As one of the most sensitive sexual organs of a woman's anatomy, the clitoris is located on the external area above the opening of the vagina. Unlike many other elements of the female anatomy, clitoris does not play an imperative role in a woman's ability to conceive a child. In fact, the clitoris is solely designed to provide a woman with feelings of sexual pleasure.
The Anatomy of the Clitoris
The clitoris is only found in female mammals. In humans, specifically, the clitoris can be found between the labia minora, as the clitoris is located directly near the opening of the urethra and the vagina. The inner tissues of the labia minora surround the clitoris, as the labia connects at both the top and bottom of the clitoris. At the top, the labia minora connect to create a “hood,” which covers the clitoris for protection.
Finding the Clitoris
While the size and appearance of the clitoris will vary for each woman, it should generally appear as a small and shiny area inside the surrounding labia. To examine the clitoris, one can simply push back the “hood” located at the top of the clitoris. When a woman is aroused, the clitoris actually becomes less visible, as the “hood” above the clitoris will swell in order to protect it. Since the clitoris is so sensitive, direct contact can often feel uncomfortable for many women. As a result, the labia minora serve to cover the clitoris during stimulation. After an orgasm, the clitoris and the labia minora return to their normal sizes and positions.
The Sexual Benefits of the Clitoris
Unique only to the female anatomy, the clitoris is the only body part that is designed solely for pleasure. Even men do not have a sexual organ that holds only a pleasure-based purpose. As there are an incredibly high amount of nerve endings in the clitoris, this region will feel very sensitive to both direct and indirect sensations.
By applying massage pressure, or even different forms of temperature (such as heat) to this area, the clitoris may experience various feelings and stimulating effects. In fact, some women assert that they are only able to experience an orgasm when the clitoris is aroused. As the clitoris does not help or hurt a woman's fertility, hormonal balances, and does not hold any responsibilities aside from providing pleasure, the clitoris plays a key role in a woman's sexual satisfaction. To stimulate the clitoris, individuals and / or sexual partners can explore a variety of techniques:
- Erotic massage with one's hands / finger
- Oral stimulation using one's tongue
- Vibrator and / or other sexual enhancing products
Since direct contact with the clitoris can cause discomfort, an individual can use various stimulation techniques in the areas around the clitoris, such as the labia minora. This should allow the clitoris to enjoy indirect sensations along with arousing benefits.