This weekend, as a few girlfriends and I were sitting on the beach, discussing masturbation and our own personal preferences on how to get down when no one else is around. Yes, we actually talk about this kind of stuff.
One of my friends mentioned something that literally blew my mind. She admitted she has never used a vibrator, the essential tool to reaching clitoral climax.
The clitoris is an amazing thing, for more reasons than one. To me, it is the superhighway to pleasure town on the female body, and the idea that one of my dear friends had never touched a buzzing Godsend to her clit to reach solo sexual climax made me feel pity, sorrow and just general sadness.
So, for anyone not convinced of the powers of the almighty clitoris, here are a few reasons why it is such an amazing part of the female body.
1. It’s the only sexual organ without a reproductive function. So essentially, it is designed purely for pleasure.
2. It grows! During a woman’s lifetime, the clitoris will grow due to hormonal changes in the body. In fact, by the time a woman is about 32 years old, the clitoris will be four times as big as it was at the onset of puberty. And it doesn’t end there. After menopause, the clitoris will be about seven times larger than it was at birth. Don’t sweat it though, ladies – the change is so small it won’t be very noticeable.
3. The clitoris and the penis are equivalent, gender-adapted equals. The clitoris is made of the same erectile tissue as a penis, has a penis-like shaft, and a tiny glands with its own foreskin.
4. The clitoral head has more sensory nerve endings than any other structure in the body (female or male) — somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000 thousand, four times as many as on the (much larger) head of the penis.
5. The clitoris is much larger than we might think – only one quarter of the clitoris is visible and the rest of it is inside the body. The clitoris is made up of many different parts, including the clitoral head, the hood the clitoral shaft, the urethral sponge, erectile tissue, glands, vestibular bulbs and the crura (or the clitoral legs). Only the clitoral head and the hood are located outside the body.
6. Clitoral stimulation are essential to a proper female orgasm. Only about 30 percent of women reach orgasm through penetration, while up to 75 percent of us reach orgasm through stimulation of the clitoris.
7. Every female mammal has one. However, we humans are one of the few species that has evolved to actually use the clitoris for sexual pleasure.