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How to Locate the Clitoris: Clit Picture and Information


Author: SexTails
Published: 28-Jan-15 Revised/Updated 03-Nov-17

What is the Clitoris?

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The clitoris is a female sex organ present in mammals, ostriches and a limited number of other animals, and is the focus of pleasure sensation for most woman and usually the place that, when stimulated, will bring her to orgasm. The female clitoris is not the same as the G-Spot. The majority of women require clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm.

The clitoris is a small bud like formation located slightly above the opening to the vagina, at the top of the inner labia (lips) (See Fig 1.).

Clitoris sizes and shapes differ with every female, but is generally between 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch in size. The tissue responds to sexual arousal by filling with blood and becoming hard and erect. The clitoris is the equivalent of the male penis, full of nerve endings and becomes engorged when the woman is sexually aroused. In fact the clitoris contains at least 8,000 sensory nerve endings. To put that into perspective, the penis has about 4,000. That makes this tiny area the most sensitive part of a woman’s erogenous zone. And while the clitoris is quite small, its powerful sensations can spread across a woman's pelvic area by affecting 15,000 other nerve endings.

Fig 1. Diagram of the clitoris anatomy
Fig 1. Diagram of the clitoris anatomy
General statistics indicate 70 to 80 percent of women require direct clitoral stimulation (consistent manual, oral or other concentrated friction against the external parts of the clitoris) to reach orgasm, though indirect clitoral stimulation (for example, via vaginal penetration) may also be sufficient for female orgasm.

Social perceptions of the clitoris range from the significance of its role in female sexual pleasure, assumptions about its true size and depth, and varying beliefs regarding genital modification such as clitoris enlargement, clitoris piercing and clitoridectomy; genital modification may be for aesthetic, medical or cultural reasons.

Finding the Clitoris

If a female was laying down, with her legs apart, and you were looking at her vulva, the clitoris would be at the 12 o'clock position of the vulva. It is not inside the vagina, but directly above it, and is covered by a little fleshy area known as the clitoral hood (See Fig 2.).

Stimulating the Clitoris

The abundance of nerve endings in the clitoris, the majority of which exist specifically for sexual enjoyment, make it the human female's most sensitive erogenous zone and generally the primary anatomical source of human female sexual pleasure. Because the clitoris is so highly packed with nerve endings, even gentle, slow touches can adequately stimulate the clitoris bring the woman to orgasm or arouse her during foreplay.

Due to the glans's high sensitivity, direct stimulation to it is not always pleasurable; instead, direct stimulation to the hood or the areas near the glans are often more pleasurable, with the majority of females preferring to use the hood to stimulate the glans, or to have the glans rolled between the lips of the labia, for indirect touch.

As the clitoris's external location does not allow for direct stimulation by sexual penetration, any external clitoral stimulation while in the missionary sex position usually results from the pubic bone area, the movement of the groins when in contact. As such, some couples may engage in the woman-on-top position or the coital alignment technique, a technique combining the "riding high" variation of the missionary position with pressure-counterpressure movements performed by each partner in rhythm with sexual penetration, to maximize clitoral stimulation.

Ways of Stimulating the Clitoris Include:

Female Circumcision:

In some cultures parts of the clitoris may be partially or completely removed during FGM; this may be additionally known as a clitoridectomy, female circumcision, or female genital cutting (FGC). Removing the glans of the clitoris does not mean that the whole structure is lost, since the clitoris reaches deep into the genitals.

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