The Clitoris

The clitoris is the only organ in the human body whose sole function is pleasure. In other words, the clitoris was built for orgasm. The tip of the clitoris is the round nub right above the meeting point of the inner labia. It is protected by a little fold of skin, or hood, which is a good thing, because there are 6,000 to 8,000 nerve endings in the clit, and even a light touch is usually felt rather intensely. As with the penis, the clitoris is composed of erectile tissue and gets bigger and harder when a woman is turned on. A lot of women prefer their clits touched through the clitoral hood.


The visible nub of the clit, called the glans, is just the tip of the iceberg. The clitoris continues on from the exposed tip, primarily in the form of two clitoral legs which stretch back beneath the labia on either side of the vaginal opening. There are significant areas of erectile tissue, muscles, nerves and blood vessels which are part of the complex organ which responds to sexual tension and resolves in orgasm.


Because the clitoris is more extensive than we previously realized, the conflict between clitoral and vaginal orgasms should be over. Women who orgasm through vaginal or G-spot stimulation are being turned on by stimulation of a different area of the same sexual response organ as women who come from stimulation of the external part of the clitoris. Orgasms generated from stimulation of different areas may feel different, but in a fundamental way they are the same. Of course, no way of reaching orgasm is better. All ways are good!


Women vary greatly in terms of the clitoral stimulation they prefer. Many women absolutely love being licked and sucked for example, but others don't. Vibrators, with their impressive range of intensities, offer an ideal way to experiment with clitoral stimulation. Great beginner vibrators are the Wahl, the Hitachi, the Fukuoku finger vibe, and the Rabbit Pearl.

Further Reading

For partner tips  try She Comes First, by Ian Kerner.