Anatomy of a Clitoris

Drawing of the human female pelvic bones

In a world where many women have difficulty reaching orgasm, it pays to be educated about the female phallus; that is, the clitoris. Did you know that the little nub of flesh hiding between the labia is only the tip of the iceberg, as it were? Indeed, Glamour tells us, the clitoris is far larger than you might think.

But it’s not just the part of the clit we can see that reacts when you’re aroused. According to Rebecca Brightman, M.D., an ob-gyn at East Side Women’s Associates, the entire clitoris is “0.5 to 2 cm in length, and the glans is less than 1 cm. The entire clitoral complex—including the internal wings—will become engorged and enlarged with stimulation.”

We still don’t know everything about this essential organ of pleasure, though. According to Glamour, he medical community didn’t know about the internal structure of the clitoris “…until a female urologist named Helen O’Connell, M.D., figured it out while dissecting cadavers. She published her work, ‘The Anatomy of the Clitoris,’ in 1998.” There’s plenty of research still to be done.

The Internal Clitoris, or That Thing You Never Knew You Had.


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