All About the Clitoris

Female Orgasm The clitoris is, to many people, the most important clue on the path of the holy grail of sex: the female orgasm. Everyone knows the clitoris is incredibly sensitive, and most people realize that women are far more likely to achieve orgasm through clitoral stimulation than vaginal stimulation.

The purpose of this article is to give an overview and specific, useful information about what the clitoris is, what it does, and how to use it.

Where is the clitoris?

The clitoris is a shaft of tissue, the tip of which peeks out where the top of the inner vaginal lips meet. The exposed part of the clitoris is small, on average, in an unaroused woman, about this big: O

The clitoris engorges (fills with blood) and expands when a woman is aroused and doubles or even triples in size.

The sensitive clitoris is protected from the world by a hood of skin. Many women's clitorises are too sensitive for direct touch, and should only be manipulated through the hood (see clitoral stimulation for more details).

What is the clitoris?

In a developing fetus, the clitoris develops from the same tissue that becomes the penis in a boy fetus. Imagine -- all the nerve endings on the head of the male penis, packed into a tiny space. No wonder they're so sensitive.

What does the clitoris do?

As far as we know, the clitoris only exists to give a woman orgasms.

For a long time, scientists thought the female orgasm had no purpose in a biological or evolutionary sense. Now we know that women who achieve orgasm during sex retain more of the man's sperm and are more likely to conceive. Because the clitoris plays an important role in female orgasm, the clitoris therefore plays an important role in sex.

What's the best way to learn more about the clitoris?

If you're a woman: explore yourself. Use a mirror and locate the different parts of your body. Explore, through female masturbation, what kinds of sensations you prefer. Use various techniques. Buy a vibrator. Every orgasm you have will teach you more about yourself and your clitoris.

If you're a man: talk to your partner. Watch her masturbate. Ask her questions about what she likes and how she likes it. Explore her sexuality with her, try new sex toys and new sexual positions. And ask lots of questions.