Oh, the mysterious clitoris. For being the epicenter of female sexual pleasure, it really seems to confuse a lot of people. Let’s start this off with a road map—for all those times your partner thought they knew where it was.
As you can see, the clitoris is at the top of the labia, just below the pubic bone, and can be hidden under the upper part of the lips (labia). The clitoris is the most sexually responsive part of a woman’s body, and the organ responsible for 70% of women’s orgasms. It’s also SUPER sensitive: the clitoris has thousands of nerve endings in it. This can be good news and bad news. While the clitoris is made for intense pleasure, for a lot of women, it can be too sensitive to touch directly. Partners—ask your lady what she likes and what feels good before you start your journey.
The average clitoris is about 4 inches in length, but three fourths of this is hidden from view—only the tip of the clitoris can be seen. For many women the visible portion of the clitoris can be up to 2 ½ inches in length and almost 1 inch in diameter.
The most visible, easy to see & feel part of the clitoris is the glans or head. On average, it’s the size of a small pencil eraser or a pea.
The clitoral gland grows throughout life and between the age of 7 and 11 it grows approximately 20% and then grows another 26 % between ages 11-14 –1.5 times larger than when a young girl begins puberty.
A woman’s clitoris can be hard to find until you get to know her body, or until she shows you where the fabulous button is. Don’t be afraid to stop and ask for directions. And ladies, feel free to give some turn by turn instructions!
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