The Clitoris During Intercourse
is the female sexual organ found where the labia minora, or inner lips, meet.
It consists of a rounded area or head, called the glans, and a longer part,
called the shaft, which contains cavernous bodies similar to those of the
The tissue of the inner lips normally covers
the shaft of the clitoris, which makes a hood, or prepuce, to protect it. The
only directly visible part of the clitoris is the glans, which looks like a
small, shiny button.
The size and shape vary considerably among
women. It can be seen by gently pushing back the skin of the clitoral hood.
There is a high concentration of nerve endings in the clitoris and in the area
immediately surrounding it.
The abundance of nerve endings in the clitoris
makes it very sensitive to direct or indirect touch or pressure. Stimulation
of the clitoral area can be very pleasurable.
Clitoris ? The Only
Organ Designed for Pleasure
In fact, providing its owner with sexual pleasure is the organ's only known
function, and the clitoris is the only organ in either sex with pleasure as
its sole function. It has nothing to do with getting pregnant, with
menstruation, or with urination.
When a woman becomes sexually aroused, both the
glans and the shaft fill with blood and increase in size. The glans can double
in diameter. There is no evidence that a larger clitoris means more intense
As erotic stimulation continues and orgasm
approaches, the clitoris becomes less visible as it is covered by the swelling
of tissues of the clitoral hood. This swelling is designed to protect the
clitoris from direct contact, which, for some women, can be more irritating
than pleasurable. It moves out again when the stimulation stops.
After orgasm the clitoris returns to its normal
size within about ten minutes because the orgasm leads to a dispersal of the
accumulated blood. If the woman doesn't have an orgasm, the blood that has
flowed into the clitoris as a result of sexual arousal may remain there,
keeping the clitoris engorged for a few hours. Many women find this
A woman's clitoris can be stimulated through
direct or indirect contact. During intercourse the penis does not contact the
clitoris directly. The thrusting of the penis in the vagina, regardless of the
position used, moves the labia minora, and it is this movement of the lips
against the clitoris that usually creates the orgasm.
Direct contact with the clitoris by touching it
with a finger, vibrator, or a tongue can cause more discomfort than pleasure
for many women. For these women, more general rubbing or licking of the area
around the clitoris is likely to feel better. Other women enjoy very intense
direct stimulation. There is great variability in sensitivity of the clitoris
and each woman.
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