The clitoris is just one of many erogenous zones on your body. It's the most sensitive area on your body because it has 8,000 nerve endings! We often think of the clitoris as the pea-sized structure that sits above the vaginal opening and urethra (pee hole), but it is more like an iceberg. We can see the external part of the clitoris, but the majority of the clitoris is not visible. The internal parts are like two legs called crura that extend into the labia and wrap around both sides of the vagina towards the anus. This part of the clitoris has erectile tissue that swells because of increased blood flow during sexual arousal and leads to increased lubrication of the vagina and sensation.
Not all women have an orgasm; however, 50-75% of women who can have an orgasm require some clitoral stimulation. There have been claims that the left upper quadrant of the clitoris is the most sensitive part of the clitoris, and stimulating that area is the key to having a clitoral orgasm.
If you think of the clitoris as a clock, the “sweet spot” is around 1 o’clock, with the highest concentration of nerves. Whether you believe this or not, communication is the best way to get maximum pleasure. Communication can involve either words or your body language.
Tell your partner what you want, how, and where you like to be touched. Experimentation with or without a partner can help you achieve sexual satisfaction or orgasms. To find out what feels good to you, experiment by touching new areas, trying different positions, applying light or deep pressure, or trying different rhythms. The goal is sexual satisfaction and doesn’t have to end with an orgasm.
All orgasms are different and vary, but the path to get there is all about experimenting, communication, and just simply enjoying the process.
Here's to exploring and enjoying!
Dr. Jodie Horton