Six Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Your Clitoris
c. 2012 Susun S Weed (Expert)
Down There: Sexual & Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way
We all know that the clitoris is the only organ on earth whose sole purpose is pleasure. But did you know that a clitoris, as a whole, is as large as a penis? Yes. Your erectile tissues (and their valved capillaries) are spread out over a larger area than His are, but his penis and your clitoris are equal in both size and weight.
“Clitoris” may be derived from the ancient Greek kleitoriazein, which means to “titillate lasciviously; to seek pleasure.”
We all know that women can come multiple times, without a refractory period. But did you know that your clitoris never ages? Yes. Once it is mature, the clitoris remains at the peak of its power for the rest of a woman’s life. Your clitoris is immortal; it is unchanging and never aging. You will have the same orgasmic capacity (and many swear increasing pleasure, too) at 95 as you did at 15.
Clitoris may be from the Greek word for “key.”
We all know the clitoris is sensitive and quirky. But did you know that it has more nerves than the penis? Yes. There are about eight thousand nerves in the clitoris – more than in your fingertips, lips, or tongue. And twice as many as there are in the glans of the penis.
Clitoris may possibly be derived from the Greek for “to be inclined.”
We all know that the vagina is the inner portion and the vulva is the outer parts. But did you know that the clitoris extends through both the vagina and the vulva? Yes. The clitoral erectile tissues are spread across a wide area.
The hood and shaft are visible between the lips of the vulva, while the roots, spongy tissues, and bulbs of the clitoris are secreted within the vulvar lips and the upper, inner wall of the vagina. These tissues function as a coordinated network, rather than as a single unit, like the penile tissues. This allows women to maintain engorgement and achieve orgasm repeatedly, with increasing pleasure..
No matter what the root word was, clitoris (cli-TOR-is or KLIT-oris) it is, not just in English, but in all modern European languages.
We all know that foreplay is important for a satisfying orgasm. But did you know that the best foreplay is a walk? Yes. Twenty minutes of moderate exercise increases women’s genital engorgement by 168 percent. And the effect persists for hours. So take your sweetie for a walk around the park and don’t be surprised if you both feel like a romp in bed afterward. The more you exercise, the healthier your clitoris will be.
Paraplegic women can learn to have an orgasm from stimulation of the earlobe.
We all know that orgasm can be elusive for women. But did you know that women’s orgasms are triggered by nerves that originate in at least six different tissues? Yes, nerve impulses from the clitoris, vagina, vulva, periurethal tissues, anus, and uterus build to and add to orgasm. Different women have different active nerve pathways, and these pathways change during pregnancy, lactation, and after menopause. As we approach orgasm, the clitoris integrates information from these inputs, plus reports from the cerebral cortex, the hypothalamus, and the peripheral nervous system. Whew! Best not to think about it.
The commisure is the seam where the crown and the shaft meet. One side (often the left), rubbed smoothly and evenly, with plenty of lubrication, is, for most women, a certain path to orgasm.
We all know that the thinking part of the brain (the neocortex) hinders orgasm, which centers in the feeling-centered hypothalamus. I’ll be back soon with some great tips for Getting Around the Nasty Neocortex and Into the Hip Hypothalamus. Until then, Green blessings to all.
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