the clit is complex.
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When a person goes looking for the clitoris, usually they’re trying to see or feel for a protrusion shaped like a pearl or pea at the top of the vulva, Dr. Britton says. That’s the glans clitoris, which is really just the tip of the iceberg, she says. The glans clitoris is the only external manifestation of the clitoris, but it isn’t always visible to the naked eye. “Unless a person is stimulated to a high state of arousal, that little pearl may be retracted, not noticeable, or hard to feel with a finger or tongue,” she says. So, depending on a specific person’s anatomy, someone can end up “going on a hunt for the pearl,” and then get discouraged when they can’t find it.
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The clitoris is really a “huge internal structure,” Dr. Britton says. Under the vulva lie the “legs” of the clitoris, or the ” crus clitoris ,” which form a wishbone shape, she says. And then at the tip of that wishbone is the glans clitoris, which is the tiny part people can sometimes see. Dr. Britton says the easiest way to understand what the clit looks like on the inside is to look at a 3-D model. Some artists have actually created 3-D printed models of the clit (because, art), and they’re actually pretty chic.

It’s finally here: P6s’ very own 3D clitoris! Here it is chilling in the leafs 🌱 Drop by the P6 office to say hi! #thisistheclit #3dclitoris #p6 #studentlund

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In addition to all these internal parts, there’s also an external structure that could be in the way of the glans clit, the clitoral hood , Dr. Britton says. The clitoral hood is basically like the “foreskin” of the clitoris and covers up the glans clitoris, she says. When a person with a vagina is aroused, usually the clitoral hood will fully retract, but that’s not always the case, because everyone’s anatomy is slightly different, she says. You might have to physically move aside your clitoral hood in order to stimulate your glans clitoris, or you might require more pressure to feel aroused, she says.
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Want to find your clit? Dr. Britton suggests trying a genital self-viewing exercise, which isn’t as clinical as it sounds. Sit in front of a mirror, or hold up a mirror to your vagina, so that you can relax and still see what’s going on down under, she says. You might even want to get a light, or use the LED light on your phone to shine on your vaginal area for better viewing, she suggests.
To orient yourself, the glans clitoris should be at 12 o’clock, and your vaginal opening will be at 6 o’clock, Dr. Britton says. If you want to stimulate your clit , gently stroke the top, where your glans clitoris is, in a circular motion. “Your clit, as well as the other aroused parts, will swell, making it much more noticeable,” she says. If you’re still not seeing anything, Dr. Britton suggests experimenting using a vibrator and watching what happens as you get aroused. And even if you can’t actually see your clitoris, but you can feel pleasurable sensations around that area , you probably have found it, she says.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether or not your clitoris is visible, and it’s definitely not worth it to get frustrated if you can’t find it. “Sometimes, people have big clits, or sometimes there’s only a tiny part peeking out, no bigger than a lentil,” Dr. Britton says. The point is that if you’re curious or even confused, you shouldn’t be afraid to get up in there and figure out what’s going on — it’s worth clit.
The gap between what we learned in sex ed and what we’re learning through sexual experience is big — way too big. So we’re helping to connect those dots by talking about the realities of sex, from how it’s done to how to make sure it’s consensual, safe, healthy, and pleasurable all at once. Check out more here .
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