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All About the Clit

All About the Clit

The love button, rosebud, the bean … the clitoris is proof that women are indeed sexual creatures. It’s the only part of the human anatomy whose sole purpose is for sexual pleasure.

There are a lot of great clit sex toys that are designed for clit play. There’s a reason why rabbit vibrators are some of the most popular sex toys for two-for-one fun. Some vibrators are made just for the clit. Some vibrating cock rings are as much fun for women as they are for men. For those who like to mix and merge their pleasure with pain, there are also clit clamps.

Clitoris AnatomyIn some ways the tip of the clitoris is a lot like the tip of a penis, only much smaller and packed with a lot more nerve endings –about 8,000. Only a small part of the clitoris peeks outside of the body. Its powerful sensations can spread across a woman’s pelvic area by affecting 15,000 other nerve endings. The rest of the clitoris is inside the body.  A woman’s clit is made up of many different parts — the clitoral head, the hood, the clitoral shaft, the urethral sponge, erectile tissue, glands, vestibular bulbs and the crura (or the clitoral legs).

Not all clits look alike and some can be hard to find. Some are as small as a grain of rice while others stick out like a small penis when they’re aroused. Like penises, clits get hard and erect during arousal. Some are very shy and rarely peek out of the hood, and others are big show-offs. Some disappear into the hood once they’re aroused, and others pop out when a woman is turned on. Some increase in size when aroused, and others hide under the hood.

The good news is that clits grow during a woman’s life. By the time a woman is 32 years old, the clitoris will be almost four times as big as it was at the onset of puberty. After menopause, the clitoris will be about seven times larger than it was at birth. Once it is mature, the clitoris remains at the peak of its power for the rest of a woman’s life. A woman has the same orgasmic capacity at 95 years old as she did as a teenager.

Because not all clits are alike, don’t be afraid to masturbate or take time to understand your partner’s clit.

Because the clitoris is so extremely sensitive to touch, diving in and honing in on the clitoris at the get-go might not be the best plan of attack for some women. Caress the areas on either side of her clitoris, including her labia, before gently making the first contact. A lot of women may find direct pressure uncomfortable, so try aiming just below or just above the clitoris and make small circular movements.

Aside from rubbing the clit, use two fingers in a V shape and slide them down either side of the clit with fingertips towards the vagina, then slide towards and away. If you’re looking to move past the basic flick and swirl of the tongue during oral sex, try creating a bit of suction by taking her clitoris into your mouth with some gentle sucking or pulling away when she’s close to orgasm. Then gently blow on it to heighten her sensation and prolong the pleasure.

Keep in mind that some women may not like clitoral stimulation if it’s too intense or distracting. Enjoying your sexual self, no matter how, is the most important thing about sex.

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