Female health: The function of the clitoris
The clitoris is the most misunderstood part of the female sex organ.
Most anatomical illustrations show only the part of the clitoris visible from the outside, consisting of a short shaft, a pearl-sized glans and a small hood at the upper end of the labia minora. Similar to the image of an iceberg, where only the small tip is visible and the remainder, which is much bigger in size is hidden, the clitoris, which is not just a small pearl or a cute knob, but a large lust organ, extends from the upper end of the labia to the vaginal orifice.
- Glans clitoris: This is what we first think of when picturing the clitoris. Even though it’s only ‘the size of a pea or pearl,’ it actually has thousands of nerve endings.
- Clitoral hood: The labia minora connect to form the clitoral hood. When aroused, the hood retracts slightly. That way it exposes the glans.
- Clitoral body: The clitoral body is located internally. It connects to the glans and is suspended from the pubic bone.
- Corpora cavernosa: The clitoral body consists of two corpora cavernosa that can become erect during arousal.
- Paired crura: The clitoral body branches off to form two appendages which look like “legs”. These “legs” surround the urethra and the vaginal canal and become engorged with blood when you’re aroused.
- Vestibular bulbs: The vestibular bulbs form an upside-down heart shape, with the urethra and the vaginal canal at the heart’s cleavage. The bulbs reach through and behind the labia. From there they’re continuing around the vaginal canal, and toward the anus.
The clitoris is highly touch-sensitive and swells with sexual arousal, similar to the penis. Its only function, however, is to bring intense pleasure made possible by over 8.000 nerve endings, twice as many as a penis.
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