C is for Clitoris

Hi Readers!

For women, non-binary people, and trans people with clitorises, the clitoris is a key source of pleasure; it contains corresponding structures and nerve pathways to the penis, in that it fills with blood on arousal and it is a source of sexual pleasure when stimulated. The clitoris is the pleasure center of the vulva. It doesn’t have a central role in reproduction like the penis or vagina. The clitoris’ sole purpose is to give pleasure.  

It is often not a part of typical female anatomy that we are particularly familiar with or learn about when we are younger and are being taught in school. The clitoris is right under the point where the inner labia meet and form a ‘hood’. What you see under this hood, roughly the size of a green pea is just the tip of the iceberg. 

Fun fact!

The clitoris extends about 9cm in length and 6cm in width underneath the skin. The rest of its spongy shaft divides into two ‘legs’ that reach more than 12.7cm inside the person’s body.

That being said, the external part of the clitoris, the glans clitoris, as well as the clitoral hood, can vary from person to person in look, shape, colour and size, just like the penis.

 The full structure looks like this:

I hope this has given you some insight on this subject. 

Have fun with it!

Be kind to one another

Julia, Sexologist


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