What is there to know about that most elusive part of the female anatomy?
Maria Cohut, Medical News Today – What is it, where is it located, and what does it do?
How did it develop, and why don’t we hear much about it?
We answer all these questions and more about that most elusive part of the female anatomy: the clitoris.
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All female mammals have a clitoris. However, it is not clear if or how many of them also orgasm thanks to this organ.
In humans, the clitoris has been firmly tied to sexual pleasure.
Despite approximately half the world’s population being born with a clitoris, this sexual organ is not talked about very much, and, until very recently, even the information that we might have found about it in textbooks was incorrect or misleading.
More than just a ‘little hill’
The nature of the clitoris can be found in the name itself; “clitoris” comes from the Ancient Greek word “kleitoris,” meaning “little hill.”
This organ may be the key that unlocks female sexual pleasure, it is not just a “little hill,” as it has long been believed.
In fact, the little hill is just the tip of the much larger organ that is the clitoris.
That tip, called the clitoral glans, is the most readily visible part of this genital organ.
Yet the entire organ extends much farther than that, and this notion was initially brought to public attention only a few years ago by researcher Dr. Helen O’Connell.
The clitoris has three major components:
- the glans clitoris, which is the only visible part of the organ, accounting for “a fifth or less” of the entire structure
- the two crura, which extend, like brackets, down from the glans clitoris and deep into the tissue of the vulva, on either side
- the two bulbs of the vestibule, which extend either side of the vaginal orifice …
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